Rosemary Chorzempa began tracing her Polish immigrant family's roots as a teenager, and now lectures on genealogy. She has designed this introductory volume as a workbook in which the reader is a participant, researcher, recorder, and pedigreemaker. The pages provide the family historian space to document information (including photos) on self, father, mother, brothers and sister, and other relatives paternal and maternal. Instructions clarify the making of a basic family tree and pedigree chart; important rules of research method and etiquette teach the beginner good genealogical technique. In addition there are pages of autographs, family tales, heraldy, geography, foreign languages, ethnic crafts, foods and customs, a sample notebook filing system, correspondance record, glossary, biblography, ideas on further study and projects. As a final note, Mrs. Chorzempa includes her own autobiography and family tree.