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REVIEW: "Sams Teach Yourself e-Genealogy Today", Terri Stephens

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  • Rob Slade, doting grandpa of Ryan and Tr
    BKTYTEGE.RVW 20000605 Sams Teach Yourself e-Genealogy Today , Terri Stephens Lamb, 2000, 0-672-31816-4, U$17.99/C$26.95/UK#12.99 %A Terri Stephens Lamb
    Message 1 of 1 , Jul 21, 2000
      BKTYTEGE.RVW 20000605

      "Sams Teach Yourself e-Genealogy Today", Terri Stephens Lamb, 2000,
      0-672-31816-4, U$17.99/C$26.95/UK#12.99
      %A Terri Stephens Lamb tegger@...
      %C 201 W. 103rd Street, Indianapolis, IN 46290
      %D 2000
      %G 0-672-31816-4
      %I Macmillan Computer Publishing (MCP)
      %O U$17.99/C$26.95/UK#12.99 800-858-7674 http://www.mcp.com
      %P 228 p.
      %T "Sams Teach Yourself e-Genealogy Today"

      This book is a fairly generic guide to family tree research, with
      little significance for those who want to use the net as a tool.

      Part one starts with the groundwork. Chapter one tries to assess your
      genealogical motivations to give you some guidance on the style of
      your research, but just provides very general information. Some
      rather suspect computer recommendations are in chapter two, along with
      more general data. There is a terse section on searching the Web, but
      it doesn't mention other related tools like 411 directories for
      finding possible relatives.

      Part two, then, suggests finding living family. Chapter three gives
      some vague suggestions about names and places. A recommendation to
      find pre-done research, and some more net info, are in chapter four.

      Part three discusses databases. Chapter five suggests looking at US
      government data, without overly stressing the fact that little of it
      is available online. More records that aren't online are described in
      chapter six. Parish registers and other forms of record keeping that
      chapter seven talks about are definitely not online.

      Part four lists what you can do beyond the basic family research.
      Chapter eight describes some special groups and problems. Historical
      research and background is touched on in chapter nine. Publishing
      your research online is discussed in chapter ten, including an
      excellent section on copyright and privacy.

      Appendix A lists some Web sites, with no annotations. Appendix B is a
      genealogy source checklist, with no relevance to online work.

      Site descriptions and mentions are difficult. Screenshots have
      omitted Uniform Resource Locators (URLs). I was rather struck by the
      International Black Sheep Society of Genealogists, but "IBSSG," "Black
      Sheep," and "international" fail to give any clues in the index.
      There is a "workshop" and quiz at the end of each chapter, but these
      are simple reading checks.

      copyright Robert M. Slade, 2000 BKTYTEGE.RVW 20000605

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      For the time will come when men will not put up with sound
      doctrine. Instead, to suit their own desires, they will gather
      around them a great number of teachers to say what their itching
      ears want to hear. - II Timothy 4:3
      http://victoria.tc.ca/techrev or http://sun.soci.niu.edu/~rslade
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