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The Complete Idiot's Guide to Genealogy, 2nd Edition [Paperback]

Christine Rose CG CGL FASG , Kay Germain Ingalls CG
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Jan. 3 2006 The Complete Idiot's Guide
This user-friendly volume offers readers an opportunity to understand the craft of genealogy, explore their roots, perform online research, and begin to discover their true identities. Includes new information on the release of the 1930 census, the pros and cons of online research, and creating family trees.

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The single best ‘beginner’s guide’ in the genealogical field. (Elizabeth Shown Mills, editor of the National Genealogical Society Quarterly)

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Youre no idiot, of course. You know your grandmothers maiden name and the story of how your great uncle decided to settle in Oklahoma. But when it comes fo digging up the rest of the facts and growing a family tree, you feel like youre looking at an impossible job. Stop trying to dig with your bare hands! The Complete Idiots Guide to Genalogy provides you with the tools you need, from tracking down family records to locating long-lost relatives. Feel confident about interviewing family members, organizing photos, visiting courthouses to find information, and more! In this Complete Idiots Guide, you get- --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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4.0 out of 5 stars Great in all the right ways! Nov. 23 2000
By Chad
A very helpful genealogy reference for the beginner. Especially helpful if you're in the "I want to trace my roots. How do I begin, where do I start, and how do I go about doing it?" situation.
Contains a lot of helpful common sense tips that will prevent future headaches. A lot of well thought out suggestions and tips too.
I especially like how when they suggest you talk to your extended family and interview them for genealogy information that you be patient with them and let them tell their stories. A lot of well-mannered tips like these are what elevate this book to excellence.
A lot of the confusing aspects of genealogical research such as document requests and providing proof and evidence are well covered.
I highly recommend this book for the beginner to intermediate level genealogist.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful Book May 15 2001
This is a wonderful book. It is very helpful and knowledgeable tool. It was very helpful for beginners like me. It provides definitions for words you may come across in your searches, "Pedigree Pitfalls" which are tips on how to avoid setbacks in your researching. Christine Rose and Kay Germain Ingalls are very knowledgeable and very experienced professional genealogists who instead of providing facts and info on genealogy, provided you with examples and experiences they had encountered. They provide their own opinion on how to best search for your information. They also expressed the need to cite your sources. I gave this book 5 stars because itr is a wonderful and fully enjoyable research tool.
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I bought this book when I hadn't yet done any research at all about my family history. A year and a half later, I have a file drawer full of information, and I have needed no other reference. I also bought a book called The Source,which is supposed to be the 'genealogist's bible', and it has been a giant paperweight in comparison. Idiot's genealogy is full of the kind of practical information that can carry you through years of research. Happy hunting!!!
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5.0 out of 5 stars A fabulous reference Oct. 13 1999
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I used this book as a reference when I was writing The Family Tree Detective (my children's book about genealogy). The Complete Idiot's Guide to Genealogy is sensational. The authors make a lot of potentially complex material easy to understand. They also write in a fun-to-read style: something that you don't always find in genealogy books! This is definitely a book you'll want to add to your genealogy library.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The best book for the beginning genealogist. April 30 1998
Idiot's Guide is for the genealogist who wants a clear and plain language instruction book. It tells how-to from beginning to end, without leaving anything out. The section about organizing your papers and material is worth the price of the book. I plan to encourage my Genealogy Society to recommend this book to our students in the genealogy classes we hold every year.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Complete Idiot's Guide To Genealogy April 24 2000
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Whether you are just beginning to explore your family history or are well on your way, this is the book to keep on hand. If you are a beginner it guides you through the process of getting started effectively. The experienced researcher will find invaluable information here, too. I highly recommend this one.
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I haven't completed the book as yet but what I have used and read seems to be easier to figure out where I was going wrong before I had the book. It is easy to read and understand
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If you are a beginner and don't know where to start, start here! This is an easy to use and easy to understand reference. It's great!
Published on Nov. 20 2003 by Lori Buchanan, Middleville Sun Archive Project
5.0 out of 5 stars Excelent!
This book is great. It has helped me trace my ancestry back more than ten generations and to four different countries. I recommend this book to any new or experienced genealogists!
Published on Aug. 30 2002 by Nicholas
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5.0 out of 5 stars THE best genealogy how-to-book on the market!
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