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63 of 63 people found the following review helpful
on November 23, 2000
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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54 of 55 people found the following review helpful
on May 9, 1999
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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47 of 48 people found the following review helpful
on October 13, 1999
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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25 of 26 people found the following review helpful
on 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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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
Christine Rose's "The Complete Idiots's Guide to Online Genealogy" made me finally move from, "I am going to do a genealogic study of my father's family", to "I have been working on this project for two years, and am truly enjoying the experience".

The book is well organized, and easy to read and understand. I have in the past 5 years developed a memory problem that will not get better. I had become so afraid failure, I did not want to attempt learning something new again. I used "The Complete Idiot's Guide to Computers" years ago, and found it a great way to quickly ground myself in the basics. When I saw Ms. Rose's book, I knew it was my best opportunity.

I now have numerous books concerning genealogy, but "Idiot's" is dog earred and still the first book on the shelf. I would recommend this to anyone who wants to learn family history and genealogy and how to put together a family tree. Especially those who do not have the inside lingo.

Shari Peavy
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23 of 25 people found the following review helpful
This book is not just for beginners! Every researcher should read this book to keep them on track in their family history research. The material is very entertaining as well as informative. I recommend this book at every class or seminar I teach.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
This book is an outstanding book for the beginner or experienced genealogist. It is well-written and easy to read. I plan to keep it as one of my major reference books for the future. I highly recommend it to anyone interested in searching their genealogy.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
on 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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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
I purchased this used book from a bookseller at Amazon for a very low price although the shipping cost was a bit of a hit. The book was delivered quickly and in mint, "Like New" condition. No problems there.
The problem however (which is entirely my fault) is that the book was published ten years ago (in 2000). When you are talking about "online genealogy", it means much of the book material is now really obsolete in 2010. Even though the book is "long in the tooth" there still are a FEW hints for internet surfers who are brand new to online genealogy. Generally however, the book is extremely dated and not of much use to anyone with a little experience researching genealogy on the internet. One example: "Google Search" is hardly noted (it's included in a list of a half dozen other search engines and that's it).
Probably a good read 10 years ago but it's now "way over the hill". I should have checked more carefully before purchasing.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
on April 4, 2006
The Complete Idiot's Guide To Genealogy by professional genealogists Christine Rose and Kay Germain Ingalls is an informed and informative reference for discovering the genealogical history of one's family. Inclusive and enhanced with resources and advice for modern advancements in genealogical tracing, DNA studies, facts for libraries, cemeteries, courthouses, and common abbreviations and acronyms that genealogy frequently involves, The Complete Idiot's Guide To Genealogy acts as an ideal guide for the novice genealogist. Thoroughly "user friendly", The Complete Idiot's Guide To Genealogy is very strongly recommended to all students of genealogy, as well as to those wishing to more thoroughly understand and trace their familial heritage and history.
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