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  • Paperback: 464 pages
  • Publisher: Cedar Fort, Inc. (August 14, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 159955948X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1599559483
  • Product Dimensions: 8.8 x 5.9 x 1.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,326,751 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on May 2, 2013
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I have been to a class taught by Barry. This book was a lot easier to read than my notes from that class. I am sure I will go back time and again to refresh my memory. There is so much info and it is all good. I love having it on my Kindle but might have to buy another dead tree copy to have nearby as I work on my family tree. The only way it could be better is to do the research for me!
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Dennis Tarrant on April 6, 2013
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From the beginning, this is a book that is designed to help the genealogy researcher accomplish more and in a more logical way. After starting two family tree projects about eighteen months ago, I adopted suggestions from a handful of newsletters along the way. What I found was a mixture of methodologies that didn't always work together well. My solution was to stop using the ineffective processes.

The author, Barry Ewell, has the insights, ideas, and methods that seem to have evolved over years of genealogy researching. Most important for me is his way of keeping track of the work. "Where is it?" is a phrase that comes up too often in my conversations and thoughts. Maybe you can remember every research project you've taken on in the past year or more. I have too much going on to recollect what I've worked on, what the results were, and how it fits with my current work. Thank you, Barry Ewell, for making my genealogy work better, more efficiently, and faster.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By G. Scholes on June 6, 2013
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Most books about Genealogy fall into one of two camps: the first camp includes books that are all about feelings and anecdotal stories of how wonderful the author's ancestors were and provide little to no useful instruction, while the second camp includes books about the best way to solve difficult research problems in a specific area of research and overwhelm the beginner. However, this book sits in neither camp. In this book the research process is introduced as a repeatable process divided into fifteen manageable and repeatable steps. After reading this book, I finally feel as if I can tackle the mounds of paperwork left to me by my great-aunt!
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By MRS J E CLAYTON on May 6, 2013
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This is an easy to follow book. Full of information! It reminds all family historians, from beginners to advanced that you need to be methodical and record everything, and where you got the information from. Also to keep your records tidy! A very good resource for all!
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4 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Mike O'Beirne, author of THE Wine Tasting Guide to California's Central Coast on January 29, 2013
Format: Paperback
I just returned from spending two days at a genealogy expo - $75.00 dollars to attend. Add in a half tank of gas and two days of convention center food!
And in two days, sitting at my desk in my bathrobe, I learned more from Barry Ewall's book, Family Treasure's, than at the expo. Plus the book was extremely well organized...the topics flowed smoothly and every chapter led to the next one. From organization to how things fit into the organization to what things need to be search for and included to where to find those documents. Dozens of tips that Barry has picked up along the way in his own research. Lots of Ewall's personal stories which added proof to the pudding.
It's a book you'll refer back to time and again. Full of information you'll wish you had a long time ago!
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21 of 32 people found the following review helpful By David Bradford on January 20, 2013
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Without permission, this author copied large portions of my "50 Google Hints, Tips & Tricks" article word-for-word from the locked PDF on the web site of the non-profit Rock County Genealogical Society. Lest you think this claim untrue, Google "RCGS" and look in the TOOLS menu to view the original and note the many references to Janesville, Rock County and many of my personal research surnames (Dunning, Darrah, Lasher & Cobb). One of the major tenets of proper research etiquette, about which Mr. Ewell purports to educate readers, is careful and honest citation. Please don't purchase content from lazy authors who take others' hard work without permission or citation, and then copyright it for their own profit.
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5 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Susan Smith on February 1, 2013
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This is a very comprehensive book of genealogical resources and organization tips with a step by step approach ideal for the beginning genealogist. I was captivated by the introduction. Anyone who has done genealogy has experienced some of these same miracles. The author explains how to fill out family group and pedigree sheets. I do feel it would have been nice to see a copy of the sheets he was explaining, rather than just an explanation. One illustration is worth a thousand words, especially for the beginning genealogist. I also would have liked an illustration of mapping.

Barry Ewell has used his personal experiences to tell what does and does not work in genealogical research. He teaches us how to use the internet in our research and cautions that not everything on the internet is correct. He has some great ideas of where to search on the internet. Also not all the information you receive from family members is correct. You can never take someone else's word for facts. Barry teaches you how to research these facts for yourself and stresses the importance of documenting your findings. He tells places to look, who to talk to, how to organize a research trip, and how to make journal writing more interesting to ancestors who will read it. Barry has gone into detail on how to write your own life story.

I would definitely recommend this book for beginning genealogists and also more advanced genealogists can benefit from it. I found a lot of ideas in the book to help me in my research. I am especially interested in using Mary Hill's color coding system for filing. It was great to have a step by step approach to it. I felt I have to actually do it to understand it, but having it written down in such an organized approach will help me do that. The ideas for organizing your work are worth having the book.
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