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Product Details

  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: McGraw-Hill Companies (August 23, 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0071351035
  • ISBN-13: 978-0071351034
  • Product Dimensions: 9.2 x 7.4 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.7 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (28 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #5,592,873 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Genealogy Online presents a lot of information, much (but not all) of it having to do with finding facts about family lineage on the Internet. Mostly, this is a directory of big genealogy Web sites, newsgroups, mailing lists, and commercial services. It's also an introduction to Web communities and the tools you need to participate in them. These are the things you'll need to understand in order to extract and contribute information about your heritage as part of the Internet community.

Elizabeth Powell Crowe covers RootsWeb, the ROOTS-L mailing list, AfriGeneas, and the remarkable online genealogy resources maintained by the Mormon Church. She also pays attention to the Golden Gate forum on America Online and some of CompuServe's genealogy forums. There's some coverage of standalone family-history software like Family Tree Maker and some useful information about genealogical concepts like Ahnentafels numbers.

Genealogy Online would be better if it included more information about obscure Internet resources sites having to do with particular families or small ethnic groups. There are enough of these to make an annotated directory worthwhile. The author also could dispense with most of the general Internet how-to information, which occupies a lot of this book. --David Wall

From School Library Journal

The increasing number of online genealogy sites and tools allows today's searchers to seek and locate thousands of pages of data in a way they could not have imagined some 20 years ago. Yet even computer-savvy genealogists may not be fully utilizing the many resources available to them. In the most recent edition of her best-selling guide, Crowe, a former contributing editor to Computer Currents, aims to instruct all levels of researchers on the joys and perils of online genealogy. Similar to Cyndi Howells's Netting Your Ancestors (LJ 3/1/98) in its introductory discussions of technical issues and online tools, Crowe's first three chapters cover what readers will need to know to begin online genealogy research selecting the necessary hardware and software; choosing an ISP; understanding browsers, e-mail, and spam; and learning to organize family data. Two very helpful chapters on Usenet newsgroups and genealogy mailing lists follow, with explanations of their workings and descriptions of the more popular lists to explore. Crowe then covers the major online resources that researchers would do well to investigate. A glossary of error messages, computer-related terms, and emoticons rounds out the book. With her thorough but not overwhelming descriptions, Crowe provides genealogists with a solid roadmap for successful searching. Libraries currently owning earlier editions will want to purchase this one for the updated information. Recommended for public and genealogy library collections. Elaine M. Kuhn, Allen Cty. P.L., Ft. Wayne, IN
Copyright 2001 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Good information, good explanations.
Sharon Shears
The book is an exceptional resource for conducting Genealogical research using online resources and is very thorough in covering a wide variety of topics.
Brenda A. McNabb-Stange
This book is a great help in researching Genealogy.
Lynne Gray

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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on September 15, 1999
Format: Paperback
I just finished reading over "Genealogy Online" newest edition - for the first time. Obviously, this newest Millennium Edition is one that I will be using for reference on a continual basis. Ms. Crowe's newest revision is not only a very precise tool for guidance in on-line research, but also a wealth of information for all levels of genealogists. In the ever-changing world of the Internet it is very hard to present the "newest and best" of sites to hit. This book does that and more!
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Midwest Book Review on March 7, 2004
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This newly revised and expanded seventh edition of Elizabeth Crowe's Genealogy Online is a thoroughly "user friendly', 432 page, hands-on, instructional resource which will enable even the most novice genealogist to deftly explore the truly vast resources of ancestry related networks, Web sites, and genealogical online services. Crowe authoritatively explains how to determine and access which ones best suit individual genealogist's purposes. Genealogy Online clearly, step-by-step, shows how to organize a search, where to begin, where to go on the Web, and how to use chat rooms, mailing lists, and Usenet effectively. No genealogical research reference shelf can be considered either complete or up-to-date without the inclusion of this impressive new edition of Elizabeth Crowe's Genealogy Online!
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17 of 20 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on October 4, 1999
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I've really enjoyed this book. I knew nothing about geneology when I got it. But the directions and advise were a great help to me in starting to research my family's surnames. In just a couple hours on the Web I was able to discover why my family has so much in common with the Pennsylvania Germans (although we don't live in PA), as well as discover that some of my father's ancestors may have immigrated from a particular area in Scotland. It was fun find these things on the Web, and the book was a great help in doing so. I'd definitely recommend it!
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Louise on April 28, 2011
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I just took this book out of my local library. It is the ninth edition which was copyrighted in 2011. Then how come the reviews go way back before the book was published. Amazon has some obligation to take off reviews from a prior verision of the book. Perhaps the author read the earlier reviews and made the suggestioned corrections to it. If I read the reviews here they are inaccurate since they are for very old editions of this book. Amazon I am disappointed in you. I love Amazon but this is one complaint I have. Can you believe that the reviews go back to 1999 for a book copyrighted in 2011???????
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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful By eeng455366@aol.com on September 15, 1999
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Ms.Crowe has once again delivered an excellent resource on searching for our ancestors online. In her typically informative but relaxed style she has managed to put together an informative and user friendly outline on the best ways to research and enjoy yourself at the same time. In a world where technology is constantly changing it is invaluable to have the most up to date material available. This latest effort delivers new ideas and sources, and guides the researcher through the frivolous and straight to the important information that is online. Kudos to Ms. Crowe.
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13 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Satyr Scott on May 5, 2002
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Not so suprising that there's such disparity in the reviews of this book. Especially since most every review I read so far was true.
This book is good if: you are a genealogist NEW to the net. A lot of ground is covered, in terms of what kinds of software is needed (over an above the venerable genealogical database), as well as how to act/speak/do online.
This book is bad if: you've been online for more than a week. Too much ground is covered... well... look at the paragraph above... :)
I've found that some of the information she presents is a bit dated, but not so much so that a new user will terribly embarrass themselves by relying on it.
Overall, for myself (as a computer consultant of 15+ years) it did have some information to impart. Not necessarily enough to make this a "must have", but worth a read and recycle.
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful By "captmondo" on June 7, 2001
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I found this book a real disappointment. Anybody with more than rudimentary Web surfing skills with the ability to type "family history" in a decent search engine is likely to get more useful information than from this book.
For a "fifth edition", I expected a technically more competant exploration of geneological sources worldwide, rather than a book which devotes pages covering such material as spam email addresses, emoticons (i.e. "smileys"), and a lot of material which covers Web surfing basics. I would have liked to have seen more "meat" on how to get the most out of the online sources listed in the book.
Much of my ancestry of British + European origin, and again I was disappointed by the relative lack of information on the wealth of online info sources in this area that are available. The American-centric approach is a good one if your family has been in the States for several generations, but unless you're a native American, chances are good you have roots elsewhere.
Save your money, read the reviews here, and find a book that will better serve you in your geneological search.
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15 of 19 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on April 20, 2001
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Ms. Crowe has been writing about the Internet and genealogy for several years. In each new book, I expect her to have learned something new, but I'm always disappointed. I previewed the book in my local Barnes & Noble. Even without access to the Web, I found several outdated Web addresses, one of which changed almost two years ago! Doesn't she check these??? In addition, she still uses the term 'sysop,' a carry-over from the 1980s when people were using BBS's. It's time Ms. Crowe either learns enough about the modern Internet to be a credible authority on modern Internet-based genealogical research, or stops wasting people's time and their money.
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