- Paperback: 182 pages
- Publisher: Genealogical Pub Co; 1st edition (1999)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0806315466
- ISBN-13: 978-0806315461
- Product Dimensions: 0.5 x 8.8 x 11.2 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,853,225 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Netting Your Ancestors : Genealogical Research on the Internet Paperback – 1999
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For those who aren't techies, Cyndi gives a very good overview of how to use the Internet to do research and conduct correspondence. That much it does very well.
For those who know how to use the Internet well, and were hoping to find lots of information and leads you couldn't get from search engines or major genealogy sites (such as her own fabulous site), you could be disappointed. Most of the information will be basic, refresher-level stuff that you probably already know.
I'd highly recommend it for people who aren't savvy with computers or the Internet -- for those folks, I'd give this 5 stars out of 5. For those who already know how to use the Internet's resources for research and information-gathering, I can only give it 2 stars. I'm guessing the book is geared toward the former, so my overall ranking of 4 stars is skewed toward a focus on the less tech-savvy among us.
In short -- very good book for those new to this information...but the information is at a very introductory level, and if you understand and accept that before diving in, you won't be disappointed.
If you know anything at all about the Internet, the book will be a waste of your time and money. (So if you found your way to this review, this book will be a waste of your time and money.) It is clearly intended for experienced geneologists who have never seen, much less used, a computer. The author claims that this book will be useful even if you have Internet experience. That is the only reason I'm giving this book one star. It's being marketed as if it were for all geneologists, but it could be useful for only a very small percentage of them.
The book's family history perspective and examples are directed toward the genealogical researcher who is new to the Internet.
It was a great help to me and I highly recommend it.
As I had not spent much time on the Internet before this, I found the book to be very handy in explaining how to use the Internet effectively for my family tree research. I now keep the book next to my PC for easy reference.
The thing that stands out about this book is its emphasis on the less visible but more powerful parts of the Internet when working on your family tree. It does cover world wide web sites for genealogy but doesn't stop just with these. The effective use of e-mail and genealogy mailing lists are covered in great detail from a family tree researcher's perspective.
If you want to have your e-mail posts about your family tree get the right kind of response, this book tells you how to do it.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Probably was a great book for 1st couple of years after it was was written. Several links no longer work.Published 20 months ago by Stockdiek
The Queen of "Netting" Ancestors organizes and presents her topic very clearly.Published on March 19, 2006 by Julie Hammons
I received a copy of this book with my purchase of the Generations family tree software programme.
Being new to the Internet but not to family history, I found this book to be... Read more
For someone with NO computer experience this is a worthwhile book for everyone else it is useless. It does not contain genealogical information it is merely a book on how to use a... Read morePublished on January 8, 2000 by Michele C. Briggs
For those of us more familiar with the ins and outs of internet resources (e-mail, newsgroups, search engines, and internet databases), the book could be condensed down from a... Read morePublished on May 21, 1999 by Nathan Herring
Although this book is subtitled "Genealogical Research on the Internet," it is really more of a basic guide to using the Internet than it is an aide to genealogical... Read morePublished on October 22, 1998 by DJack91183@aol.com