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Product Details

  • Paperback: 182 pages
  • Publisher: Genealogical Pub Co; 1st edition (1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0806315466
  • ISBN-13: 978-0806315461
  • Product Dimensions: 11 x 8.6 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,552,875 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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48 of 48 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on August 5, 1999
Format: Paperback
...depending on how Net-savvy you already are.
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.
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43 of 45 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on January 14, 2000
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Do yourself a favor: buy this book ONLY if you have absolutely NO (and I stress NO) experience with email or the Web. This book came with the geneology software I bought from Amazon. The software is great, but I ask you, would you even buy software if you were so techno-clueless that this book would be even remotely useful? It literally explains how to access a program: "Click on Start - Programs ..."

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.
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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on October 18, 1997
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Cyndi's book is just like her web site on genealogy researching -- very thorough. It explains the basics and also provides plenty of resources and instruction for the more advanced and experienced internet researcher looking for help in doing family history research. Don't miss this one if genealogy is your hobby!
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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful By crummy@toltbbs.com on October 20, 1998
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I found Netting Your Ancestors to be very thorough in explaining how and where to look on the internet. I reccomend this book to anyone not just a beginning, geneologist but to all geneologist. To go along with this book is Cyndi's website that helps people find all sorts of information.
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on October 23, 2000
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This book was very useful to me for demystifying the arcane world of the Internet.
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.
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Karen Isaacson (karen@rand.org) on December 15, 1997
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I don't know how Cyndi finds time to keep her fabulous web site up-to-date, let alone write a book that will get beginners in Internet genealogy off on the right foot, but she's done it. Now, if she'd just do a second miracle, and write a book for Internet oldbies, too!
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on October 27, 2000
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I recieved this book with my purchase of "Generations" family tree software.
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.
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