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The Official Guide to Ancestry.com 2nd Edition

3.8 out of 5 stars 67 customer reviews
ISBN-13: 978-1593313043
ISBN-10: 1593313047
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About the Author

GEORGE G. MORGAN (Odessa, FL) is an internationally recognized expert in the field of genealogy and a widely published author of books, magazines, and journal articles.
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Product Details

  • Series: Official Guide to Ancestry.com
  • Paperback: 306 pages
  • Publisher: Ancestry.com; 2nd edition (May 1, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1593313047
  • ISBN-13: 978-1593313043
  • Product Dimensions: 7.1 x 0.8 x 8.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (67 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,526,250 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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As the author of this book, I recommend against its purchase as of 2014. The book was originally published by Ancestry Publishing in 2008. Since then, Ancestry.com has added much more content but has also changed a great deal of its user interface. Ancestry Publishing sold its publishing business to Turner Publishing several years ago. That company has decided to release this book in a Kindle edition with a 2014 publication date. It contains the same material as the 2008 softcover edition, and much of that is out of date. I recommend that you not waste your money by purchasing this outdated publication. - George G. Morgan
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I am of two minds when it comes to an "official guide" to any site on the World Wide Web. First, a website can consist of as many pages as necessary to cover the subject, and there can be as many interconnections between pages as necessary to guide the user. Second, the nature of hyperlinking is such that any properly designed website shouldn't need a guide. It should be so logically organized that navigation is obvious, and it should include its own internal "help" system. At least, that's the theory. In practice, even a site as generally well designed as Ancestry (and it is well designed) can eventually become so large, with so many layers, that it can be daunting even to an experienced genealogical web surfer.

George Morgan, a well-known Florida genealogist, book author, and columnist, began doing research back in the 1960s, when "research" meant many trips to the courthouse and the library and waiting for replies to correspondence. Recent, younger converts to the hobby may find it difficult to imagine such a thing, but that's how it was. Ancestry was one of the earliest multi-database resources to appear online and is now part of the Generations Network, a huge conglomerate (in genealogical terms) that includes nearly a dozen previously separate database sites, plus Family Tree Maker and Ancestry Publishing. The Ancestry site itself includes more than 23,000 databases and transcribed books, with many more being constantly added, and the company has done the online researcher the service of making the templates nearly identical that give access to them.
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This book does what it says, it tells you how to use Ancestry.com. This book is useful to people who have never used the site, if you have used it even a couple of months, this will not help you. The part that upset me, it does not nothing more than the help section on the website. It does not teach how to use wildcards, such as using the ? and * in the search. On top of that, when I tried to return the book, I was reminded of the 20% restocking fee. I will pass on this seller again, I am disappointed in this product.
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I have been using Ancestry for a couple of years, but needed some help figuring out how to accomplish certain tasks. This book had the relevant information. I would recommend it to both new and old users of Ancestry.com
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I purchased this book and learned nothing from it that I could not find out right there on the ancestry.com website. I would never recommend it for the price they charge, not even to beginners. Anyone who has even the remotest experience with trying to create a family tree will find this book a 99% waste.
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Mistkenly ordered this, thinking it was the 3rd edition, of 2010, which is the one I had been waiting to have in stock for a very long time. Of what real use is this outdated "new" book??? It's like...why is is the old version even still available???? Just because it's what you've got on hand, I guess. My mistake, LOOK CAREFULLY, let the buyer beware!
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Bought this for our daughter who is researching our family tree on Ancestry.com. This guide has instructed her with valuable info & how-to tips. An invaluable tool, I recommend this book as well as this seller!
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I've been using Ancestry.com for a couple of years in an effort to build my family tree. I have enjoyed reasonable success, but the explanations and insights in this book have taught me to use the available tools much more effectively. I recommend it to any Ancestry.com subscriber.
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