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The Official Guide to Ancestry.com 2nd Edition

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About the Author

George G. Morgan is president of Aha! Seminars, Inc. In addition to his extensive responsibilities with Aha! Seminars, Inc., George is an avid genealogist. His interest began at age ten when he and his paternal grandmother and aunt divulged his paternal history extending back before the American Revolution. In the years since then, George's genealogical research has expanded to include all the branches of his family tree and he has investigated leads in materials in all sorts of places. Libraries, archives, and courthouses are among his favorite haunts, but he will leave no stone unturned, even to the point of tracking down the original 1914 newspapers containing his great-grandparents' obituaries in a records retention facility owned by a county board of education. He is a master in working with and understanding all types of genealogical record types in the U.S., Canada, the United Kingdom, and Australia. With the advent of electronic research materials, he has become an recognized expert in using software programs, databases, Internet resources, online databases, Internet genealogical mailing lists and message boards, search engines, directories, subscription databases, and all the major online services around the world. George is the author of seven landmark genealogy books. These include: The Genealogy Forum on America Online: The Official User's Guide; the award winning Your Family Reunion: How to Plan It, Organize It, and Enjoy It, both published by Ancestry Publishing. His award-wining book, How to Do Everything with Your Genealogy, published by McGraw-Hill as part of the highly successful "How to Do Everything" series, is now available in the fulluy updates SEcond Edition. This book is one of the best-selling genealogy "how-to" genealogy books published in the last 20 years! George has also written the first and second editions of The Official Guide to Ancestry.com. His Genealogical Research in the Major Repositories of London, published through Lulu.com (http: //www.lulu.com), a print on demand publisher, has sold hundreds of copies. George is a prolific writer in other areas as well. He began in 1996 by writing the award-winning weekly online genealogy column, "Along Those Lines ..." that appeared first in the Genealogy Forum on America Online and then exclusively at the Ancestry.com Web site from January 2000 to March 2006, and additional columns for Ancestry Daily News. He also appears weekly in the Plus Edition of Eastman's Online Weekly Newsletter (at http: //blog.eogn.com/), at the bi-monthly electronic genealogy magazine, Digital Genealogist Genealogist (at http: //www.digitalgenealogist.com/), in the Ancestry Weekly Journal at Ancestry.com, and at other online venues. He has written literally hundreds of articles for genealogy print magazines: Ancestry Magazine, the Association of Genealogists Quarterly, Discovering Family History, Everton's GenealogicalHelper, Family Chronicle Magazine, Family Tree Magazine, the Federation of Genealogical Societies FORUM, Genealogical Computing (published by Ancestry Publishing), Heritage Quest Magazine, Internet Genealogy, the NGS News Magazine, and Southern Queries Magazine. His other online venues over the last decade have included Sony Communications' Emazing.com "Genealogy Tip of the Day" and a stint with ChineseRoots.com. George is a popular speaker at international genealogical conferences and has presented all across the United States in national, state, and local conference. He also has presented in Canada, in the U.K., and on several international genealogical cruises. His range of genealogical interests and speaking topics is among the most diverse among the genealogical speaking community. He is available to travel anywhere and will customize presentation topics to the audience. His genealogical presentation topics can be found in the current catalog at http: //ahaseminars.com/AhaSeminarsGenealogyCatalog-2008-2009.pdf. (His current library continuing education topics also are available at http: //ahaseminars.com/AhaSeminarsLibraryCatalog-2008-2009.pdf.) George is a past president of the International Society of Family History Writers and Editors and a former director of the Genealogical Speakers Guild. He is currently a director of the Florida Genealogical Society of Tampa and the Public Relations Chair and Publicity Director of the Florida State Genealogical Society. He is the list administrator for the MONFORT-L genealogical research mailing list. He was program chair for the highly successful Federation of Genealogical Societies 2003 Conference held in Orlando, Florida. He is a member of many genealogical societies in the U.S. and the U.K. Please contact George for more information about Aha! Seminars, Inc., presentation topics, consulting services, and about presenting for your genealogical society. He can be reached at aha@ahaseminars.com and/or at 813.205.3032.
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Product Details

  • Series: Official Guide to Ancestry.com
  • Paperback: 300 pages
  • Publisher: Ancestry.com; 2nd edition (October 1, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1593313195
  • ISBN-13: 978-1593313197
  • Product Dimensions: 7 x 0.9 x 8.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (69 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #149,607 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By George G. Morgan on February 21, 2014
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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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