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George G. Morgan
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October 1, 2008 1593313195 978-1593313197 2nd
Whether you are coming to for the first time or have used it for years, you need The Official Guide to Written by noted genealogist and lecturer George G. Morgan, this official guide takes you inside the #1 website for family history research for an unprecedented tour. This second edition includes chapters on the new search at Ancestry, MyCanvas, and Ancestry DNA. In addition, it helps you create and develop your own Family Tree, explore obscure databases you didn't know existed, and more. You've always known was a valuable resource. Now you can learn to use it like never before.

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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.

Product Details

  • Series: Official Guide to
  • Paperback: 300 pages
  • Publisher:; 2nd edition (October 1, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1593313195
  • ISBN-13: 978-1593313197
  • Product Dimensions: 9.9 x 7.1 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (45 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #138,945 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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196 of 204 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent guide to an increasingly useful service December 14, 2008
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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82 of 86 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A good guide April 20, 2009
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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
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51 of 52 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars I was expecting more, not up-to-date though June 4, 2011
This book does what it says, it tells you how to use 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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33 of 33 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Author Recommends Not Buying This Outdated Book February 21, 2014
Format:Kindle Edition
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, 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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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Not So Good November 22, 2011
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I purchased this book and learned nothing from it that I could not find out right there on the 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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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars The Official Guide to, 2nd ed. 2008 January 10, 2012
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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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22 of 26 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Go-to instructions October 11, 2010
Bought this for our daughter who is researching our family tree on 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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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent skill-sharpener April 26, 2011
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I've been using 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 subscriber.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
1.0 out of 5 stars One Star
Not much in it that you can't get from the website. I sent it back.
Published 5 days ago by Amazon Customer
1.0 out of 5 stars RETURNED IT.....
Very elementary book. I have been using for a few months and this book did not provide me anything besides what I had picked up on my own. A big disappointment.
Published 26 days ago by HUGHIE M. SLANE
1.0 out of 5 stars out of date
While only a few years old - Ancestry has apparently updated all data bases since this book was printed. Read more
Published 28 days ago by pat mcgrew
1.0 out of 5 stars Great help
It is a great help to me. Still learning. It should be five gold starts. I would recommend it to anyone.
Published 1 month ago by Marge Shephard
4.0 out of 5 stars Great Reference book
Very useful for my research and learned a few things I didn't know about Ancestry. Wou;d recommend it as a good reference guide to ncestry.
Published 2 months ago by Lorraine Zimmermann
4.0 out of 5 stars Ancestry
this is exspensive about $300 a year for the full search, that so you can look for ancestors in europe, canada,or the world
Published 4 months ago by Arthur Beaulieu
5.0 out of 5 stars A BIG HELP
My book to go to when I'm not sure where I'm going on Ancestry. A big help! I recommend this book if you have trouble navigating Ancestry. Read more
Published 5 months ago by JL
2.0 out of 5 stars outdated.
Ancestry has changed considerably updated since this book was published. Not very helpful. Wait for the updated version to come out.
Published 5 months ago by Anne Wetzork
5.0 out of 5 stars Official guide to Ancestry
This book is a good guide in answering questions and directing one in searching and finding lost and/or hidden documents.
Published 6 months ago by Tes
3.0 out of 5 stars Outdated
The book was good, but has changed a lot since it was written. I thought the 2nd edition was published closer to 2012...
Published 6 months ago by Tolinda
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