- Paperback: 176 pages
- Publisher: Betterway Books; Reprint edition (April 1999)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1558705112
- ISBN-13: 978-1558705111
- Product Dimensions: 10.9 x 8.5 x 0.6 inches
- Shipping Weight: 15.2 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #115,482 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Organizing Your Family History Search: Efficient & Effective Ways to Gather and Protect Your Genealogical Research Paperback – April, 1999
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In her book, she describes two main methods of organizing the many papers a genealogist will inevitably collect. I carefully read her suggestions, then decided on one of the two methods simply because it seemed to suit me better. I liked that she gives alternatives and also points out that one might just as well combine the two methods. She doesn't MAKE people go a certain route with organizing their papers, but discusses the advantages and disadvantages of both methods thus gving the readers room to adapt her methods to their individual needs. She also offers plenty of organizational forms which readers can copy for their records. I took them as a basis for designing my own forms on my computer...
This book is especially useful for novices/beginners in the field of genealogy because on top of helping organize one's documents, it puts structure into one's reasearch, giving the reader a perspective for what is useful, and what might be disregarded in the search for one's history. And because it is so adaptable, many people will find their ideal way to go with it.
No one should "throw oneself" into genealogy without this book!
Ms. Carmack hasprovided all the information in one book that will benefit allgenealogists. Not only does she explain (in detail and understandable) all aspects of organization in genealogy, but she also supplies a great number of forms that you can copy that makes genealogy a breeze! She is saving me time and keeping me on track every day. I highly recommend this wonderful book!
In desperation I ordered this book and upon reading it I was truly enlightened. Wow, why hadn't I thought of doing it this way before. The ideas in this book are simple now that I've read it, but they are truly effective. I can now put my finger on any piece of info I require within seconds, which in the past may have taken me anywhere up to two days to find.
This book is a 'must have' for any genealogist, but especially any new genealogist. Become enlightened and organised at the beginning of your venture into family history, don't have to stop in full-flight like I did to tidy up the mess you've left behind you.
Highly recommended. :-)
Sharon DeBartolo Carmak's book made me feel like I had a coach and a cheering section rooting along with me as I dove into my project! Her thoughtful, organized chapters clearly illustrated her points and provided an indespensable roadmap around common organizational stumbling blocks and pitfalls of the budding researcher. This book helped me to make informed decisions about how to approach and organize my research by outlining a variety of methods for collecting and organizing my research files, handling correspondence, and updating my data.
The book provides handy tips throughout from other professional genealogists and historians, and includes pointers to other relevant resources such as reference books, societies, software and services. The appendices also include useful basic organizational forms you can photocopy and use in your own research.
I strongly recommend that anyone considering beginning a genealogy research project start with this book.
She has a rather misplaced rant about using genealogy software instead of handwritten and handtyped family resource sheets and pedigree charts. She uses a case study to back it up, which only shows she wears blinders. (The case study involves a woman who clearly would have been disorganized whether she would have used a computer or not to keep track of her research.)
Computer genealogy software such as Family Tree Maker, Legacy, Generations and Clooz, only helps genealogist and amateurs keep track of what they have. A person can look at their information presented so many ways (reports, charts, lists) just by a mouseclick. It is a completely different topic than organization and simply did not belong in the book, especially being ravaged as it was. It would be like someone saying at the turn of the century, that typewriters were not desirable for an organized genealogy file, because you would have to retype everything you'd already handwritten. (Another part of her logic.)
She also only extensively covers storage via file folder. Now, I don't know about you, but considering I live in an apartment I really don't have room for a file cabinet. For hard copies and photocopied documents, I keep 16 one inch, color-coded binders I store spine out in a storage bin in one of my closets. I have no problems desiring more space or any feelings that my organization should be more efficient.
You might say, but you're not a professional. No, of course not.Read more ›
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This book needs a major update, and it is a bit over-written, but digs into organizational techniques for family history research. Read morePublished 8 months ago by Lorelle
I have now purchased two of these books. I really feel it is a must read for genealogists. It has really helped me organize my research.Published 20 months ago by Beverley Turner
This is an older book, but the information in it is still stellar and timely. She goes into more detail than I thought went into genealogical research (I'm so lazy in comparison! Read morePublished 20 months ago by D. Readerman
Sharon DeBartolo Carmack is one of two genealogy authors I look for when I need answers to questions. Read morePublished 22 months ago by Marti
Not only does Ms. Carmack give us where, how, what and why information to keep us going in our searches, she provides us with necessary layed out, blank pages for us to fill out... Read morePublished on November 21, 2013 by Buckeye