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Planting Your Family Tree Online: How to Create Your Own Family History Web Site (NGS Guide, 4) Paperback – January 14, 2004

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Cyndi Howells is owner and webmaster of Cyndi's List of Genealogy Sites , a categorized index to more than 130,000 online resources. It receives more than 3 million visits each month and has been featured by the History Channel web site and on ABC News, NBC News, USA Today, Time, Newsweek, Parade Magazine, Wired, Yahoo!, Internet Life, Family Chronicale, and Home PC magazines. She has been a genealogist for more than 20 years, is a member of the board of directors of the National Genealogical Society, and is a nationally known guest lecturer at genealogical society meetings and seminars around the country. She is the author of Netting Your Ancestors and Cyndi's List, a printed version of her Web site. She, her husband, and their son live in Edgewood, Washington

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Thomas Nelson, Inc. (January 14, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1401600220
  • ISBN-13: 978-1401600228
  • Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 7.4 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,698,931 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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51 of 52 people found the following review helpful By Michael K. Smith TOP 1000 REVIEWER on October 15, 2004
Format: Paperback
Twenty years ago, using only a very simpleminded computer as a glorified typewriter, I put together a thick volume of lineage on part of my wife's family, the result of more than a decade of close research. Because of my very limited budget, the production values were poor and fewer than two hundred copies were printed and mailed. And it took nearly all my free time for a year. Today, I would be able to compile all that data in a computer program, produce text files for further editing, present the final version in an attractive, readable, completely cross-indexed format, and upload the whole thing to a website where it could be visited by many thousands of other researchers from around the world. I could correct and update the information as new data came to hand. And I could do it all with little or no out-of-pocket expenditure. Is it any wonder genealogists have so enthusiastically adopted the World Wide Web as their medium?

Any genealogist who isn't familiar with "Cyndi's List of Genealogy Sites on the Internet" hasn't been paying attention for far too many years. Cyndi Howells owns a website indexing more than 200,000 online resources, and which gets several million hits each month. She's also a member of the NGS Board of Directors and the author of several other books on Internet genealogy. So: Do you need your own genealogy website? Cyndi thinks you do. "Trust me, you need one." Publishing on the Web is the least expensive and mostly widely accessible method of disseminating to others what you've learned.

Howells notes that she could have subtitled this volume "All the Things Cyndi Learned the Hard Way," and the reader should be thankful for her experiences.
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18 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Midwest Book Review on June 7, 2004
Format: Paperback
So you've used the reference guides to build a substantial family tree, and you've located photos and documents but still have questions: where to next? Use Cyndi Howells' reference Planting Your Family Tree Online to create a family history web site the entire family can enjoy. From locating an appropriate web hosting service to planning and maintaining a family history web site, this provides a core group of tips based on the genealogist author/web site owner's own hard-learned lessons. Another information-packed, 'not to be missed' reference.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Heather Tremko - Author of The DIY Spa Retreat on February 25, 2008
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I didn't find this book helpful at all. The other reviews here made the book sound so great. I wanted to put my family tree online, and needed some guidance on the best method for organizing 600+ names...a baby tree by most genealogist's standards. The book gives only one sample model of how one might do this: Have 8 separate pages devoted to your great-grandparents. It stops there without going into any more detail. So, it did not answer my question that had led me to purchasing the book.

Most of the book is common sense advice such as: don't use turquoise font on your website. I say that's true of any website, not just a genealogy website. In fact, that's true of just about any text anywhere at all! So, this book gives basic advice that is not specific to creating a genealogy website. The majority of chapters contain information that you can glean simply by surfing the web and reviewing other sites (of any kind).

I ended up creating my website using Legacy Family Tree software. It's gorgeous, it was extremely simple to do, and the pages are far more dynamic than just having 8 web pages devoted to my great grandparents.

If you need some real hand-holding or are new to the Internet and web pages, then this book may help you. If you have been web surfing for several years or have even a basic knowledge of web publishing (all you need to know is what you like and don't like about the web), then this book won't tell you anything you don't know.
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