- Series: National Genealogical Society Guides
- Paperback: 304 pages
- Publisher: Thomas Nelson (March 1, 2004)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1401601294
- ISBN-13: 978-1401601294
- Product Dimensions: 7.3 x 0.5 x 9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #856,484 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The Organized Family Historian: How to File, Manage, and Protect Your Genealogical Research and Heirlooms (National Genealogical Society Guides) Paperback – Deluxe Edition, March 1, 2004
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If I wanted a book about "how to DO genealogical research," this book would be okay. However, this book is SUPPOSED to be about "how to ORGANIZE, FILE, MANAGE & PROTECT YOUR GENEALOGICAL RESEARCH AND HEIRLOOMS" which is what the cover of this book CLAIMS it does. IT DOES NOT!
For example, in the chapter about census records, there is NOT ONE iota of information about how to "file & manage" (as promised on the cover) the information gleaned from census records. The book only discusses what info is supposed to have been included in each of the census years and wholly fails to give one pointer about how to organize your census extractions -- it does not even discuss the pros and cons of organizing census extractions by year or by ancestor or by location much less how to transfer them to the computer.
The author includes only one small chapter about protecting research and heirlooms and there is precious little information that is of any actual use. However, the author goes to great lengths to discuss why the diaries of our ancestors are so valuable and must be preserved --- but any genealogist worth her salt will know that already!
This is a book for BEGINNERS ONLY!
If you are looking for more than a beginners' book, DON'T BUY THIS BOOK!
My money was wasted because I was MISLEAD as to the contents and because I relied on the alleged reputation of the author! If the book's cover accurately reflected what the author actually discusses, I would not have purchased it. The author and the National Genealogical Society have betrayed my trust.
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However, I consider myself to be very organized and logical but I keep coming across a roadblock of how to organize female ancestors. When the female is a fairly close relative, I manage to remember the maiden name and cross-reference it to the married name. But what do I do with female relatives more than two generations back? (my mental limit). I'm not great at remembering computer-generated reference numbers. (And, my computer is not always on.) I need a way to track females based on names. I did not find any helpful hints. Perhaps this is a roadblock for everyone. I can only say I was dissappointed as I believe this is a common problem. There should be a solution in a book claiming to help organize info.
I did like the section on heirlooms, although it is pretty much common sense.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
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 waited nearly two years to find this as a used edition, because it's no longer in print. Previously sellers have wanted prices above $100.00 for it. Read morePublished on June 20, 2013 by Owen M. McKinney
Whether just beginning or a researcher for 25+ years, this has tips and guidance that will become very useful tools. Read morePublished on June 14, 2013 by Amazon Customer
Lots of great information and great charts on the CD. Glad I bought it. It really had good ideas for any level genealogist.Published on January 1, 2013 by Bonnie Emmert`
Even though I have been organizing my genealogy data for about a year, I found MANY helpful ideas in this book. Read morePublished on February 6, 2010 by C. Walker
Sorry it took so long for this review. The book came speedily. It was in perfect condition including the CD in the back. Thanks again for everything.Published on December 7, 2009 by Patricia D. Kniffin
If you have the 'privilege' of being the Family Historian, you probably already know that this assignment is one filled with papers, memorabilia, and a great variety of research... Read morePublished on October 12, 2009 by Irving
When it comes to family research I cannot stress enough the need for it. Our generation is on the verge of losing our heritage and not passing it on to our children and... Read morePublished on May 12, 2007 by Margaret M. Watkins
I think this is a wonderful, helpful book for the beginning genealogist. I would have loved to have something like this when starting out. Read morePublished on May 12, 2007 by N. Peralta