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Virtual Roots: A Guide to Genealogy and Local History on the World Wide Web Paperback – July 1, 1997

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One needs a solid work to sort through all the Internet books for local historians, and this is it. Although a popular guide like Elizabeth Crowe's Genealogy Online: Researching Your Roots (McGraw, 1996) does walk net-wise family historians through the genealogical maze, others?notably David Hawgood's Introduction to Using Computers for Genealogy (Federation of Family History Societies, 1994)?are dated. But Kemp's work is exceptional. A well-known librarian who has written several respected books in the field, e.g., The International Vital Records Handbook (LJ 2/1/95), Kemp has produced a succinct guide that allows readers to pinpoint precisely all contact points for any web site. Better yet, he highlights the best in each category. One cavil: Readers looking for Welsh sites under "England, Wales and the Channel Islands" won't find any. Perhaps Kemp was waiting for prepublication information that never arrived. Despite that, this is arguably the current premier guide in the field.?Gail Benjafield, St. Catharines P.L., Ontario, Canada
Copyright 1997 Reed Business Information, Inc.


An indispensable guide for those who use the Internet for genealogical research. I highly recommend Virtual Roots. -- P. William Filby, Former Director, Maryland Historical Society, Fellow of the Society of Genealogists, London, Fellow of the National Genealogical Society

With Virtual Roots, you do not have to spend countless hours roaming around the Internet looking for good sites. You can go immediately to useful sites, gather meaningful data, and springboard from those sites into other more specific veins of electronic data. -- Curt B. Witcher, Manager, Historical Genealogy Department, Allen County Public Library

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 279 pages
  • Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers (July 1, 1997)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0842027203
  • ISBN-13: 978-0842027205
  • Product Dimensions: 11 x 8.6 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #10,070,856 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By ETR on July 12, 2000
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Pluses: This book has a number of unusual sites for Genealogical Research. It jogs the memory to new sources for the elusive piece of information needed to find your ancestor or cousin. The sites then lead to the information that you have sougth for years. It includes both domestic (US) and international sites. The latter are quite useful and otherwise hard to find.
Minuses: The book was first printed in 1997 and some of the sites have new URLs. For example Cindi's List has changed. (Experienced surfers can still find this invaluable site.)
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Midwest Book Review on June 19, 2003
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This revised, updated edition to genealogical research on the Internet lists websites from around the world and the resources and guides on each which lend to genealogical research. Entries include email and postal addresses, phone contacts for the web site, and lists of archives and other data sources around the world. From special collections and historical society holdings to public and research libraries, Virtual Roots 2.0: A Guide to Genealogy and Local History On The World Wide Web is packed from cover to cover with genealogical research and reference assistance source materials.
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wasn't at all what I was hoping for. Many of the links were outdated. Description needed to written in better terms
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