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Genealogy Basics In 30 Minutes: The quick guide to creating a family tree, building connections with relatives, and discovering the stories of your ancestors Paperback – September 7, 2016
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"This basic genealogy book is a fast, informative read that will get you on your way if you are ready to begin your genealogy journey or are looking for tips to jump start or push past a problem area." - Cheri Hudson Passey, Carolina Girl Genealogy
"Lots of great tips and information for the budding genealogist." - Tina Sansone, Bella Online
"As a genealogist for over 26 years, I would recommend this guide tomy genealogy students and those just getting started." - Melissa Barker, FGS Forum Quarterly January 2017
About the Author
Shannon Combs-Bennett is an author, researcher, and lecturer based in the Washington, D.C. metro area. She regularly speaks and writes about genetic genealogy and various research methods. Shannon is a contributor to Family Tree Magazine and Legacy Family Tree Webinars, and is the founder of T2 Family History. Shannon is also a staff genealogist at the National Society Colonial Dames 17th Century in Washington, DC.
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As a professional genealogist myself, I'll admit I am not a member of the target audience for this book; however, I was pleasantly surprised to find it to be a very helpful perspective nevertheless. Although avid genealogists are often approached by those who are interested in getting started with their own research, it can be difficult to remember what it felt like to be at square one! Thankfully, Genealogy Basics in 30 Minutes allows even the experienced genealogist to mentally return to that point when record sets were unfamiliar and source citations were a new concept, in order to be able to be helpful and encouraging to the beginning genealogist - without being overwhelming. And, if you are a budding genealogist yourself, Genealogy Basics in 30 Minutes will be sure to set you up for success with its down-to-earth approach.
Disclosure: I am acquainted with the author and received an advance copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
This book is divided into five chapters. Chapter one is starting the family tree, including the relatives to interview and the records to search. Chapter two gives tips about the road trips, the cemeteries, churches, courthouses and distant relatives to visit. Chapter three focuses on online research with all its possibilities and perils. Chapter four, tracking and sharing and chapter five, taming sprawling records caught my attention. In addition to its narrative each chapter has boxes of protips, pitfalls and ends with an interesting case study.
I have read genealogical articles and books, including the one that came with my Family Tree Maker. What I like about this one is the amount of information author Shannon Combs-Bennett has packed into a quick read. It took me a little over 30. I picked up new ideas on places to look, their limitations and potentials, and how to organize my information. It was a worthwhile read for me and will be for many genealogists.
I did receive a free copy of this book.