- File Size: 436 KB
- Print Length: 65 pages
- Publisher: Final Word Publishing (August 3, 2013)
- Publication Date: August 3, 2013
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00EBJCGSU
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Not Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #699,580 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
Genealogy: Your Family History, Doing It Right The First Time Kindle Edition
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* grammatical problems (comma splices and run-on sentences, possessive apostrophe vs plural issues, Improper yet inconsistent Capitalization, word choice such as "Constancy" instead of "Consistency", "imputing" vs "inputting") that could have been resolved by proofreading or copy-editing beyond what may have been done before printing;
* an odd choice to write out many relations ("2nd cousin") but use abbreviations ("GGGreat Grandfather" instead of "3rd-great grandfather") for others;
* some factual errors (eg.: a site requiring free accounts to access, when in fact it only needs one to add new content, not to access what's already public) that could have been resolved with more fact checking in case facts change between drafting and publishing;
* an example of a headstone (mentioned only for the date of death) being a source for a lineage proof when in actuality lineage was shown by another document ("my own birth certificate with his name on it");
* and chapter recaps that occasionally only restate part of the topic, not recap what was said about it (eg.: "How to input Nicknames.").
A glaring misstep for beginners, and clearly not a way to "Get it Right the First Time", when discussing conflicting evidence, was assuming data is correct and a "credible proof" when more than one document agrees, and later lamenting such assumptions.
Another problematic moment of advice was the consideration of a typewritten eyewitness interview manuscript as simply "unsourced" instead of being a source in and of itself; granted it was removed from the event by time and unverified by more standard documentation, but there was indeed a documented source for that information.
Unfortunately, despite a chapter about citing sources (aside from the above "unsourced" error, only two inconsistent format examples were shown without following or even mentioning established genealogical standards such as Evidence Explained or Cite Your Sources nor academic standards such as MLA), the author neglected to cite most of the examples used throughout the book.
I received the Kindle Edition during a "free" promotion period related to another purchase.
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