It's nice to see a beginner's book that gets readers involved in their own research right away. Readers are [soon] filling in their personal pedigree charts and family group sheets (blank forms included). Ms. Nichols stresses that before getting in[to] computer genealogy, the beginner should understand basic "traditional" research methods and sources. Vital records, church records, census records, and family records are well-explained....
The author explains how computers can help genealogists and provides detailed instructions for using FamilySearch and Personal Ancestral File, two data-base programs available at the Family History Library, its centers worldwide, and online. Ms. Nichols also emphasizes that information found in computer files should not automatically be accepted as true, but should be confirmed by outside sources. The information about using the Internet is clear... A glossary provides excellent definitions.
The book gives sound advice for all genealogists, beginners or not...[including] using a discrepancy chart to analyze conflicting information. (Mary Beth Fay, Tuscon, Arizona, in The Federation of Genealogical Societies' FORM, Winter 1999 issue (11:4).) -- Mary Beth Fay
The fourth edition of the Genesis of Your Genealogy is a step-by-step instruction book for the beginner in family history. It is completely updated and revised to include ... use of computers, use of the Internet as a family history resource, and using pictures in family history.
...Section One gives basic instruction with step-by-step procedures on how to begin your family history, tools and techniques needed to organize and record information by computer or on paper; sources available and how to evaluate them. Section Two provides details about computers and family history [including how]...to find ..organize and record, [and] to share genealogical information. Section Three includes a glossary of terms for the family historian. [A] well-prepared index, [and ] "Would you like to know...?" gives a lists of questions answered in this publication. The Genesis of Your Genealogy has been a popular instruction book for beginners in family history since 1969. -- German Genealogical Digest, Fall 1998, vol. 14, no.1 , page 93
The place to start for those who have an interest in family history. Beginners will find up-to-date information on sources, resources, forms, terminology, and all the basic how-tos. Introduces valuable shortcuts that can save years of research such as how to tie into the work others have already done for you and how to use a computer to find, organize, and share information. Read this first or wish you had! -- Deseret Book Club Review, December/Christmas 1996, page 10