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on September 7, 2016
Genealogy Basics in 30 Minutes, written by professional genealogist Shannon Combs-Bennett, offers an excellent introduction into the world of family history research. Divided into sections ranging from organizing records and collaborating with family members to online research and genetic genealogy, this is an accessible resource written in a conversational tone. While an overview of this kind is not intended to be comprehensive, Combs-Bennett successfully delves into a number of the topics and questions most likely to come up among those who are beginning their family history research journey.

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.
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