I'm a beginning genealogist. I have already gathered quite a bit of family information from relatives and was ready to begin going a little further - verifying the information I have and then expanding to older generations. So I got a pile of books from the library (11 of them to be exact). Some were so basic as to be nearly useless. This is one of the books that stood out from the bunch.
First off, it was really fascinating to start reading about the original immigrants to the United States, even before the US was born when our country was referred to only as the New World. From there Westin goes into greater detail with variations of names, origins of names, how to find information from archives, and much more. Though there are not many illustrations, this book uses its pages wisely to entertain and inform.
I enjoyed this book and feel I will use it so much that I am ordering a copy to replace the library book I borrowed. This one is a book for the keeper shelf.