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Elizabeth P. Crowe

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1 Oct 1999
Geneaology Online: Web Edition includes updated information on leading genealogical Web sites and the most popular ISPs including America Online, CompuServe and Prodigy. This text covers 50 sites to start your genealogical search.

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There's a good deal of scaremongering around about how the Internet creates socially-isolated individuals. What these critics forget is that the Internet is a powerful tool for bringing people together. One example is family trees. There are hundreds of sites on the Web which help trace your ancestors--and Genealogy Online arms you with all the tools you need to build your family tree in cyberspace.

Besides covering Internet basics, Genealogy Online points you to the most influential chat rooms, explains how to get e-mail-based family tree newsletters, tells you where to buy commercial software which will generate surname lists with links to web pages and sources of information and lists newsgroups which might help you track down relatives. At times there is too much explanation of the basics of the Internet, and some readers might wonder why there are frequent references to Mormons. (It's a Mormon religious duty to research families, and Mormons have created many useful genealogy resources.) However if you are genuinely trying to hunt down a long-lost family member or you are a budding family historian, your detective work will be much quicker if you follow the tips and clues in this well-researched and informative book.--Justin Hunt


... In the most recent edition of her best-selling guide, Crowe, a former contributing editor to Computer Currents, aims to instruct all levels of researchers on the joys and perils of online genealogy. Similar to Cindy Howell's Netting Your Ancestors in its introductory discussions of technical issues and online tools, Crowe's first three chapters cover what readers will need to know to begin online genealogy research - selecting the necessary hardware and software; choosing an ISP; understanding browsers, email, and spam; and learning to organize family data. Two very helpful chapters on Usenet newsgroups and genealogy mailing lists follow, with explanations of their workings and descriptions of the more popular lists to explore. Crowe then covers the major online resources that researchers would do well to investigate. A glossary of error messages, computer-related terms, and emoticons round out the book. With her thorough but not overwhelming descriptions, Crowe provides genealogists with a solid roadmap for successful searching. Libraries currently owning earlier editions will want to purchase this one for the updated information. Recommended for public and genealogy library collections. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Keeping up with the on-line world - Again! 15 Sep 1999
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I just finished reading over "Genealogy Online" newest edition - for the first time. Obviously, this newest Millennium Edition is one that I will be using for reference on a continual basis. Ms. Crowe's newest revision is not only a very precise tool for guidance in on-line research, but also a wealth of information for all levels of genealogists. In the ever-changing world of the Internet it is very hard to present the "newest and best" of sites to hit. This book does that and more!
8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars How to organize a search, where to begin, where to go 7 Mar 2004
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This newly revised and expanded seventh edition of Elizabeth Crowe's Genealogy Online is a thoroughly "user friendly', 432 page, hands-on, instructional resource which will enable even the most novice genealogist to deftly explore the truly vast resources of ancestry related networks, Web sites, and genealogical online services. Crowe authoritatively explains how to determine and access which ones best suit individual genealogist's purposes. Genealogy Online clearly, step-by-step, shows how to organize a search, where to begin, where to go on the Web, and how to use chat rooms, mailing lists, and Usenet effectively. No genealogical research reference shelf can be considered either complete or up-to-date without the inclusion of this impressive new edition of Elizabeth Crowe's Genealogy Online!
17 of 20 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars What a marvelous book! 5 Oct 1999
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I've really enjoyed this book. I knew nothing about geneology when I got it. But the directions and advise were a great help to me in starting to research my family's surnames. In just a couple hours on the Web I was able to discover why my family has so much in common with the Pennsylvania Germans (although we don't live in PA), as well as discover that some of my father's ancestors may have immigrated from a particular area in Scotland. It was fun find these things on the Web, and the book was a great help in doing so. I'd definitely recommend it!
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3.0 out of 5 stars A complaint to Amazon not a review of the book 29 April 2011
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I just took this book out of my local library. It is the ninth edition which was copyrighted in 2011. Then how come the reviews go way back before the book was published. Amazon has some obligation to take off reviews from a prior verision of the book. Perhaps the author read the earlier reviews and made the suggestioned corrections to it. If I read the reviews here they are inaccurate since they are for very old editions of this book. Amazon I am disappointed in you. I love Amazon but this is one complaint I have. Can you believe that the reviews go back to 1999 for a book copyrighted in 2011???????
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent material once again from a genealogy pro! 15 Sep 1999
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Ms.Crowe has once again delivered an excellent resource on searching for our ancestors online. In her typically informative but relaxed style she has managed to put together an informative and user friendly outline on the best ways to research and enjoy yourself at the same time. In a world where technology is constantly changing it is invaluable to have the most up to date material available. This latest effort delivers new ideas and sources, and guides the researcher through the frivolous and straight to the important information that is online. Kudos to Ms. Crowe.
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