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George G. Morgan
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1 May 2009 0071625348 978-0071625340 2
Trace your family tree and discover your roots

Fully updated and revised, this bestselling genealogy guide helps you tap into the wealth of global ancestry records and offers proven strategies for both traditional and electronic research. How to Do Everything: Genealogy, Second Edition explores basic rules of genealogical evidence, evaluation of source materials, research methods, and successful techniques for web-based research. You'll get new information on DNA-based records, social networking sites, blogs, podcasts, the latest hardware and software, and much more.

  • Set up and organize your family tree
  • Place your ancestors into context and locate essential records of their lives
  • Trace census, immigration, church, cemetery, military, and property records in the U.S., Canada, and the U.K.
  • Locate and access document repositories, such as libraries and archives and their online catalogs
  • Conduct effective Internet research
  • Get past brick walls and dead ends in your research
  • Research and verify your ancestors using genetic genealogy (DNA)
  • Plan a very successful research trip
  • Determine the best technology for your research, including portable devices and databases
  • Share your findings with family members and collaborate with other researchers

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  • Paperback: 456 pages
  • Publisher: McGraw-Hill Osborne; 2 edition (1 May 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0071625348
  • ISBN-13: 978-0071625340
  • Product Dimensions: 2.5 x 18.4 x 23.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,063,317 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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George G. Morgan is the president of Aha! Seminars, Inc., which provides training for libraries and genealogical societies. He is the author of six books and hundreds of articles on genealogy.

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4.0 out of 5 stars How to do Everything Genealogy 19 May 2013
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Very informative book... Although much of the content deals with American Census forms, etc., there is still useful coverage of the UK, and there are some excellent suggestions re record keeping.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Truly what you need to know about Genealogy research 5 Sep 2009
By Gary Routh - Published on
I select and buy books for our Columbine Genealogical and Historical Society to donate to local libraries. This book got my attention when it arrived and I am utterly amazed at the quality and detail of its contents. George is legend in the genealogy community, he has done it all and his advice and examples in this updated 2nd edition are dead on. His examples are perfect and his text lean and to the point. I've done lots of genealogy research, and I was picking up new tips in each chapter, like this bit of advice to get access to today's 'semi-restricted' public records found on pgs 317-318:
(quote)"... Be prepared by carrying a copy of your pedigree chart with you, along with copies of birth certificates, marriage licenses, death certificates, obituaries, and other documentation that might prove your relationship. The fact that you 'are' prepared to prove your relationship speaks volumes to the people from whom you make these requests." (end quote)
I have recommended this book to our society instructors as well as numerous friends. Much of the material in this book comes from George's seminars which are always top notch. Considering the price of seminars these days, the book is a true bargain!
48 of 48 people found the following review helpful
By D. Blankenship - Published on
I have been dabbling in Genealogy for a few years now. I have read, and in fact own, several books on the subject. I thought I knew quite a lot. I picked this book up at the local library sort of on whim; well, more than a whim because I needed some information in my battle with our government over some military records of long passed relatives. I brought the book home to study that particular section. I ended up reading the entire thing, cover to cover! I found I knew far less than I thought I knew!

Good grief, if I had to pick and choose and be allowed only one book on this subject, I would most certainly, without hesitation, pick this one. I learned more in the four days it took to read the thing than I have learned from all the other books I have read combined, and all the seminars I have attended. I felt a mild (well, actually it was more than mild) attack of chagrin when I finished and began realizing all the money I have wasted....arrrrrgh!

From setting up and organizing (an area in my life that needs a lot of work), through the actual process of DNA testing, it is all here. Research methods, obscure unthought of sources, methods of snipping though the endless red tape (this aspect of this hobby, if you want to call it a hobby, drives me up a wall), traditional and nontraditional methods and sources of research, on-line resources, planning a successful genealogical research trip, cost considerations, (did I mention valuable and obscure research sources?), searching in other countries, cemetery research, and the list goes on and on and on.

One of the best and most delightful aspects of this book though is its readability. The author writes for the reader and not to the reader or down to the reader. He says what he wants to say and does not muck around about it. You get the information you need served up in a very straightforward manner. No mumbling and word play here. I do love and appreciate this. I will bet that this guy is one heck of a teacher.

And for me the absolute best thing, and one of the most helpful, where the author's tips on organizing the information you already have and the information you will get, and be able to record all of this information into a comprehensive format(s) that you and others can actually read and make sense of. That information alone is pure gold as far as I am concerned.

The book is very will organized, very well referenced and liberally illustrated. At 442 pages of high quality paper, it is a heavy puppy but not so heavy that it is a burden to pack with you on your many trips.

My Scrooge like qualities as to money are legendary in my family as well as among my friends, but I am actually going to spring for the bucks and buy this volume to add to my collection...actually, I might well sell the other books on this subject and stick with just this one!

Don Blankenship
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5.0 out of 5 stars Genealogy Necessity 23 May 2010
By Debbie History - Published on
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If you need a book that covers just about everything you need to learn in genealogy this is the one! I have met the author and his personality comes through in the writing of this book. Very easy to understand with lots of notes and tips.
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Genealogy 26 April 2011
By bluebird65 - Published on
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Excellent condition. This book especially good for someone new to genealogy. It also can be helpful to a seasoned genealogist in jogging the memory on places to search and added insight to understanding what has been found. Overall, just a great book to include in my own library.
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5.0 out of 5 stars genealogy for beginners 3 April 2010
By Joyce A. Brannan - Published on
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This is the best book I have seen for beginners. It covers all the basic information needed without talking down to the reader.
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