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Peter Christian
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31 Aug 2005 Genealogist's Internet
There is a wealth of data on the Web for those researching a family tree. However, the sheer volume of information and diversity of websites can make starting your search confusing and time-consuming. Help is at hand with this clear and authoritative guide from the National Archives. The Genealogist's Internet starts by explaining how the internet works for the beginner. It continues by detailing the major sources of primary data available to family historians on-line and highlights the most helpful directories and gateways. Use it to contact others with the same surname or to access the numerous forums, discussion groups, mailing lists and newsgroups focusing on genealogy.

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  • Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: The National Archives; 3rd Revised edition edition (31 Aug 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 190336583X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1903365830
  • Product Dimensions: 23.5 x 16.1 x 2.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 405,710 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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'A guiding light...[an] invaluable book.' -- Your Family Tree Magazine, December 2005

'An excellent book that provides comprehensive information for online UK genealogy research.' -- Eastman's Online Genealogy Newsletter

'It's an essential reference...probably ...[one of] two best genealogy reference book published in recent times' -- David Tippey, 2005

'This book should be compulsory reading for every family historian with Internet access.' -- Family History News and Digest

'probably ...[one of] two best genealogy reference book published in recent times' -- David Tippey, 2005

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262 of 264 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Genealogists Must Have On The Book Shelf!!! 30 April 2006
By V J
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There are many books on the subject of genealogy reference, so much so, it is a nightmare and a daunting experience as to which reference books to plumb for. Peter Christian, has produced such a book, that is written in plain English, for the beginner and more advanced genealogist. The book is chronological in format with the most uptodate references of internet resources and the record offices/agencies available. The book is non biased towards any agencies, but does point out the pitfalls of information submitted to the various sites, as not being accurate without being verified manually from record offices. Such information apparently goes unchecked and therefore, inaccuracies, occur in the compilation of genealogical compilations. This is something Peter Christian, quite rightly, points out. This in mind, Peter Christian has covered all aspects of the science of researching family history. A very well written reference book and one that every researcher of genealogy should have. I certainly recommend this book for persons looking to purchase on this subject!!
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145 of 147 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Goldmine of Information 16 Feb 2006
By Peter B
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Superb. Packed absolutely full of information on Internet resources fo rthe genealogist. The author even has a website containing updates to links that have changed since being printed in the book. Highly recommended.
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82 of 83 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The second book you should buy 27 Nov 2006
By Tony Jones VINE VOICE
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Once you begin to understand how to tackle mapping your family tree, you will quickly realise that you need to use the Internet.

This book is your invaluable guide - it tells you what is there, how to get it, what it costs and gives a very unbiased view as to quality.

I was very impressed by the range of material and the style of review - you do not see the author's preferences unless they made explicit, instead you get a sensible appraisal of the pros and cons of various sites and the options you need to consider before embarking on subscriptions that may end up not justifying their purchase.

I have found this a great companion on my journey into the past.
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400 of 409 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Well-judged, helpful and very authoritative 11 Nov 2001
By A Customer
It's hard to imagine a more compendious or useful book for the intelligent beginner or the established Family Historian with ambitions to extend his or her knowledge through the enormous (but potentially bewildering) resources of the web.
The author is a Fellow of London's Society of Geneaologists but does not blind with science: the book is a well-paced primer, but completely unpatronising. It will prove enlightening even to hardened net-users, and it contains a huge number of tips about exploring British Genealogy online that will be indispensible to Family Historians all over the world.
The book is fully-illustrated and nicely-presented. A specially valuable section concerns the practicalities, and the netiquette, of putting your own Family Tree online, thereby getting the attention of, and swapping information with, remote relations and fellow researchers.
The web is revolutionising the already-absorbing study of Genealogy and this excellent volume smooths and illuminates any would-be explorer's path through it.
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45 of 46 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A great Companion 2 Sep 2007
I was lucky enough to be given this as a birthday gift when I first got into my Family Tree. It is a really useful resource helping a beginner find their way around the wealth of info available on the web to the amateur genealogist. There is info on where to start and on the whole aray of online sources. A great book, worth the money.
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Family History 22 May 2009
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Compiled by the National Archives at Kew, one rightly assumes they are the best people to tell you where to find what you want in the myriad of information available. Although appearing rather heavy going at the first 'flick thru' it is actually easier to get information from this book rather than trawling through 1000's of web pages that lead you up the garden path and then ask you for your credit card details. An essential purchase for anyone from the beginner to experienced users.
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars family history made easier 13 April 2009
If you're disabled or some distance from a large city, the Internet is invaluable. Searching for family history is made much easier by this well written and detailed book which has a wealth of information allowing access to many websites. The text is clear and unambiguous. It is an updating of earlier works, clearly set out and well referenced. As you might expect, such a detailed and lengthy text needs careful reading but the reward comes in the clear instructions (together with appropriate warnings, such as instances when the sites are poorly maintained or have other deficiencies) and the range of information.
There may be other texts which cover similar ground, but for my money this is a well written and exhaustive introduction to the application of the Internet to genealogy in general, and discovering family history in particular.
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars THE GENEALOGIST'S INTERNET 1 April 2009
Excellent reference book for "armchair" genealogists which replaces pages of notes for sites previously visited. Also very helpful information relating to sites which have either disappeared or been absorbed into other web-sites.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Very useful manual
A very useful manual for my internet search into my family history.Great value and delivered exactly as promised and well on time.
Published 29 days ago by stuart scholes
3.0 out of 5 stars Family tree on the Internet made easy
Just the book for me, easy to read, clear advice and references to enable me to stuck into my family tree.Well pleased.
Published 4 months ago by roger
5.0 out of 5 stars genealogists internet
very good book, plenty to refer to and quite in depth. Probably better for beginners to refer to. Very pleased with it
Published 5 months ago by liz beard
5.0 out of 5 stars Genealogists Internet
I have so far only had time to look through what this book has to offer and am very pleased with what appears to be a very comprehensive collection of useful information . Read more
Published 17 months ago by Ehlana
5.0 out of 5 stars The Genealogist's Internet
I've read many books purporting to explain how the internet can help your Family History research. This one, the 4th edition of The Genealogist's Internet, is by far the best. Read more
Published on 19 Jan 2012 by eshopper
5.0 out of 5 stars genealogist
Just the thing for learning how to track down your ancestors if your into genealogy good read and full of information good buy for the price
Published on 6 May 2011 by les leeds
5.0 out of 5 stars First Time Genealogist's Should Buy This Book
If you are new to Genealogy - this book is for you.

Having watched Who Do You Think You Are, I was keen to have a go myself. Read more
Published on 5 Dec 2010 by AlexKrycek
5.0 out of 5 stars Very Pleased with the information given
I am a British citizen living in South Africa and started my Family Tree some years ago in the UK. I'm now permanently residing in South Africa and continuing with my research. Read more
Published on 3 April 2010 by Mr. Charles Hughes
5.0 out of 5 stars Does what it says on the tin.
Very happy with my purchase. It is packed with useful information, which can lead to many late nights on the computer, and chores left undone. Read more
Published on 22 Mar 2010 by Rose White
5.0 out of 5 stars keep it handy
A really excellent reference book to keep beside your workplace I have found it essentail.
Published on 26 Dec 2009 by R. H. Johnston
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