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An all-round good reference guide!
on 15 February 2013
One of my (many) hobbies is researching my family tree. I've been doing this for two or three years now and it is something I love throwing myself into a few nights a month. When I saw the opportunity to review The Genealogist's Internet by Peter Christian I jumped at the chance. I feel I'm now past the beginner stage and am starting to get into the nitty gritty of tracing my family back past 1800 where possible as well as padding out their lives and trying to find out who they were beyond a name and some dates.
This book is perfectly pitched at this level for me. It starts with the basics, and so would also be useful for beginners, and is full of useful stuff. Peter Christian covers what you will need to know to start and the usual suspects to start with. I found this quite good to read anyway in case I had missed something (which I had!). There is too much out there for the casual researcher to assume they have thought of everything.
He then takes you through the various types of historical records available to you from birth records and censuses to parish records and military records. For each he gives information and links, suggestions of where to try and also cautions about where the limits of internet research could hold you back. I particularly found his narrative on where it is other factors, such as government cutbacks or legislation, which were preventing the information from being more readily accessible, very interesting reading.
The book also contains information on recording and preserving your research with suggestions you might want to try along with their pros and cons making it a good all round guide.
I personally found this a brilliant guide that I know I will be going back to time and time again. You can sense his love of the subject, which is great for a non-fiction guidebook, and he has provided more than enough links, and at times references to other books, to help most beginners and intermediates out when they (inevitably) get stuck. I would highly recommend it.