Tracing Your Family History Hardcover – 2008
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Its chapters are structured by category of record, which means that it is easy find everything you need about specific types or sets of records in one place. This is useful as, once your family history investigation gets under way, this is usually the way one organises the research process.
One danger facing any author in this field is that the internet references quickly become dated. TYFH has a large number of URLs that can be usefully followed up, in fact more than enough to keep an assiduous researcher fully occupied for many, many months. However, if you're the kind of researcher that has to nail down every reference or potential website record then you probably need Peter Christian's 'The Genealogist's Internet', now in its third edition, as well.
It's hard to imagine any single book containing everything that a present-day genealogist would ever want, the range of documentary materials transcribed and online records available is simply too great, but this is an exellent single-volume description of the field that covers the full scope that almost all family history projects will ever need.
This book goes through the various methods of obtaining data explaining how to cross reference sources to validate the information. The writing style is easy to follow and has been split in a manner to make it possible to read the book in small sections if required.
I frequently refer back to sections of the book so it has proved to be excellent value to me. I would strongly recommend it to anyone wishing to begin creating or continuing to research their family details.
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I have "dipped" into this book at random and have found the articles particularly interesting and informative. A good source, it would seem, for anyone trying to trace their family history, easy to read and the details quoted in good everyday language. My is copy is a Hardback publication; I think a Paperback version would be easier to carry around with you when following "leads".
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