I have spent quite a few days trying to uncover the past history of my family. And I must admit I found out a little bit, but it was quite hard work trawling through the many sites which claim to offer information only to present you with a page to input your credit card details before they will show you what you think is the right information.
I was therefore quite pleased to read this book and see that there are quite a few free resources available to the budding genealogist. And this book not only provides links to those sites but also gives out excellent information and tips on how to begin your search and what to do if you do not find what you are looking for. There are sections on many different types of records and how to go about building up the past. And it is all very well laid out and easy to follow. There are even tips on how to present this information in the correct manner to be preserved for posterity.
For me the biggest value were the tips on how to search effectively. Many hours were wasted looking through records and thinking that they did not contain the information I wanted, when with the help of this book I have already managed to begin to uncover another layer of my tree. Looks like another weekend in front of the computer looms!
There is a CD provided which unfortunately only works on PCs, so us ever growing Mac users will have to use one of the many online resources available such as Genesreunited to create our family trees. Or of course you could use a scroll of parchment and ink...