Reviews for Complete Beginner's Guide to Genealogy, the Internet, and Your Genealogy Computer Program

Booklist Reviews 2011 May #2
It has been 10 years since the first edition of this guide. Now, author Clifford replicates the successful format of the 2001 edition. Divided into 14 chapters, the book takes a novice through the basics of doing genealogical research. Each chapter is replete with basic information, graphs, and charts and seeks to not assume any knowledge on the part of the user. For instance, in each chapter call-outs entitled "Terms to Understand" define terms such as genealogy, ancestral file, bibliographic notation, and the like. Each chapter includes a "your turn" section, with questions prompting readers to apply what they've learned, as well as assignments to ensure that information has been comprehended. The strength of this book is that it seeks to act as a self-contained, self-paced lesson in learning how to do effective family historical research, and it succeeds admirably in this. One quibble: the discussion of public library resources in chapter 9 ("State Vital Record Offices, Public Libraries, Courthouses and Local Repositories") features a picture of a card catalog. The reader is instructed that if the library's catalog is on a computer, "look at the instructions in order to see if it is set up by locality, subject, or author-title." This seems strange, as every OPAC will have a keyword or Boolean method to search its contents. Also, even though the author has extensive bibliographies at the end of each chapter, WorldCat is not mentioned in the entire book as a way to identify where some of these resources may be found. The more modern ways of communicating with reference staff through texting and online chat are not mentioned either. Still, The Complete Beginner's Guide to Genealogy, the Internet, and Your Genealogy Computer Program has much to offer the rookie right up through the experienced family-history seeker. Copyright 2011 Booklist Reviews.

Booklist Monthly Selections - #2 March 2001
The proliferation of home computers and the accessibility of the Internet have virtually revolutionized the discipline of genealogical research. This indispensable guide provides a practical blueprint for sophisticated genealogical examinations. Combining traditional archival research methods with technologically enhanced techniques, the author offers tutelage, tips, and shortcuts designed to enable novice investigators to construct comprehensive family histories. The instructional format includes helpful assignments, activities, and checklists. This practical manual is an ideal resource for genealogical research in a new era. ((Reviewed March 15, 2001)) Copyright 2001 Booklist Reviews

Library Journal Reviews 2001 February #1
As the title indicates, Clifford strives to cover all things genealogical in this fact-filled workbook. Heavily illustrated with charts, maps, reproducible forms, word definitions, and as-you-go assignments, her book assumes that the reader is beginning genealogy research in general while learning to use a genealogy computer program. But you don't have to have a genealogy program at hand to use this book successfully, for all readers can benefit from Clifford's objectives: to set goals, apply proper research skills, employ critical analysis, thoroughly document findings, and avoid "skipping" generations. Clifford (Becoming an Accredited Genealogist, Ancestry, 1998) offers straightforward discussions of terms, types of records, and major repositories of genealogy materials. For the various records and methods of investigation, she ties in suggestions for incorporating data into a genealogy program. Each chapter ends with brief assignments, URLs, and a bibliography. Her chapters on the Latter Day Saints' (LDS) Family History Library, local family history centers, and their various databases may provide insights to even experienced researchers. Two appendixes (on the Internet and reproducible forms) complete the book. Clifford's work compares to Emily Croom's Unpuzzling Your Past (Betterway, 1995) in its approach to genealogy basics but covers LDS resources in much greater depth. For a more thorough introduction to genealogy research on the Internet, however, readers might try Rhonda McClure's Complete Idiot's Guide to Online Genealogy (Alpha, 2000). Clifford is president of Genealogy Research Associates, Inc., whose web site is referred to throughout. Recommended for public libraries. Elaine M. Kuhn, Allen Cty. P.L., Ft. Wayne, IN Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.