Reviews for Genealogist's Internet

Choice Reviews 2009 October
In recent years, as the Internet has become flooded with documents from both public and private collections, genealogists have had difficulty keeping track of new collections and access points. The fourth edition of this popular genealogy guide by independent scholar Christian provides a snapshot of Internet resources, with particular focus on records in the UK. Although many such research guides exist in the market, very few provide the tools necessary to navigate Web sites. The author begins with a brief how-to section on genealogy, followed by chapters on government documents, paid and free access points, and some of the pitfalls of online sources, including copyright and indexing issues. One surprising feature is the detailed overview of computer-related topics: terminology, image formatting, Web page design, search engines, and the use of mailing lists. Christian's commentary is concise, covering all the necessary subjects, yet his writing is fluid and easy to read. Truly a gem for beginning and experienced genealogists of any heritage, this volume will be of particular help to those researching family lines that originated in the British Isles. Summing Up: Highly recommended. Any collection that supports genealogical research; lower-level undergraduates and above, and interested individuals. Copyright 2009 American Library Association.