A few years ago I really got into genealogy. I researched my own family, and my husbands, for endless hours. It is fun to find old draft notices and pictures of relatives you've never met. This book, Genealogy Basics In 30 Minutes, is more than a good starter book. First of all, it took me more than 30 minutes to read, and I am a speed reader. Second of all, I found several things that were new to me and that is where the excitement began. The author takes you step-by-step through the process of researching your ancestry. I love that the first step is you. I totally agree that you have to get your basics down first; or you don't have a foundation on which to build your tree. I got so into researching family that lived hundreds of years ago and then one day realized I didn't even know all of my living cousins names. Not only is the process presented in a way that all will understand, there are links to very helpful websites and even etiquette about approaching family and not known to you family member. So important. I recommend this book to anyone who is thinking of researching genealogy and those who have been at it for a while. There are so many good reminders, chart options, and probably a few new tips that you haven't even heard about. Like I said, I worked on my family tree several years ago. This book has motivated me to go back to work immediately. I can't believe the 1940 Census was released and I didn't even realize it. Feels like Christmas has come early in Georgia. Thank you, Shannon Combs-Bennett.
Preorder the book today! Genealogists are like detectives. Working out puzzles is the name of their game! If you have ever wanted to research and document your family history the right way, then Genealogy Basics In 30 Minutes is for you! Authored by professional genealogist Shannon Combs-Bennett, this genealogy book explains the joys, challenges, and triumphs of researching your family s origins. While many people assume genealogy research starts online, Combs-Bennett shows the importance of starting a family tree using documents that can be found in your own home! Genealogy Basics In 30 Minutes is written in a friendly, easy-to-understand style that avoids complex jargon. There are lots of examples, case studies, and advice that can help would-be family historians quickly get up to speed. In addition to listing best practices for conducting genealogical research, Genealogy Basics In 30 Minutes also warns readers about the many pitfalls of family research, from brick wall mysteries to time-wasting online searches. Topics include: Why are people so interested in family history? Evaluating clues, facts, and myths in family stories The importance of linking generations Vital records, from birth certificates to death records Non-vital records, from census forms to wills Religious records Five things that can trip up newbies researching family history Best practices for genealogy road trips Interviewing relatives, and dealing with skeptics Pros and cons of online genealogy research Genealogy communities and continuing education Genetic genealogy basics Understanding the Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act (GINA) Genetic genealogy and adoptees Non-paternal events and other skeletons in the genetic closet Visualizing family history with charts Research logs and genealogy journals How to create good source citations Preserving records and research Genealogy software and GEDCOM files Planning for disasters Genealogy Basics In 30 Minutes is not a comprehensive guide. Nevertheless, in a single reading you will be able to understand some important research basics that will serve you well as you embark on a journey to figure out the origins of your family. Creating a strong family tree will not only satisfy your own curiosity, but will also serve as a record to share with relatives and future generations! Preorder the book today!