Tracing Your Family History On The Internet : A Guide for Family Historians 2nd Edition
This fully revised second edition of Chris Paton's best-selling guide is essential reading if you want to make effective use of the internet in your family history research. Every day new records and resources are placed online and new methods of sharing research and communicating across cyberspace become available, and his handbook is the perfect introduction to them. He has checked and updated all the links and other sources, added new ones, written a new introduction and substantially expanded the social networking section.
Never before has it been so easy to research family history using the internet, but he demonstrates that researchers need to take a cautious approach to the information they gain from it. They need to ask, where did the original material come from and has it been accurately reproduced, why was it put online, what has been left out and what is still to come? As he leads the researcher through the multitude of resources that are now accessible online, he helps to answer these questions. He shows what the internet can and cannot do, and he warns against the various traps researchers can fall into along the way.
The second edition of this book addresses the subject of 'Tracing Your Family History' on the Internet in a comprehensive and detailed way. It is certainly a good, detailed and informative guide for family historians. Chris Paton is without doubt a most knowledgeable and informed genealogist.
This is a handy guide as a starting platform and one which can be used to constantly dip into. However, it should be treated with a certain amount of caution as it is not necessarily for the beginner; a degree of prior knowledge of tracing your family history on the Internet is needed. There are few illustrations and those that there are do not all necessarily assist the researcher in his/her quest.
The introduction accurately and usefully points out the pitfalls of using the Internet. The second chapter on Genealogical Essentials could be a useful starting point as it arms the researcher with the tools to approach the job of tracing their family history. The chapters on England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland give a very useful introduction to what is available at county level. The chapter on Empire and Migration is understandably rather concise, but the researcher might find that more is available on the Internet than has been specified.
This guide does not set out to be comprehensive blueprint, but does appear to be a good overall road map. The author usefully and quite rightly draws the reader's attention to the fact that the Internet is an ever-developing medium. This book is a useful tool for family historians and gives a detailed walk-through the many available websites to assist the family historian.
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