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31 October 2016

"The Complete Idiot's Guide to Genealogy" by Christine Rose and Kay Germain Ingalls

In The Complete Idiot's Guide to Genealogy, Christine Rose and Kay Ingalls promise to cover all the basics and advanced ideas. "We hope you'll be swept along with us in our fascination with family history." With years of poking around courthouses and solving family puzzles, both authors admit mistakes and lessons learned. "With the guidance of this book..... Your family tree will take shape as you uncover stories that surprise, inspire, and enthrall you."

Everything is online and free! In Chapter five, "The Internet: Online Any Time," the reader learns how to dispel this myth. The authors write that online information can be wrong; the reader should resolve to publish a correct tree with sources attached. Internet information is not up-to-date or permanent. This fourteen page chapter covers many online tips; one tip to remember from page 65 "traditional methodology still applies.... you must analyze and evaluate it [information] before incorporating the data into your family history."

What makes this book unique?
  • the extra hints - definitions, pedigree pitfalls, tree tips and lineage lessons
  • easy to follow six part organization
  • appendixes that include glossary, worksheets, blank forms, suggested resources
Rose, Christine and Kay Germain Ingalls. The Complete Idiot's Guide to Genealogy. Third Edition. New York: Penguin Group. 2012. quotes from the Introduction pages xix and xx.

The authors willingly share their expertise in an organized and easy to follow outline. The authors kept their promise by illustrating basic and advanced research ideas with examples and how to search using forms.

The Trustees of the Board for Certification of Genealogists (BCG) honored Christine Rose with Emeritus Status for her service to BCG and her fifty-year distinguished genealogical career. The honor was announced 4 May 2016 in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. Congratulations!

Check area libraries, this book is available at the Gwinnett County Public Library, Georgia. Ask yourself, does this book help me advance towards my genealogy goals? Comments or questions, please contact Selma Blackmon, Thank you!

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