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Netting Your Ancestors is designed not only to show you how to use the Internet in genealogical research but how to take maximum advantage of this extraordinary research tool. Written by genealogist and computer whiz Cyndi Howells, creator of the award-winning web site Cyndi's List of Genealogy Sites on the Internet, it is a guide to the most powerful research tool since the advent of the personal computer. This is no hollow claim, for in bringing resources from around the world right into your home, the Internet...
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Overview

Netting Your Ancestors is designed not only to show you how to use the Internet in genealogical research but how to take maximum advantage of this extraordinary research tool. Written by genealogist and computer whiz Cyndi Howells, creator of the award-winning web site Cyndi's List of Genealogy Sites on the Internet, it is a guide to the most powerful research tool since the advent of the personal computer. This is no hollow claim, for in bringing resources from around the world right into your home, the Internet makes genealogical research possible on a global scale, in record-breaking time.

With its clear, no-nonsense approach, Netting Your Ancestors answers the most fundamental questions about genealogical research on the Internet: How do I get online? What type of computer hardware and software do I need? What do I do once I'm online? Where do I start? What type of information is available? The answers to those questions, rendered in plain English, will help you to discover genealogical resources and finding-aids beyond your wildest dreams. What's more, you'll be able to communicate with researchers around the world, exchanging data that otherwise might take you a lifetime to find.

To help you get the most out of your online research time, Netting Your Ancestors focuses on the three most useful components of the Internet, each of which is discussed in a separate chapter:

E-mail, Mailing Lists and Newsgroups, and the World Wide Web. Within each chapter, sections are devoted to software requirements, guidelines, and the basic workings of each component, along with tips for researchers who have already been online for a while. The last section in each chapter is devotedto research strategies that will benefit both new and veteran online researchers. The ability to exchange information on a global scale and to explore vast new databases (as well as obscure factoids lurking at the edges of cyberspace) is what genealogical research on the Internet is all about. And in this book, with the aplomb and assurance of a seasoned Internet navigator, Cyndi Howells starts you out on your Internet journey of exploration and discovery, guiding you confidently toward your goal. It's a trip you'll never forget, even though you never leave home.

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Chris Gaunt
"....I can tell you the book is written from the ground up-how to get online, email basics, strategies for using email to get the best results for genealogy research, and then describes resources like mailing lists, websites, and more, and how to use them to the max."
Desmond Walls Allen
"It's a bit overwhelming when you get started using the Internet, and even experienced users find new information every day. But help is available; a new book will help. Cyndi Howells has just written Netting Your Ancestors: Genealogical Research on the Internet. Cyndi is an expert on this topic. Her site is located at http://www.oz.net/~cyndihow/sites.htm-it's a tremendously well-organized way to approach genealogy on the Internet. Cyndi's book takes a clear, no-nonsense approach which will be appreciated by beginners. She shares tips and tricks useful to advanced users. Searching the Internet is as easy as typing in keywords in a search engine, but there are techniques that will ensure greater success, and Cyndi tells her readers about them." "The information on "netiquette," or appropriate behavior expected of people using the Internet, is especially helpful. Newcomers all tend to make the same blunders and the suggestions here head off those problems. (Never type an e-mail message in all capital letters.) " It's brand new and essential reading for all genealogists surfing the Internet."
Dick Eastman
Since most of the book contains 'how to' information, 'Netting Your Ancestors' will appeal to many people outside the United States. The descriptions of how to use the Internet and how to find Web sites are not restricted to any geographic area. " The book is written in a manner that seems easy to understand. I would recommend this book to anyone who is new to online genealogy. I was especially pleased with the Glossary of Internet Terms. It is 20 pages of long and contains detailed explanations of almost every buzzword you will encounter in online genealogy research. These are not one-sentence explanations; most of them are at least a full paragraph, and a few topics were even longer than that. Anyone who is new to the online world will use this glossary often."
Myra Vanderpool Gormley
"If you want to learn how to use the latest technology to find your ancestors, a brand-new how-to book-'Netting Your Ancestors'-is hot off the press". Written by Cyndi Howells, the webmaster of the five-star, award-winning website called 'Cyndi's List of Genealogy Sites on the Internet,' this how-to book explains how to take maximum advantage of the internet for your genealogical research."
VOYA - Vicky Burkholder
It is obvious in reading this book that Howells is an experienced genealogist as well as a computer user. The book is easy to read and full of good information for both the PC and Mac environments. Tips on operating systems, programs, and terminology are excellent for beginners. Howells devotes the first half of the book to instructing readers in using e-mail, and the second half to the World Wide Web, a glossary, and an index. Although extensive lists of genealogical sites and listserv sites are a definite asset, the main thrust of the book seems to be a step-by-step guide to setting up and using e-mail. A problem, albeit minor, is that most genealogical searching seems to be limited to e-mail lists with very few Web sites available. This is a very good resource book for someone who has never used e-mail. As a genealogy book, it has many good suggestions for those already familiar with this type of searching, but it is a beginning computer book, not a beginning genealogy book. A drawback is the repetition of information. Perhaps a better title would have been The Newbie's Guide to E-mail and the Internet. It would, however, be a good addition to a public library reference section. Glossary. Index. Illus. VOYA Codes: 4Q 2P S (Better than most, marred only by occasional lapses, For the YA with a special interest in the subject, Senior High-defined as grades 10 to 12).
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780806315461
  • Publisher: Genealogical Publishing Company, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 10/1/1997
  • Pages: 182
  • Product dimensions: 8.64 (w) x 11.02 (h) x 0.43 (d)

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