Saturday, January 30, 2016

The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Genealogy

By Christine Rose and Kay Germain Ingalls
Alpha, 2012. 410 pgs. Nonfiction

Hands down this is the finest introduction to genealogy that I’ve read. This book teaches you where and how to begin your research, how to keep track of your findings, how to stay grounded in good research techniques as you explore internet resources, and how to glean the most from all the primary record types used in research. Interspersed throughout the text are definitions, “pedigree pitfalls,” “tree tips,” and “lineage lessons.”

Rose and Ingalls cover the basics extremely well. This guide is accessible, nicely organized, and clearly written. I found the chapter dedicated to resolving discrepancies to be one of the most useful.


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