Family Tree Problem Solver
March 23rd, 2019 by diane92345

Family Tree Problem Solver is exactly that. If you registered on any of the genealogy sites, this book can help you make better use of their tools and perhaps save you some frustration.

Beginning with five steps to solving genealogical problems, the book takes the amateur genealogist through the entire process of finding their roots. This edition has updated website addresses and two new chapters. One new section covers what to do when receiving a new hint email from a site where you have placed your family tree. Another describes how to use DNA kit results, either your own or family members, to further your genealogical research.

Family Tree Problem Solver is an excellent tool for any amateur ancestor detective’s armory. 4 stars!

Thanks to Family Tree Books and NetGalley for a copy in exchange for an honest review.

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Unofficial Guide to Ancestry com
June 3rd, 2018 by diane92345

Comprehensive and well-organized handbook for

The Unofficial Guide to is a wellspring of knowledge about how find your ancestors more efficiently. Beginning with a simple description of’s menu, this book then drills down past the site’s hint system into the databases themselves. Here is a list of some of the items covered:

  • Family trees
  • Why genealogy software is worth the money
  • When to use other genealogy websites
  • Free forms to use from another website
  • Why, despite what your grandma keeps insisting, you cannot be related to George Washington
  • Census and voter lists
  • Birth, marriage and death records
  • Military
  • Immigration and travel
  • Newspaper and other publications
  • Pictures
  • Stories, memories and histories
  • Maps, atlases and gazetteers
  • Schools, directories and church histories
  • Wills, probate, land, tax and criminal
  • Reference, dictionaries and almanacs
  • DNA matches and circles
  • Associated sites Fold3 and

If you have ever used, you know it is just an intimidating mass of information. Using the Unofficial Guide to makes taming the data beast much easier. After using the book, I have found ancestors who immigrated from England and Ireland. I found a relative who died in a confederate prison and a bunch who came home safely from virtually every war from the Revolutionary to the Korean. I even found a picture of a relative during the depression.

The Unofficial Guide to is highly recommended. 5 stars!

Thanks to the publisher, Family Tree Books, and NetGalley for an advanced copy.

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