Friday, January 11, 2013

Review: The Genealogist's Internet by Peter Christian


This practical guide identifies the major websites and online sources of data available to family historians. It is ideal for both beginners and more experienced researchers as it explores the most useful sources and helps readers to navigate each one. The Genealogist's Internet features fully updated URLs and all of the recent developments in online genealogy.
This fully updated fifth edition, endorsed by the National Archives, is the comprehensive guide for anyone researching their family history online. It covers:
·Online census records and wills, including the 1911 Census
·Civil registration indexes
·Information on occupations and professions
·DNA matching
·New genealogy websites and search engines
·Surname studies
·Passenger lists and migration records
·Information on digitised historical maps and photographs
This book also includes the impact of blogging, podcasting and social networking on family history research, allowing family historians to find others with similar research interests and to share their results. Whether you want to put your family tree online, find distant relatives or access the numerous online genealogical forums, discussion groups and mailing lists, this book is a must-have.

I have been researching my family tree for a few months now, so this book is perfect reading for me.

In The Genealogist's Internet, you learn about different websites and sources you can tap to learn more about your family.

The thing is, though, most of the things discussed in this book are focused on finding ancestors from the UK. If one of your ancestors were from the UK, you're in luck as there are plenty of things in this book you can use. If you're like me, however, whose ancestors are from Asia and Spain, you won't find as much things in this book that will be of help, other than as a general idea of where to look for ancestral records.

If you're new to the whole genealogy thing, however, then you will find a lot of useful things in this book, even if your ancestors aren't from the UK.

Thanks to NetGalley and Bloomsbury UK and ANZ for the e-copy.


  1. It's very comprehensive.
  2. You can find something you can use even if you've researched before.
  3. Beginners can learn a lot from this book.


  1. Majority of the focus is on UK sources and ancestry.

Your first online steps in genealogy will depend on how much research you have already done on your family tree, and what your aim is.

  1. You want to research your family tree.
  2. Your ancestors are from the UK.
  3. You like shows like Who Do You Think You Are.




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