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Wednesday, September 7, 2016

Released TODAY Genealogy Basics in 30 Minutes

Well, today is the day!  My new book Genealogy Basics in 30 Minutes is open to the public.  If you didn't pre-order you can go out to your favorite bookseller and purchase it now. (Paperback, Kindle, Apple, Barnes and Nobles) Oh, and for a limited time, a PDF Download is 25% off!

I know what many of you are thinking, "genealogy basics in 30 minutes...are you kidding me?!"  And, you would be right.  There is no way I could cover a vast topic like genealogy in 30 minutes, but that is not the point of this book.  It is for beginners (or those who need a refresher) on the fundamentals of genealogy.  To be honest, it took my dad 45 minutes cover to cover, but he devours books.

From the website:
If you have ever wanted to research and document your family history the right way, then Genealogy Basics In 30 Minutes is for you! Authored by professional genealogist Shannon Combs-Bennett, this genealogy book explains the joys, challenges, and triumphs of researching your family’s origins. While many people assume genealogy research starts online, Combs-Bennett shows the importance of starting a family tree using documents that can be found in your own home!
Genealogy Basics In 30 Minutes is written in a friendly, easy-to-understand style that avoids complex jargon. There are lots of examples, case studies, and advice that can help would-be family historians quickly get up to speed.
In addition to listing best practices for conducting genealogical research, Genealogy Basics In 30 Minutes also warns readers about the many pitfalls of family research, from “brick wall” mysteries to time-wasting online searches. Topics include:
  • Why are people so interested in family history?
  • Evaluating clues, facts, and myths in family stories
  • The importance of linking generations
  • Vital records, from birth certificates to death records
  • Non-vital records, from census forms to wills
  • Religious records
  • Five things that can trip up newbies researching family history
  • Best practices for genealogy road trips
  • Interviewing relatives, and dealing with skeptics
  • Pros and cons of online genealogy research
  • Genealogy communities and continuing education
  • Genetic genealogy basics 
  • Understanding the Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act (GINA) 
  • Genetic genealogy and adoptees 
  • Non-paternal events and other skeletons in the genetic closet
  • Visualizing family history with charts
  • Research logs and genealogy journals
  • How to create good source citations
  • Preserving records and research
  • Genealogy software and GEDCOM files
  • Planning for disasters

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