Howells, Cyndi. Planting Your Family Tree Online: How to Create Your Own Family History Web Site.

Nashville: Rutledge Hill Press, 2003. 259p., softcover. Index, illus. $19.99. ISBN 1-4016-0022-0.

More than twenty years ago, using only a very simpleminded computer as a glorified typewriter, I put together a thick volume of lineage on part of my wife’s family, the result of more than a decade of close research. Because of my very limited budget, the production values were poor and fewer than two hundred copies were printed and mailed. And it took nearly all my free time for a year. Today, I would be able to compile all that data in a computer program, produce text files for further editing, present the final version in an attractive, readable, completely cross-indexed format, and upload the whole thing to a website where it could be visited by many thousands of other researchers from around the world. I could correct and update the information as new data came to hand. And I could do it all with little or no out-of-pocket expenditure. Is it any wonder genealogists have so enthusiastically adopted the World Wide Web as their medium?

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Herber, Mark D. Ancestral Trails: The Complete Guide to British Genealogy and Family History

2d ed. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co, 2006. 896p., hardcover. Index, illus, maps. $34.95. ISBN 0-8063-1771-7.

When a new edition appears of a genealogical reference book I have found especially useful, I don’t necessarily, automatically, buy the new edition. If the updated information is primarily new addresses and phone numbers, but the meat of the book has stayed essentially the same, . . . well, one can always look up that sort of thing on the Internet. The first edition of Herber’s fine work — which has already acquired the label “Bible of British genealogy” — appeared in 1997 and ran to 674 pages of extremely thorough discussion of sources for research in Britain. The second edition, published in association with the Society of Genealogists, is fully one-third longer. After paging through it at a conference, I counted up my pennies and bought it. And I haven’t regretted the expense.

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