The 2nd edition of The Complete Idiot's Guide to Genealogy, written by genealogy superstars Christine Rose and Kay Germain Ingalls, was published in 2005, and is jam-packed of great genealogy advice for beginners and experienced researchers.
The 1st edition, published in 1997, is now available as a free download. Much has changed in the 8 years since the first edition, but sound genealogy principles remain. All 353 pages are available to view. Look at the table of contents:
- Why Genealogy?
- Start with Mom and Dad
- You're hooked, now what?
- Keeping track of what you find
- Kissin' kin: how to find them
- A rose by any other name
- Getting the most from libraries
- Your family's hometown
- Census research: have you done your homework?
- Making sense of the census
- Corresponding effectively
- A little traveling music, please
- Courthouses: gateway to the past
- A picnic in the cemetery
- More than news in the newspaper
- Did Great-Grandpa carry a rifle?
- Creating order out of chaos
- Doing it right
- Gaining historical perspective
- Resolving discrepancies
- Spending your money wisely
- Discovering less used sources
- Some final words
View the book by clicking here.