Bill Dollarhide has written a new book, entitled Getting Started in Genealogy Online. True to its title, this is a "how to" book aimed at beginners. However, a few of the resources listed may be news to some of us old-timers.
I was pleasantly surprised to find that the first few pages of this book suggest that the genealogy newcomer should first start with offline resources. Dollarhide first suggests interviewing members of your own family, especially the older members. Next he suggests interviewing more distant relatives and then moves on to information about how to obtain death certificates. In the death certificates section he introduces the first URL (web address), a web page that tells where to find death certificates. He goes on to cover funeral records, cemetery records, Social Security Death Index, federal census records, online lineage-linked databases, and much more. He gives brief descriptions of each resource listed, along with its web address.
Perhaps the most detailed listing is the chapter on Genealogy Resource Centers in the States. He lists all the larger libraries, archives, and other records repositories in each of the fifty states as well as the District of Columbia.
The chapter with perhaps the most humorous title is Research Help for the Addicted. This section contains online listings of professional genealogists and magazines and Dollarhide's opinion of the top twenty genealogy books. He also lists online genealogy newsletters and blogs.
The book ends with several pages of blank forms, including a pedigree chart, a family group sheet, and a family data sheet. The author encourages the reader to photocopy the forms and make as many copies as needed.
Bill Dollarhide is an experienced genealogist, author, and lecturer who has been researching his own family tree since 1971. His honors include an Award of Merit from the American Society of Genealogists for the Map Guide book; an Award of Appreciation from the National Genealogical Society for services to the genealogical community; and Awards of Appreciation from California, Missouri, Ohio, Oregon, and Washington state-wide genealogical societies and associations. As a genealogical lecturer since 1985, he has conducted seminar programs for over 600 genealogical societies. He is the author of numerous genealogy books.
Getting Started in Genealogy Online is a slim, 64-page booklet that provides an excellent guide for someone who does not know where to start. The book focuses solely on U.S. ancestry. I can envision Getting Started in Genealogy Online appearing under numerous Christmas trees later this year.
Getting Started in Genealogy Online by Bill Dollarhide sells for $12.95 and is available directly from its publisher, Genealogical Publishing Company. You can order it online via a safe and secure shopping cart system at http://tinyurl.com/h9rx8. You probably can also order it through most any bookstore if you specify ISBN 0806317701.