The following book review was written by Bobbi King:
Better Than Sliced Bread: Genealogy and Technology.
Published by the Silicon Valley Computer Genealogy Group, Santa Clara, CA. 2009. 184 pages.
This is a paperback edition of selected-as-best articles from the Silicon Valley Computer Technology Group’s newsletter, the “PastFinder.” Some readers may recognize this group in their earlier incarnation as the Silicon Valley PAF Users Group, originated as an early PAF Users Group. Their previous newsletter was circulated as the “PAFinder.”
PAF (Personal Ancestral File) is the genealogy software provided by FamilySearch, and one of the earliest genealogy software programs available to genealogists. In 1999, Ancestral Quest (Incline Software, LC; Gaylon Findlay originator) was licensed to the LDS Church and became the basis for the Windows version of PAF. Ancestral Quest remains a widely-used and appreciated genealogy program.
Congratulations are in order. This newsletter recently won the top honors (2012) in the newsletter competition sponsored by the National Genealogical Society in the category "County or Local Genealogical or Historical Society Newsletter.” Great work, y’all!
This book is partitioned into sections: Genealogy Basics, Internet and Technology, Software Management, and Families Lost and Found. The articles are not all strictly computer-related.
The Genealogy Basics section has articles about local libraries, researching on the road, western migration and The Homestead Act, and collecting oral family histories. The Internet and Technology articles include “The Good, The Blog, and The Ugly”; “Podcasts: Joining the Revolution”; and “The Wild Word of Wiki.”
The Software Management section includes an article called “PAF versus paf: How to Distinguish Between a Program and a Database and Why It Matters.”
Articles in Families Lost and Found include “Finding My Family in France”; “Illegitimacy in England”: and “Illegitimacy in Germany.” There is a total of 33 articles, with an index that should guide you to an article you'd like to read.
This publication would make for interesting, all-around genealogy reading, and past subscribers might find an article they missed.
Better Than Sliced Bread: Genealogy and Technology is available from the Silicon Valley Computer Genealogy Group at http://svcgg.org/pages/store.html.