Advanced Genealogy Research Techniques.
By George G. Morgan and Drew Smith. Publ. by McGraw-Hill Education. 2013. 206 pages.
Early on, the authors cite this book as not a book for beginners. The reader of this book should already be an experienced researcher in the typical genealogical records, proficient in navigating through the websites, and practiced in the use of genealogy software for data entry, organization of information, and deft in the art of genealogical analysis.
Advanced Genealogy is meant for the researcher who is up against the proverbial brick wall. Inevitably, after years of research, we meet it. The terminus of our life work on a line of ancestors, seemingly insurmountable.
Messrs. Morgan and Smith offer several ideas for overcoming the obstacles. Their collective years of practical knowledge, experience with a broad array of record types, understanding of the documents, and their involvement with teaching and lecturing offers a wealth of counsel that will reward the reader with results.
Their best chapter is the one titled “Apply Technological Solutions.” Their explanation of DNA is the best I’ve read. The chapter is not overly long, but compact, to the point, accurate, and illuminative. It’s easy to read, easy to understand, and just explains a lot and how to apply it to your family research. I haven’t spent a lot of time on DNA because most of the articles lose me in about one minute. But this DNA write-up is excellent, it alone is worth having the book.
When you overcome your problem, and if this book has helped you do that, call George and Drew at their Genealogy Guys Podcast and tell them about your success. They’ll be happy to hear from you and you can tell them Thank You.
Advanced Genealogy Research Techniques is available from Amazon at http://goo.gl/RDvEZp and from many other genealogy bookstores.