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Netting Your Ancestors: Genealogical Research on the Internet by Cyndi Howells. 1997. Genealogical Publishing Company, 1001 N. Calvert St., Baltimore MD 21202. 182 pp. Illustrations, index. Softcover. $19.95 plus $3.50 p&h.

This book is a great resource for those thinking about exploring the world of online genealogical research and wanting to know where to start. It also provides good value for beginning and experienced online researchers.

The book takes you through the process of understanding what you need to get online, how to use your computer software effectively, and then how to obtain information. I found myself reading something about my software or searching online and saying to myself, "I didn't know that," and then going off to test the process.

Once past the equipment and software the book gets into the online world, talking about online etiquette, electronic mail, mailing lists, newsgroups and searching the world wide web for useful material. Each of the chapters contains useful sections of tips and techniques, plus another on research strategies. Throughout, the book recommends online sites designed to meet specific needs. As an experienced researcher, I found the book helped me to improve my online researching skills.

Reviewed by Paul Milner
BIGWILL v.5 no.1, 1998