- The Washington Times - Sunday, November 25, 2001


"The Complete Idiot's Guide to Online Genealogy," by Rhonda R. McClure. Alpha Books, 1999. This is a good, general book for a novice genealogist.
"Climbing Your Family Tree: Online and Off-line Genealogy for Kids," by Ira Wolfman, Workman Publishing Co., 2001. Children ages 9 to 12 will get a good start with this book.
"The Weekend Genealogist: Timesaving Techniques for Effective Research," by Marcia Yannizze Melnyk, Betterway Publishing, 2000. This book offers many tips on research shortcuts.
"Organizing Your Family History Search: Efficient and Effective Ways to Gather and Protect Your Genealogical Research," by Sharon DeBartolo Carmack, Betterway Publishing, 1999. This book has advice on getting organized, documents to search and how to file and structure information.
"Unpuzzling Your Past," by Emily Anne Croom, Betterway Publishing, 2001. This is another good, basic book.
"Black Roots: A Beginner's Guide to Tracing the African American Family Tree," by Tony Burroughs, Fireside, 2001. This book, written by an expert in black genealogy, details how to overcome some of the special challenges when searching for black ancestors.


The National Genealogical Society, 4527 17th St. N, Arlington, Va. 22207. Phone: 703/525-0050. Web site: www.ngsgenealogy.org. Members in this organization can get access to the association's databases and programs and find professional genealogists and courses of instruction.


Cyndi's List (www.CyndisList.com) is a comprehensive listing of more than 100,000 links to genealogical information. Cyndi Howells, a genealogist from Washington state, sponsors and maintains the site.
On Genealogy.com (www.genealogy.com), a site sponsored by the A&E; Television Networks, visitors can take online classes, get pointers on how to do research and find links to research materials as well as fun items such as celebrity family trees.
Jewish Genealogy Inc. (www.jewishgen.org) is a valuable resource for the Jewish genealogist. It has links to maps from Russia and Eastern Europe, translation tools, surname indexes and links to vital records.
Roots Web Inc. (www.rootsweb.com) is a comprehensive site where visitors can post on message boards and sign up to be on more than 20,000 mailing lists.
Ancestry.com Inc. (www.ancestry.com) is a paid service where members can gain access to databases and records.
On the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints site (www.familysearch.org), visitors can share information and gain access to some of the huge collection of records housed at the Family History Library in Salt Lake City. The site also offers links, guidance and referrals to the more than 3,000 local Family History Centers, the church libraries that contain millions of genealogical records.
The official Web site of Ellis Island (www.ellisislandrecords.org) offers access to immigration records from 1892 to 1924.

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