Netting Your Ancestors book cover

Netting Your Ancestors

Genealogical Research on the Internet


by Cyndi Howells

A book from the owner of Cyndi's List!

Available from
Genealogical Publishing Company


Netting Your Ancestors - Reviews



Read reviews by fellow genealogists and genealogy columnists:



Tracing Our Roots by Brenda Kellow
"Cyndi has just written a book, "Netting Your Ancestors," that is sure to be a hit with all genealogists who are currently subscribing to an ISP, or who are aspiring to become connected to the Internet in the near future. In simple, understandable English, she explains the equipment, tools and software needed for this adventure."

"Cyndi is a efficient writer and teacher as illustrated in her book. It should be on your desk right there by the side of your computer for easy reference. Every genealogist should be able to exchange information on a global scale and explore vast new databases. That's what her book is all about! It is a must for every genealogist."


Heritage Quest Magazine, Issue #74, pg. 62 by Leland K. Meitzler
"This is the book I've been waiting for! Cyndi has written 'the book' to tell us how to really make use of this new technology and communications system we call the 'Internet'."

"[However], she explains the use of the Internet better than I have ever seen anyone do it before."

"Without a doubt, this guide will help many thousands of genealogists to make maximum use of our new technologies. If I were to pick the one book I believe to be of the most actual help to genealogists, published in 1997, this would be the book. It is totally invaluable and recommended to every genealogist."


Ruby Coleman, for AntiqueWeek
"If you think you have heard it all, read it all and done it all with genealogical computing, think twice. Cyndi's new book is a welcome addition. It helps you get the most out of online research time."

"In your quest for genealogical information, Netting Your Ancestors should be beside the computer."


Shaking Your Family Tree by Myra Vanderpool Gormley and
MISSING LINKS: A Weekly Newsletter for Genealogists by Myra Vanderpool Gormley
"If you want to learn how to use the latest technology to find your ancestors, a brand-new how-to book -- 'Netting Your Ancestors' -- is hot off the press. Written by Cyndi Howells, the webmaster of the five-star, award-winning website called 'Cyndi's List of Genealogy Sites on the Internet,' this how-to book explains how to take maximum advantage of the internet for your genealogical research."


Genealogy Resources on the Internet by Chris Gaunt
"....I can tell you the book is written from the ground up -- how to get online, email basics, strategies for using email to get the best results for genealogy research, and then describes resources like mailing lists, web sites, and more, and how to use them to the max."


Eastman's Online Genealogy Newsletter by Dick Eastman
"Since most of the book contains 'how to' information, 'Netting Your Ancestors' will appeal to many people outside the United States. The descriptions of how to use the Internet and how to find Web sites are not restricted to any geographic area.

The book is written in a manner that seems easy to understand. I would recommend this book to anyone who is new to online genealogy. I was especially pleased with the Glossary of Internet Terms. It is 20 pages of long and contains detailed explanations of almost every buzzword you will encounter in online genealogy research. These are not one-sentence explanations; most of them are at least a full paragraph, and a few topics were even longer than that. Anyone who is new to the online world will use this glossary often."


Genealogy - The Roots of the Matter by Val Adkins for the Meadville Tribune, Crawford Co., Pennsylvania
"This book is very well written in a clear, concise fashion. Within its pages are contained answers to the many questions asked by both new and veteran internet users."

"I would certainly recommend this book to anyone who is using - or is considering using - the internet for genealogical research. It is a study in ease-of-use, and an incredibly valuable asset to anyone who would like to use the internet to the fullest extent!"


Amazon.com Reviews by readers of the book
paracla@silcom.com from California , 10/18/97, rating=10:
"Great book explaining internet researching for beginners!
Cyndi's book is just like her web site on genealogy researching -- very thorough. It explains the basics and also provides plenty of resources and instruction for the more advanced and experienced internet researcher looking for help in doing family history research. Don't miss this one if genealogy is your hobby!"


Linda Smith, prestonkid@aol.com
"Your book is a great resource and I am already planning on recommending it to the rest of my family interested in genealogy. "


James Swan, jswan@ckls.org
"I finally received my copy of Netting Your Ancestors. I love it! You staked our your turf and and then stayed with your topic. You took 182 pages to say what I have planned for one chapter. The best thing I can say is 'Get a copy of Netting Your Ancestors.' I hope you sell a ton of your book. Why not 10 tons. Good luck with it."

"I really did like your book and hope lots of people buy it, because it will help them cut through a lot of the mystique of doing genealogy on the Intenet. Thanks for writing it."


Sandy Corkern, MurCork@aol.com
"Got my copy of your book and it is wonderful. I can't begin to tell you what a BIG help it has been. Thank You from the bottom of my heart."


Ancestor Hunting by Desmond Walls Allen
November 17, 1997 - A newspaper column for the Shreveport Times and the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
"If you're serious about genealogy, it's time to get connected to the Internet. I know a lot of you are already using your computers to make the connection to the vast resources available for family historians out there in cyberspace. But there's more.

Electronic mail (e-mail) is probably the most-used Internet feature. You can communicate with people all over the world, and the cost is only the amount you pay for your monthly Internet service. You can send photos, family data files, and letters to cousins everywhere who are connected.

Newsgroups and mailing lists cover every topic under the sun, and there are hundreds of genealogical subjects. And then, of course, there's the World Wide Web with thousands of sites of interest to genealogists.

It's a bit overwhelming when you get started using the Internet, and even experienced users find new information every day. But help is available; a new book will help.

Cyndi Howells has just written Netting Your Ancestors: Genealogical Research on the Internet. Cyndi is an expert on this topic. Her site is located at http://www.oz.net/~cyndihow/sites.htm -- it's a tremendously well-organized way to approach genealogy on the Internet.

Cyndi's book takes a clear, no-nonsense approach which will be appreciated by beginners. She shares tips and tricks useful to advanced users. Searching the Internet is as easy as typing in keywords in a search engine, but there are techniques that will ensure greater success, and Cyndi tells her readers about them.

The information on "netiquette," or appropriate behavior expected of people using the Internet, is especially helpful. Newcomers all tend to make the same blunders and the suggestions here head off those problems. (Never type an e-mail message in all capital letters.)

Cyndi's book is available from Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc., 1001 N. Calvert Street, Baltimore, Md. 21202, for $19.95 plus $3.50 shipping. Credit card orders may be directed to (800) 296-6687. It's brand new and essential reading for all genealogists surfing the Internet.

If you aren't using the Internet yet, but you are a computer owner, order Cyndi's book and learn how easy it is to connect yourself to the rest of the world.

Desmond Walls Allen is a genealogist who lives in Conway, Ark. Her column appears on Monday. Write to her in care of The Times, P.O. Box 30222, Shreveport, La. 71130-0222."


Christie Anne Weintraub, AFunGirl35@AOL.Com
"I am up to page # 129 so far in your "Netting" book --- I have been trying to "patiently wait" until I've read through the entire book at least one time before I begin to implement all of the hints, suggestions, etc ... but ... alas! I cannot!!!! I've just re-configured my MSIE v.3.02 browser's default start page to your site! I'm so excited to say that doing this will more than greatly enhance my entire on-line computing life! Thanks so very much for writing this book! It's presented in a manner helpful to both novice and experienced computer users and novice and experienced genealogists!"


Lyane Kendall, lyanek@xtra.co.nz
"Received my copy of Netting Your Ancestors yesterday and couldn't get my eyes out of it!"


Don Finel, donwin@pacifier.com
"I just wanted to send you a message and compliment you on the book. I was trying to decide if I wanted to go onto the internet and my niece bought the book for me. After reading it I decided to "go for it". It is a very well written and informative book that I will not hesitate to recommend to anyone. Thank you for writing it."


Larry Button, gunner@netinc.ca
"Just got my copy of "Netting Your Ancestors". It should be manditory reading for anyone wanting to use the 'Net for genealogical research."


Lee Graves, Dadgraves@aol.com
"I am sure that you have had every compliment imaginable, and every adjective available describing your book, but for a "newbie" it is wonderful. I appreciate the help."










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