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