Who Do You Think You Are?

Who Do You Think You Are?

The Essential Guide to Tracing your Family History

Book - 2009
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This companion guide to the NBC series Who do you think you are? contains information on how to research your family history.
Publisher: New York : Viking, 2009.
ISBN: 9780670021635
0670021636
Branch Call Number: 929.1072/SMOLENYAK
Characteristics: xiii, 204 p. : ill. (some col.) ; 24 cm.
Additional Contributors: Wall to Wall Media

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May 15, 2018

"You need to understand where you were," star athlete Emmitt Smith remarks in the book, "to appreciate where you are." While a lot of pieces that are connected to a given television show wind up being nothing more than empty advertisements, this book is an interesting look at the basics of genealogy research. The author goes through how to start the hunt for ancestors with detailed examples, and she goes on to list multiple case studies including the aforementioned Smith, actress Brooke Shields, and even the then newly inaugurated Barack Obama.

'Who Do You Think You Are' features two main issues, although neither of them keep it from being worth reading. First of all, the field of genealogy has continued to advance so much more recently that the book being a decade or so old hurts it. As well, the book's conversational tone and beginner-level analysis of the field means that a lot of fascinating details get glossed over. Still, the author does a fine job presenting something that will help all kinds of readers interested in genealogy.

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britprincess1ajax
Mar 02, 2017

Genealogy is a fickle mistress; some may have an easy time to find all the relatives they're looking for in one quick census search, while others may hunt and hunt to no avail. For the former who have no clue how to actually get there, this book is for you. However, for anyone struggling that already knows the basics, I dare say this book is useless. The only thing I learned was how valuable cindislist.com can be. Other than that, I feel that this book was quickly compiled as a companion guide for beginners who loved the celebrity genealogy TV show.

IBIDPAUL Jun 28, 2011

A companion to the popular television show this book is easy to read and full of good tips for the beginner. The author is a well known genealogist who has sponsored many genealogy type contests.

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