The Guide to FamilySearch Online

I wanted to let you know about this fabulous new book I bought recently “The Guide to FamilySearch Online” by James L. Tanner.

After reading about this title on James’ Genealogy’s Star blog, I went right ahead and bought my copy through the BYU Bookstore for US$39.95. I admit that I did cringe at the $30.00 freight, however that was forgiven when I received it within 3 days. I see that it is also now available through, though I haven’t checked out the freight.

FamilySearch is largely what has MADE genealogy!! Is that too bold a statement? I don’t think so. The collecting and indexing of records, and making them available has aided in the interest (or more recently the phenomenal boom) of genealogy, and has changed the way people do genealogy, and FamilySearch is changing along with it.

I will say I haven’t read this book from cover to cover yet, as it’s going to take quite some time to work my way though it all, as it not only covers, but also,,, and more. I’m not sure my head can digest it all, but I’m gonna try.

I’m not going to write down the whole of the contents list as it runs to about 4 pages. But there are clearly defined chapters, many screenshot photo, as well as a glossary and index included. For anyone wanting to understand FamilySearch and all of its facets, this is a must read book.

Anyway this book is being published in short runs, so it can be constantly updated as needed, which if you ask me is a very wise move.

And just to be clear, no this isn’t a book that you can get through Gould Genealogy, or any other Australian genealogy reseller that I know of, so use the links above, and grab yourself a copy. I guarantee that you’ll discover things about FamilySearch that you had no idea about.

One Response to “The Guide to FamilySearch Online”

  1. Geniaus says:

    I bought my copy through Amazon and think the postage was a little less. Although they said it would take its weeks to arrive it arrived within a week.

    Just after my copy arrived I was given access to the New Family Search site and so a lot of information in this book is not relevant for me.

    I, also, have not read the book in its entirety. I find that there is a lot of repetition in the book and think it is more suited to the beginning genealogist who is completely unfamiliar with Familysearch and those who have been using the FamilySearch services for a while.

    I do commend James on publishing in small runs and applaud him for his partcommitment to keeping the up-to-date.

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