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Virtual Roots 2.0: A Guide to Genealogy and Local History on the World Wide Web (Book & CD-ROM)

   by Thomas Jay Kemp

    SR Books
    01 March, 2003


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Editorial description(s):

From Library Journal
One needs a solid work to sort through all the Internet books for local historians, and this is it. Although a popular guide like Elizabeth Crowe's Genealogy Online: Researching Your Roots (McGraw, 1996) does walk net-wise family historians through the genealogical maze, others?notably David Hawgood's Introduction to Using Computers for Genealogy (Federation of Family History Societies, 1994)?are dated. But Kemp's work is exceptional. A well-known librarian who has written several respected books in the field, e.g., The International Vital Records Handbook (LJ 2/1/95), Kemp has produced a succinct guide that allows readers to pinpoint precisely all contact points for any web site. Better yet, he highlights the best in each category. One cavil: Readers looking for Welsh sites under "England, Wales and the Channel Islands" won't find any. Perhaps Kemp was waiting for prepublication information that never arrived. Despite that, this is arguably the current premier guide in the field.?Gail Benjafield, St. Catharines P.L., Ontario, Canada
Copyright 1997 Reed Business Information, Inc.
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Curt B. Witcher, Manager, Historical Genealogy Department, Allen County Public Library
With Virtual Roots, you do not have to spend countless hours roaming around the Internet looking for good sites. You can go immediately to useful sites, gather meaningful data, and springboard from those sites into other more specific veins of electronic data. --This text refers to the

P. William Filby, Former Director, Maryland Historical Society, Fellow of the Society of Genealogists, London, Fellow of the National Genealogical Society
An indispensable guide for those who use the Internet for genealogical research. I highly recommend Virtual Roots. --This text refers to the

Book Description
Virtual Roots 2.0: A Guide to Genealogy and Local History on the World Wide Web is the revised and updated edition of Scholarly Resources's top-selling guide to genealogical research on the internet. The Web has made the world much smaller, communication more instantaneous, and the searching of data from the world's archives a practical reality. But with more than one million web sites and home pages on the internet, how do users narrow the search to find the sites with the valuable information they are seeking? Virtual Roots 2.0 is a detailed directory of more than one thousand of the best genealogy and local history sites on the web, carefully selected by Thomas Jay Kemp, eminent genealogist and chair of the ALA's Genealogy Committee.

This new volume not only lists websites from around the world but also outlines the important resources and guides found at each site. The accompanying CD-ROM includes hot-links to all of the sites in the book. Now users can simply click on a link and instantly be taken to the site they have chosen.

Each entry in Virtual Roots 2.0 includes an e-mail and postal address, and where available, the telephone and/or fax number for reference staff of each website. This information enables researchers to immediately contact archives, libraries or societies around the globe while still viewing the repository's website on the computer. All of this vital data is brought together in one handy directory, making Virtual Roots 2.0 the most comprehensive and easy-to-use all-in-one-guide to genealogy on the internet.

Reader review(s):

A Guide to Useful Internet Sites for Genealogy, July 12, 2000
Pluses: This book has a number of unusual sites for Genealogical Research. It jogs the memory to new sources for the elusive piece of information needed to find your ancestor or cousin. The sites then lead to the information that you have sougth for years. It includes both domestic (US) and international sites. The latter are quite useful and otherwise hard to find.

Minuses: The book was first printed in 1997 and some of the sites have new URLs. For example Cindi's List has changed. (Experienced surfers can still find this invaluable site.)

Packed from cover to cover with genealogical research, June 19, 2003
This revised, updated edition to genealogical research on the Internet lists websites from around the world and the resources and guides on each which lend to genealogical research. Entries include email and postal addresses, phone contacts for the web site, and lists of archives and other data sources around the world. From special collections and historical society holdings to public and research libraries, Virtual Roots 2.0: A Guide to Genealogy and Local History On The World Wide Web is packed from cover to cover with genealogical research and reference assistance source materials.

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