Contest: Win a Copy of The Unofficial Guide to

Enter the Win a Copy of The Unofficial Guide to Contest this week and you could win a FREE copy of this amazing book.

Another Genealogy Contest at GeneaBloggers!

The new book Unofficial Guide to by Dana McCullough is filled with tips, tricks and clear instructions on how to get the most out of the FamilySearch website. You’ll learn not only about the basics of FamilySearch, but also find out how to use the Wiki, access Apps and more!

Enter the Win a Copy of the Unofficial Guide to this week and you could win a FREE copy of this amazing book. We’ll select three winners and each winner can choose the paperback or e-book version*. Many thanks to contest sponsor F+W Media, parent company of Family Tree Magazine!

This is a $25.99 value and you could win if you enter by 11:59 pm CDT on Sunday 9 August 2015. Click here to enter!

* Contest winners outside the US will receive the e-book version only.

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Review: Unofficial Guide to

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Recently, I had the opportunity to read and review the Unofficial Guide to – How to Find Your Family History on the World’s Largest Free Genealogy Website, by Dana McCullough. Even as a long-time genealogist, if you thought you knew FamilySearch, this guidebook brings you the latest, up-to-date information on a treasured resource for family history.

FamilySearch: A Hidden Gem for Genealogy

As the author notes at the outset, many beginning genealogists are completely unaware of FamilySearch and it remains a hidden gem for them. McCullough’s format for the book is to cover the major aspects of FamilySearch, including Trees, Historical Records, User-submitted Genealogies, Family History Books, Wiki, Catalog, Memories, Indexing and more. The author also devotes special side bar sections to tracing the roots of specific FamilySearch resources. This includes the background and origins of the Ancestral File, Pedigree Resource File and the IGI (International Genealogical Index).

In reading the Unofficial Guide to, I felt guided by a genealogist who honestly confesses to the same mistakes that many of us have made in the past, such as not citing sources. I appreciated the special attention MCullough devoted to sources, their importance, and even how to save sources from other websites to FamilySearch.

Other nice features of the book are the Keys to Success and Getting Started checklist sections at the end of each chapter. Too many genealogy “how to” books don’t offer this type of “call to action” to the reader. Anyone purchasing this book has no excuse not to get started with FamilySearch since all the tools are laid out for them!

The Unofficial Guide to is filled with little gems and bits of advice covering many different areas. In the Family Trees chapter, the author reviews how to upload photos and documents and covers in detail how copyright is handled. In addition, she covers the collaboration aspect of Family Trees and how to protect your privacy and the privacy of your family.

Get to Know FamilySearch In-Depth and Up Close

At 242 pages, the Unofficial Guide to is not just substantial, but also comprehensive. It is suitable for those just starting to explore their family history as well as seasoned genealogists who want to extract every bit of knowledge possible from the FamilySearch site and its affiliated sites.

The Unofficial Guide to can be purchased online at – click here for more information.

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Genealogy Bargains for Monday 3 August 2015

Cite Your Sources Sale at Amazon! Save on several books and quick reference guides by Elizabeth Shown Mills

UPDATED GENEALOGY BARGAINS for Monday, August 3, 2015

New Genealogy Deals

Cite Your Sources Sale at Amazon! Save on several books and quick reference guides by Elizabeth Shown Mills including:

Your Stripped Bare Guide to Citing Sources - "the bare-naked essentials of citing sources for everything from books and articles to manuscripts and websites" - only $7.95 via Amazon

Quicksheet Citing Online Historical Resources - save 10% - normally $9.95, now only $8.96 - via Amazon

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Unofficial Family Search Guide contest

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