Genealogists have been among the great beneficiaries of the digital information age. Incredible resources that once took weeks or months to examine laboriously in a library – or even a trip to another country - are now available at the keyboard in minutes. 

But the benefits of the Internet are also its weakness. Easy online access has triggered a flood of amateur family historians and boosted the market for digital information without any guarantees against bad data. And bad data on the Internet is bad news. Data can now be shared so easily that thousands of people are accepting without question family lines that are not their own. The problem is that they simply don't know what to ask or where to look. 

 "Finding Your Family on the Internet" not only looks at the best web sites for family history, but goes where other guides fall short. It shows the reader how to build a family tree step-by-step through reliable data searches, and how to use the Internet to greatest advantage while avoiding its limitations and pitfalls. And it shows how to find and tell the stories that make a family tree come to life.  


Michael Otterson has been hunting for his family tree for nearly 40 years, motivated initially by a desire to learn more about his own father. His search has led to a family tree numbering in the thousands, and with branches in the United States, the British Isles, Germany, Australia, New Zealand and South Africa.  A former journalist and now a public relations practitioner, he lives and works in the United States.

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