Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Crash Course In Genealogy now @

I was surprised this morning to be told that my forthcoming book, Crash Course in Genealogy, is now listed at It is listed as being available June 30th. It isn't even listed on the publisher's site yet. I hope it is available a little earlier than that--at least in time for the American Library Association Annual Conference in New Orleans in late June. However, I am just expecting to get the page proofs back from the editor later today. I'll then have to proofread the manuscript one more time and create an index. That should be completed before April 14th when we leave for a short trip to babysit two of our grandchildren while their parents attend a wedding.

It would have been ideal to have been able to have the book in hand before the National Genealogical Society Conference in Charleston, SC in May and the Jamboree of the Southern California Genealogical Society in Burbank in early June. The latter is possible but unlikely.

Although Crash Course in Genealogy is intended prepare library workers to assist family history researchers who come into their libraries, it will also provide step by step guidance to genealogists. This book provides information about the questions asked on the 1940 US Census which will be opened to the public a year from this coming Saturday. It gives an overview of incorporating DNA testing into family history research. Tips are also provided on taking family research back to Europe.


  1. Will your book be offered in digital format (namely, ePub)?

  2. That is something I will have to discuss with the publisher.

    It is interesting to see how these pre-publication listings show up on Amazon. It says 135 pages. That must have just been a place holder. The page proofs that I got yesterday and am indexing amount to 214 pages (exclusive of the front matter) and that does not include the index which should push the final book past 220 pages.