The Genealogist’s Internet

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About this book

This Creative Commons edition of The Genealogist’s Internet is essentially a reprint of the 5th edition, designed to make the text freely available to the genealogical community. The text has not been significantly updated, but some effort has been devoted to flagging links which are now broken.

The publisher's blurb for the 2012 5th edition:

The bestselling guide to family history online, fully updated and expanded.

This accessible guide, now in its fifth edition, offers expert advice for researchers in a rapidly changing field. Designed both for those starting out and experienced family historians, its famous range and scope includes:

This expanded, up-to-the-minute edition offers an insider’s knowledge of recent developments online. Featuring fully updated URLs and highlighting the most useful directories and gateways, new chapters cover:

About the author

Peter Christian was born and grew up in London. After a career in academia — first as a linguist and medievalist, then as an IT specialist — he took up writing and lecturing on the use of the Internet in genealogy. In retirement he now devotes his time to writing up his own family history and developing free online resources.

He has been researching his family history for over 40 years and first put his family tree on the web in 1995. From 1996 to 2001 he was editor of the Society of Genealogists’ computer journal Computers in Genealogy, and was also responsible for setting up the Society’s first web site.

For many years he was the Internet columnist for the National Archives’ genealogy magazine Ancestors and is the author of countless articles about online resources for family history. He has also written a number of books on the subject, including Census: The Family Historian’s Guide (with David Annal) and this present volume.

He is a Fellow of the Society of Genealogists and one of the Trustees of Genuki.