Just finished the book “Who Do You Think You Are?: The Essential Guide to Tracing Your Family History” by Megan Smolenyak-Smolenyak. Megan is one of America’s top genealogists; she consults for the show Who Do You Think You Are?, is the author of five books, and is a cold-case researcher for the Army, NCIS, and the FBI.
Three reasons why I couldn’t put this book down:
1. Discussed resources and strategies that I had either not thought of before or wasn’t very familiar with. E.g. Civil War research and all the various DNA tests.
2. Confirmed resources and strategies that I had already been using. Hey, it’s nice to get confirmation that you’re on the right track! I particularly enjoyed Megan’s “Surround and Conquer” method.
3. Examples throughout the book are FASCINATING. The best example, the mystery of the first Ellis Island immigrant, is saved for last.
This book is a must read for anyone who has found themselves addicted to genealogy. It’s quick, I finished it in a just a couple of days but will definitely refer back to it often. The book covers all the bases from begining to end of researching your family tree. I highly recommend you pick up “Who Do You Think You Are?: The Essential Guide to Tracing Your Family History” at your local library or bookstore!