Submitter: When I was a public Librarian back in the 90’s we could not have enough books like this on shelf. It seemed everyone was coming in to learn about this new thing called the “internet.”
I am sure this book was very helpful back in 1994. It clearly got a lot of use. 2015? Doubtful. I can think of quite a bit that won’t be covered in this book now that its 20 years old.
Holly: This is quickly becoming one of my favorite categories here on ALB. I’m 41 years old, so I was discovering the Internet as it happened to mainstream America. I got my first email address in 1992 when I was a freshman at Eastern Michigan University (@emunix.edu or something like that. Go Eagles!). This book is just so…dirty! Weed it on condition if nothing else!
Submitter: It is disconcerting to find a book on Internet research published in 1997 in the library. I was very curious about what was on the Internet in 1997! Mostly, it’s about using email. Attached are pictures of some inner pages. A link to an AOL page is listed as the only available genealogy listserv. This book should have been discarded long ago.
Holly: This was one of the genealogy books by one of the genealogy authors in 1997. Cyndi Howells, the author, would probably agree that the information in this edition is very outdated. Genealogists depend on Internet sources more and more. The amount of useful genealogy information online has probably quadrupled or more since 1997! It’s a whole new world, people. Now, let me tell you about my mom’s cousin’s ex-husband’s grandma…
Submitter: [Found] in a public library. Amazingly, it was checked out as recently as a year ago – I’m not a programmer but I suppose there’s still some valid information in there – still, we have plenty of more current titles on the topic. Time for this one to go! I love the terrible Cheers joke on the cover, especially considering that Cheers was cancelled three years before this book was published. Plus: Netscape! Windows 95! Dial-up! So much to love.
Holly: The Complete Idiot’s series are great, but like anything else they go out of date. Yes, there is probably some usefulness in the book, but if Submitter’s library has current titles on the topic, why are they keeping this?