. . . Pennavaria’s choice of topics, her logical arrangement, and clear writing make this work a welcome addition to the field. In a conversational, easy-to-understand style, the author introduces general genealogical topics before progressing to more difficult concepts.
An excellent genealogical guide for beginners in the field, but the title should not mislead advanced and even expert genealogists into ignoring this book because they too can find a lot of material to spark their interest . . . [Pennavaria] gives an accurate description of the massive difficulties faced by most immigrants, the vast majority of whom sailed in steerage on ships under challenging health conditions. In addition, Pennavaria provides practical and systematic advice on how to start a research project into family history and into how to organize, preserve and share results with others.