Book Review: How to Get More Family Tree Time
How to Get More Family Tree Time
AUTHOR: Megan Gibson
PUBLISHER: Words for You
GENRE: Genealogy, Family History
NUMBER OF PAGES: 115 pages
PUBLICATION DATE: September 2010
Megan Gibson is a freelance researcher who undertook research for the Australian ‘Who Do You Think You Are?’ Series. She is also a published writer, editor for magazines, and guest speaker. The skills she has acquired in these rolls led her to create her website Family Tree Time and write ‘How to Get More Family Tree Time – Tips for the Time Poor!’1
How to get more family tree time’ is a book for anyone who doesn’t have enough time to research their family tree. As a freelance researcher for episodes of the hit TV show ‘Who Do You Think You Are?’ and other clients, Megan Gibson works fast and smart to build, explore and be fascinated by the family trees of famous and not so famous Australians. Now she shares her timesaving tips with you in this unique 3-books-in-1.2
Chapter 1 – Setting up (or reorganising) your Family Tree Time Headquarters (HQ) – Space, Time, and Systems
Chapter 2 – Information Gathering – Unleash your Inner Timesaving Detective
Chapter 3 – Untangling the Web – The internet: make a potential time waster a timesaver
Chapter 4 – Getting ready to go out – Do your research before you do your research!
Chapter 5 – Getting out and about and back again – Move AWAY from the desk!
‘Practical Time’ Index
Book Overview and Discussion
‘How to Get More Family Tree Time’ is a great resource for the family historian. Megan was a research for the Australian ‘Who Do You Think You Are?’ television series. This show has been running since 2008 and showcases family history of celebrities.
This short book offers 50 Tips to get more time to spend on your genealogy research. It is broken into 5 chapters with 10 tips relevant to each chapter.
Megan provides links to resources on her Family Tree Time Website but many cannot be found and the site does not appear to have been updated since 2014. However, I believe the book provides enough information for people to design their own forms or checklist to print out.
This book is a great read with some valuable to tips to manage your genealogy time. Unfortunately, her website does not appear to have been updated since 2014 and after time spent researching I have been unable to establish why. However, if you are able to source a copy of this book I know you will find some great tips.
Personally, I will be using a number of her tips to use my genealogy research time more productively. This book may be small but is packed full of ideas of ways to build more time into your genealogy research. It is available at many libraries around Australia that can be identified on the National Library of Australia Trove website.
Find some great websites that will help you build a better picture of your ancestors. Do you have some tips on getting more time to spend on your genealogy research? Share your ideas in the comments below.
1. Unlock the Past, Family Tree Time, http://www.unlockthepast.com.au/directory/family-tree-time, Accessed 11 May 2018.
- 2. National Library of Australia, Trove, ‘How to get more family tree time by Megan Gibson’, https://trove.nla.gov.au/work/37679396?q&versionId=49305620, Accessed 11 May 2018.
- a. Wikipedia, ‘Who Do You Think You Are’, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Who_Do_You_Think_You_Are%3F_(UK_TV_series)#/media/File:Whodoyouthinkyouarelogo.JPG, Accessed 11 May 2018.