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An award for Genealogy Basics In 30 Minutes

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shannon combs-bennett genealogy basics ben franklin silver April 2017 640x427Earlier this month I flew to Portland, Oregon to attend the Independent Book Publishers Association’s annual conference, Publishing University. I have attended in the past, but this time was special: In 30 Minutes guides was picking up an award for Genealogy Basics In 30 Minutes, by author Shannon Combs-Bennett!

IBPA’s Benjamin Franklin awards are well-known in the independent publishing community. Submissions are judged by multiple people according to very specific criteria, and the competition is fierce: This year, there were 1,300 submissions across several dozen categories. Genealogy Basics In 30 Minutes was one of only three titles to make it to the final round in its category (crafts & hobbies) and we were very happy to be awarded a silver Benjamin Franklin award (congratulations to the gold winner in our category, Bricks, Cobblestones and Pebbles: A Path to Modern Quilts by author Gyleen X. Fitzgerald, as well as the other finalist, Building Block Dress: A Sewing Pattern Alteration Guide by author Liesl Gibson).

Shannon and a friend joined me at the awards ceremony–it was actually the first time I had ever met her in person–and we really had a great time talking about genealogy, history, and some favorite historical dramas.

Congratulations to Shannon for all of her hard work in preparing a draft, rewriting the draft, providing materials, and answering questions from me and the copy editor. The guide has been a great help to many readers (including one as far away as Australia!) and it made me proud to see her accepting the Ben Franklin award.

Early reviews of Genealogy Basics In 30 Minutes

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Genealogy Basics In 30 Minutes was published this week, and already reviews are starting to roll in! Here’s what people are saying:

“… As a professional genealogist myself, I’ll admit I am not a member of the target audience for this book; however, I was pleasantly surprised to find it to be a very helpful perspective nevertheless. Although avid genealogists are often approached by those who are interested in getting started with their own research, it can be difficult to remember what it felt like to be at square one! Thankfully, Genealogy Basics in 30 Minutes allows even the experienced genealogist to mentally return to that point when record sets were unfamiliar and source citations were a new concept, in order to be able to be helpful and encouraging to the beginning genealogist – without being overwhelming. And, if you are a budding genealogist yourself, Genealogy Basics in 30 Minutes will be sure to set you up for success with its down-to-earth approach.”

– Melanie Frick, Amazon

“… This basic genealogy book is a fast, informative read that will get you on your way if you are ready to begin your genealogy journey or are looking for tips to jump start or push past a problem area. …”

– Cheri Hudson Passet, Carolina Girl Genealogy

“… I totally agree that you have to get your basics down first, or you don’t have a foundation on which to build your tree. I got so into researching family that lived hundreds of years ago, and then one day realized I didn’t even know all of my living cousins’ names. Not only is the process presented in a way that all will understand, there are links to very helpful websites and even etiquette about approaching family and family members who are not known to you. So important. I recommend this book to anyone who is thinking of researching genealogy and those who have been at it for a while. There are so many good reminders, chart options, and probably a few new tips that you haven’t even heard about. …”

– Pamela Robinson, Night Owl Reviews

“… The biggest thing was it was written in a way it felt like the author was speaking directly to me, rather than other books I have read on this subject that felt like I was in an auditorium and I was one of a hundred. The personal one-on-one feel and the obvious hard work and dedication it took to boil down a lot of research into such a small book and still make it readable are the two reasons I give this book such a high rating. Recommended.”

– Corkasaurus, Amazon

Disclosure: All of the reviewers listed above received an advance review copy prior to publication. In addition, the first two reviewers knew or knew of author Shannon Combs-Bennett prior to reading the book — all three are experienced genealogists.