"Who Do You Think You Are?: The Essential Guide to Tracing Your Family History, a Companion to the NBC Series” (Viking, $24.95) by Megan Smolenyak is a delightful book to read and ponder.
Smolenyak, a professional genealogist, writes in a lively way that captures the interest of the reader and makes genealogy fun. This book is connected with the NBC television series "Who Do You Think You Are?,” which features some celebrities searching for their family history. A centerfold area discusses connections to the TV series, but most of the book is devoted to helping the reader search for his or her ancestors. Smolenyak is thorough in her presentations. She presents several possible Internet sites that are free and some that charge a fee. She shows high and low points of each site. She also presents non-Internet places to go for genealogical records but highly recommends using the Internet since there is so much available. Her presentations are enlivened by stories from her life, which make the book entertaining as well as practical. — Benet Exton