Ancestor Hunt: Finding Your Family Online

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Have you ever wondered how far back your family's ancestry could be traced? Maybe you're curious about where your great-great grandmother came from? A good way to begin to have these questions answered is to start a family tree. However, with all of the information that is available today, starting a family tree can be a daunting task. In Ancestor Hunt: Finding Your Family Online, author Nancy Shepherdson makes finding your ancestors easy through the use of the Internet. Learn how Web sites, links, listserves, ...
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Overview

Have you ever wondered how far back your family's ancestry could be traced? Maybe you're curious about where your great-great grandmother came from? A good way to begin to have these questions answered is to start a family tree. However, with all of the information that is available today, starting a family tree can be a daunting task. In Ancestor Hunt: Finding Your Family Online, author Nancy Shepherdson makes finding your ancestors easy through the use of the Internet. Learn how Web sites, links, listserves, software, and online family trees can aid you in your search for ancestors living as long ago as two hundred years. Helpful hints throughout the book will assist you in avoiding common mistakes along the way and in-text challenges will ensure that you are searching correctly. A comprehensive glossary is included that defines terms you may encounter while you search online. For further reading and a list of software and video recommendations, online resources, and related organizations are included to enhance your search. Read stories by real people, just like you, as they describe their hunts and successful searches for their ancestors. So, dial up, connect, and get started on your search. Maybe someone famous is hiding in your family tree!
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This book describes the basics of genealogy, including how to get started, family interviews, online resources, and recordkeeping strategies. Shepherdson guides the reader through beginning genealogy in a relaxed, conversational manner that teens will enjoy. This book treats genealogical research as a treasure hunt, encouraging teens to become explorers in search of their family history. Shepherdson uses quotes and examples from real teen genealogists throughout the book, a technique that a young adult audience will appreciate. She walks readers through each step of the genealogical process, detailing everything from how to interview your grandmother to downloading software. The directions are clear and precise without being boring or preachy. One of the best aspects of this book is the companion Web site. There is a section called Chapter Links where the Web sites from each chapter are linked in the order in which they were mentioned. Anyone using this book can simply use the Web site as a jumping off point for reaching any link suggested by the author. All the links are live at press time and easy to use. Shepherdson also emphasizes the value of information sources beyond the Internet. She gives methods for finding birth certificates, wills, marriage licenses, and other information that can help readers piece together their ancestry. Each chapter has a fun challenge at the end that encourages the teen to try out the information just learned. Any teen interested in family history will find this book to be both useful and enjoyable. VOYA Codes 4Q 4P S (Better than most, marred only by occasional lapses; Broad general YA appeal; Senior High, defined as grades 10 to 12). 2003, FranklinWatts, ; Index. Illus. Maps. Biblio., Ages 15 to 18.
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Gr 7 Up-This guide to genealogy and family history covers the basics, such as oral interviews and courthouse records, but emphasizes online sources and activities. There are chapters on Internet searching, e-mail and message boards, and creating a family-history home page. However, the presentation is visually unappealing, wordy, and often too vague and impractical for beginners. Shepherdson doesn't spend enough time on laying the groundwork and creating a plan before branching off into "fun," sometimes extraneous or highly complex material. There's no mention of such fundamentals as primary and secondary sources, maternal and paternal lines, gazetteers, city directories, or including a SASE with mail queries. The text is also written in an annoyingly cute style. Younger readers can use Ira Wolfman's outstanding Climbing Your Family Tree (Workman, 2002), which is colorful, concise, clear, and enthusiastic without being affected. Older readers can turn directly to Ellen Galford's The Genealogy Handbook (Reader's Digest, 2001) and Barbara Renick's Genealogy 101 (Rutledge Hill, 2003), while Pat Richley's The Everything Online Genealogy Book (Adams Media, 2000) and Matthew Helm and April Leigh Helm's Genealogy Online for Dummies (IDG, 2001) specialize in family history on the Web.-Ann W. Moore, Schenectady County Public Library, NY Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.
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  • ISBN-13: 9780531154540
  • Publisher: Children's Press(CT)
  • Publication date: 9/1/2003
  • Series: Single Title: Social Studies
  • Pages: 144
  • Age range: 12 - 17 Years
  • Product dimensions: 6.10 (w) x 9.44 (h) x 0.62 (d)

Table of Contents

Chapter 1 The Ancestry Mystery: Are You Related to Someone Famous? 11
Chapter 2 Collecting Clues: What Does Your Family Say? 23
Chapter 3 Get a Net: Is Great-Great-Grandmother Hiding Online? 37
Chapter 4 Tell the World: You've Got Mail! 50
Chapter 5 Tracking Ancestors: Where Did They Come From? 60
Chapter 6 The Value of Offline Searching: Digging for Proof 74
Chapter 7 Were Your Ancestors Soldiers, Farmers, Rich? Finding the Threads of Their Lives 89
Chapter 8 Share It! Your Family History Home Page 109
Chapter 9 Happy Trails! Having Fun with Your Ancestors 120
Appendix A 127
Appendix B 128
Glossary 129
Bibliography 132
For Further Reading 134
Index 141
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