The Complete Beginner's Guide to Genealogy, the Internet, and Your Genealogy Computer Program

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The modern world of genealogy combines the traditional methods of research with the awesome power of computers and the Internet, a combination so powerful that it has transformed the way we do genealogy. The purpose of this book, therefore, is to train the researcher in this new methodology, tying the fundamentals of genealogical research to the infrastructure of computers and web sites. In other words, it is a manual for modern genealogy--designed for the beginner but useful ...
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Overview

The modern world of genealogy combines the traditional methods of research with the awesome power of computers and the Internet, a combination so powerful that it has transformed the way we do genealogy. The purpose of this book, therefore, is to train the researcher in this new methodology, tying the fundamentals of genealogical research to the infrastructure of computers and web sites. In other words, it is a manual for modern genealogy--designed for the beginner but useful even to the most seasoned researcher.

With our growing reliance on electronic databases, computer programs, and Internet resources, genealogical research, for all practical purposes, will never be the same. And yet in many respects it will be the same, for the principles of sound genealogical research are immutable, and this book shows how to combine traditional research methods in the National Archives, the LDS Family History Library, and other major resource centers with today's technology; how to conduct research in courthouse records, censuses, and vital records using techniques unheard of just a decade ago. It shows you how to get started in your family history research; how to organize your family papers; how to enter information into a genealogy computer program so that you can easily manage, store, and retrieve your data; how to analyze the data and place it in various tables, charts, and forms; and how to put together a family history notebook--all the while using conventional records sources with a modern search and retrieval system.

Furthermore, the book contains guidelines for using public libraries, courthouses, and archives. It also explains how to use LDS Family History Centers and the Regional Records Services Facilities of the National Archives, and it provides a step-by-step guide for using the records in each facility, including background information showing how to obtain vital, probate, military, immigration, and census records--all carefully coordinated with the ever-present backdrop of computers and the Internet.

Mrs. Clifford's new book is also designed as an instructional manual, and each chapter of the book is a self-contained teaching module containing the following elements.:

  • The main body of the text provides instruction supported by illustrations, charts, and examples.
  • AYour Turn@ activities serve as prompts, asking the reader to apply the instruction to his or her own research needs.
  • Chapter assignments serve as review and comprehension checks.
  • Computer checklists give the reader hands-on experience with his or her own genealogy computer program.
  • Web site addresses listed at the end of each chapter guide the reader to valuable Internet resources related to the topics.
  • Entries in chapter bibliographies serve as resources for further study.

About the Author
Karen Clifford is an Accredited Genealogist and the president and CEO of Genealogy Research Associates, Inc., with offices in Monterey, California and Salt Lake City, Utah. She is an instructor in genealogy and computer classes at Monterey Peninsula College, California, and is the author of four college textbooks on genealogy and credentialing in genealogy. In addition, she is president of the Utah Genealogical Association, a member of the Board of Directors of the Federation of Genealogical Societies, and course coordinator of the Salt Lake Institute of Genealogy.

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Editorial Reviews

Library Journal
As the title indicates, Clifford strives to cover all things genealogical in this fact-filled workbook. Heavily illustrated with charts, maps, reproducible forms, word definitions, and as-you-go assignments, her book assumes that the reader is beginning genealogy research in general while learning to use a genealogy computer program. But you don't have to have a genealogy program at hand to use this book successfully, for all readers can benefit from Clifford's objectives: to set goals, apply proper research skills, employ critical analysis, thoroughly document findings, and avoid "skipping" generations. Clifford (Becoming an Accredited Genealogist, Ancestry, 1998) offers straightforward discussions of terms, types of records, and major repositories of genealogy materials. For the various records and methods of investigation, she ties in suggestions for incorporating data into a genealogy program. Each chapter ends with brief assignments, URLs, and a bibliography. Her chapters on the Latter Day Saints' (LDS) Family History Library, local family history centers, and their various databases may provide insights to even experienced researchers. Two appendixes (on the Internet and reproducible forms) complete the book. Clifford's work compares to Emily Croom's Unpuzzling Your Past (Betterway, 1995) in its approach to genealogy basics but covers LDS resources in much greater depth. For a more thorough introduction to genealogy research on the Internet, however, readers might try Rhonda McClure's Complete Idiot's Guide to Online Genealogy (Alpha, 2000). Clifford is president of Genealogy Research Associates, Inc., whose web site is referred to throughout. Recommended for public libraries.--Elaine M. Kuhn, Allen Cty. P.L., Ft. Wayne, IN Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.
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With bases in Salt Lake City and Monterey, California, Clifford (genealogy and computers, Monterey Peninsula College) provides a manual on using the modern tools available to chart family histories. She explains that while electronic databases, computer programs, and Internet resources have changed the field radically, the research principles remain those that have been established over centuries. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Karen Clifford is a renowned professional genealogist and instructor who brings to bear her considerable expertise in The Complete Beginner's Guide To Genealogy, The Internet, And Your Genealogy Computer Program, an indispensable manual for modern genealogy designed for the beginner but replete with useful information and advice for even the most experienced and seasoned genealogist. This superbly presented instruction and reference book is an essential, core title for any personal, professional, academic, or genealogical society collection.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780806316369
  • Publisher: Genealogical Publishing Company, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 9/5/2000
  • Pages: 364
  • Product dimensions: 0.75 (w) x 11.00 (h) x 8.25 (d)

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