Finding Anyone, Anywhere, Anywhen


A lot has happened in the four years since this book was first released. This second edition of Finding Anyone, Anywhere, Anywhen has been fully revised and updated to include new or changed websites, to delete dead sites and to provide new tips on using the Internet to locate people.

The Internet is the most powerful research tool available today, but there are tricks to using it to its full potential. Noel Montgomery Elliot reveals what he's learned over his 35 years of ...

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A lot has happened in the four years since this book was first released. This second edition of Finding Anyone, Anywhere, Anywhen has been fully revised and updated to include new or changed websites, to delete dead sites and to provide new tips on using the Internet to locate people.

The Internet is the most powerful research tool available today, but there are tricks to using it to its full potential. Noel Montgomery Elliot reveals what he's learned over his 35 years of research experience, including the most common mistakes people make when trying to locate ancestors who lived a century or more ago. He reveals how the little-known science called onomatology is one of the keys to unlocking genealogical research in the distant past, and he shows how easy it is to open the door.

Whether searching for ancestors or descendents, or just looking to get in touch with friends from years ago, this is the definitive how-to research handbook. Finding Anyone, Anywhere, Anywhen is an exciting read about what is possible now and what will soon be available to those willing to surf on the cutting edge of technology.

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Editorial Reviews

This guide for general readers focuses on techniques for finding information online on ancestors from 100 or more years ago, but also gives tips on finding people alive now. Early chapters review human history and the history of the Internet and its search engines. Subsequent chapters cover genealogical techniques, commercial genealogical databases, free genealogical web sites, digital newspaper indexes, how to understand genealogical information, and finding people in the present. The book contains a directory of web sites in 200 countries, as well as web sites related to religious and ethnic groups.
The Tennessee Genealogicial Socie Ansearch's News
No matter who you are looking for, this book is a definitive guidebook for surfing the internet... If you would like to have a source for keeping the most used websites at your fingertips, this is the guide to obtain.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781554074709
  • Publisher: Firefly Books, Limited
  • Publication date: 2/1/2009
  • Edition description: Revised and Expanded
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 320
  • Sales rank: 990,895
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 8.80 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Meet the Author

Noel Montgomery Elliot is director of research for The Genealogical Research Library and a director of the largest genealogy website in Canada. He is the author of several multivolume genealogy publications for the years 1600-1900.

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Table of Contents

Table of Contents


Our Hidden History

The Internet Unfolds

Finding People in the Past

The Lost Genealogies

Finding People in the Present

The Future Internet

Worldwide Website Directory


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In the beginning, our ancient ancestors created artwork and text, pictographs and hieroglyphics, and each created work was an original.

With the invention of the printing press, mass production of copies of any original work became possible. Creativity exploded worldwide. As costs came down, the ability of people to share art and printed communication created a virtual torrent of knowledge and information.

It is always the creativity of individuals — inventors, innovators and visionaries — that leads the way.

The invention of radio and television created instantaneous mass communication. Each broadcast meant that anyone with a receiver would receive a simultaneous copy of the original work. Recording devices allowed copies to be literally frozen in time, for later playback.

In 1958, Jack St. Clair Kilby invented the integrated electronic circuit, or microchip. His invention paved the way for the miniaturization of computers and the birth of the Internet. Once again, another creative individual influenced and changed the world.

And so it was with the invention of the popular personal computer or PC. The Apple computer, one popular example, was born in 1775. Two teenagers in California were largely responsible for its success.

The Apple was designed by Steve Wozniak to demonstrate to his local computer club, and when a store ordered 50 of them, he and his friend, Steve Jobs, began production. The Apple II and its clones revolutionized the lives of millions of people throughout the United States and Canada.

The low price of PCs brought them within reach of highly creative and talented young people in their teens and twenties. For the first time, the power previously available only to multinational corporations and governments was suddenly available to the public.

Apple computer clubs swept the continent. Here, in monthly meetings, computer enthusiasts could meet to excitedly discuss new ideas and try out new experiments and programs.

Still, one thing was missing. And that missing something created a truly formidable challenge.

These avid computer club enthusiasts and other PC users wanted to go far beyond their local clubs and neighborhoods. They wanted nothing less than to be able to communicate globally, and exchange ideas with other young people all over the world.

To do this, they needed to cross language and geographical barriers, and political boundaries. It also had to be free, or almost free. How on earth could all these creative people—potentially millions of people scattered around the globe—share information and communicate with each other?

A large part of the answer came during a remarkable four-year period, from
1991 to 1994. A visionary scientist named Tim Berners-Lee, working in Geneva, Switzerland, created a shared information space which allowed communication among a group of research scientists. These scientists needed the ability to retrieve information regardless of the variety of computer platforms that were in use at the time.

Berners-Lee's real intent, however, even in his first proposal in 1989, went far beyond the needs of the physicists he worked with. He envisioned nothing less than a worldwide communication system for public use. And from 1995 onwards, the World Wide Web literally skyrocketed in popularity.

True, there were many Internet protocols being developed as early as the late 1960s, particularly by the U.S. military, and small nets were being used at an early date. It was the public's demand, however, that exploded the Internet into the real global phenomenon it has now become.

Today, the distinction has become blurred between the Internet and the World Wide Web (www). In this book I will often use the words interchangeably, but generally speaking, the word Internet will always include the World Wide Web.

The idea of retrieving information was paramount for the scientists in Switzerland when the World Wide Web was born, and it is still paramount. Remember this: everything that we call human history is simply what individuals have done, whether they acted alone or in a group. And retrieving information about individuals, precisely and accurately, is what this book is all about.

The Internet opened up tremendous resources that are extending deep within all fields of knowledge. The most remote details from the ancient past are coming alive at an unbelievable rate. New discoveries in the present are being added as they occur. Timelines become blurred: the first part of this sentence is already in the past.

New information is accumulating at a stupendous rate. It cannot be fathomed by anyone person. It is unprecedented. Nobody, not even governments, can stay on top of it.

Every day hundreds of millions of new facts become available. Those who delve too deeply into the information world find themselves speaking of a new disease — information overload.

This book is designed to provide you with the specific techniques that allow you to find and identify almost any individual, whether that person lived a hundred years ago, a thousand years ago, or even if that person is alive and living in our world today. This book will also provide you with the tools you need for navigation as the Internet unfolds.

You will also be sharing a vision of where the information highway is heading, what type of traffic it will have in the future and why. To clearly see that future vision, we must first explore some unknown ancient history about ourselves.

This ancient history is quite well hidden. It is unknown to the vast majority of people in the world today. That, however, is all about to change.

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