Genealogical Research on the Web

Genealogical Research on the Web

by Diane K. Kovacs
     
 

ISBN-10: 1555704301

ISBN-13: 9781555704308

Pub. Date: 12/28/2001

Publisher: Neal-Schuman Publishers

Kovacs, a Web training consultant and former academic reference librarian, began teaching workshops on Net-based genealogical research in 1996. Her guide is intended both for beginners and for professionals (public and academic librarians, archivists) who help others with genealogical research. Sections include genealogical research basics; the 10 best reference tools

Overview

Kovacs, a Web training consultant and former academic reference librarian, began teaching workshops on Net-based genealogical research in 1996. Her guide is intended both for beginners and for professionals (public and academic librarians, archivists) who help others with genealogical research. Sections include genealogical research basics; the 10 best reference tools online, some government- based and some commercial; fundamentals of networking with family members and other researchers; and an annotated webliography. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781555704308
Publisher:
Neal-Schuman Publishers
Publication date:
12/28/2001
Series:
Neal-Schuman Netguide Series
Pages:
193
Product dimensions:
8.40(w) x 11.00(h) x 0.60(d)

Table of Contents

List of Figuresix
Forewordxi
Acknowledgmentsxiii
Prefacexv
Part 1.How to Get Started: The Basics of Genealogical Research on the Internet1
What Is Genealogical and Family History Research?1
Why Do People Do Genealogical Research?4
How Does the Internet Support Genealogical Research?4
Are There Things the Internet Cannot Do for the Genealogical Researcher?7
What Hardware and Software Do I Need to Get Started?8
How Do I Begin a Genealogical Research Project on the Internet?8
Understanding Documentation and Verification of Sources11
How Do I Evaluate Genealogical Data on the Internet and Verify Sources?18
How Should Librarians and Researchers Conduct a Genealogy Reference Interview?22
References31
Success Story 1.1Using Old-Fashioned Research Methods with Web-Based Information Technology23
Success Story 1.2The Challenges of Interviewing Genealogical Researchers30
Activity 1.1Beginning a Family History Project32
Activity 1.2Establishing What You Know and What You Need to Know About Your Family33
Activity 1.3Evaluating Genealogical Data Published on the Internet and Verifying Sources35
Part 2.How to Find and Use Basic Genealogical Reference and Documentation Tools on the Web37
The Ten Best Genealogical Reference and Documentation Tools on the Web37
1.Social Security Death Records (various Web sites)45
2.Vital Records Information for All States and Territories of the United States and International50
3.FamilySearch51
4.American Family Immigration History Center54
5.RootsWeb Genealogical Data Cooperative56
6.USGenWeb Project58
7.Ancestry.com60
8.GENDEX - WWW Genealogical Index61
9.Cyndi's Genealogy Homepage62
10.NARA National Archives and Records Administration Genealogy Page63
Other Useful Genealogical Reference Sites63
References65
Success Story 2.1Using Genealogical Reference Tools on the Web52
Activity 2.1Identifying Recent Ancestors in the Social Security Death Master File Indexes at Ancestry.Com and RootsWeb67
Activity 2.2Locating Vital Records Information for All States and Territories of the United States, Canada, and Other International69
Activity 2.3Searching the FamilySearch and American Family Immigration History Center Databases70
Activity 2.4Using and Comparing the RootsWeb, Cyndi's List, and the SurnameWeb Metasites72
Activity 2.5Exploring The USGenWeb Project74
Activity 2.6Comparing Ancestry.com and FamilyTreeMaker.com75
Activity 2.7Locating A Family Name in the GENDEX--Index to Family History Web Pages and the RootsWeb World Connect Database76
Activity 2.8Browsing the United States Historical Census Data Browser77
Part 3.How to Network with Living Family Members and/or Fellow Genealogical Researchers79
Finding Your Living Family Members and/or Fellow Genealogical Researchers79
Exploring Genealogical Discussion Lists, Newsgroups, Web Boards, and Chats83
Using E-mail to Communicate, Netiquette, and Asking the Right Questions83
Communicating with Your Non-Internet Connected Family Members87
Using the Internet to Plan Your Genealogical Research Correspondence and Travel88
Genealogical and Historical Societies and Organizations88
Libraries, Archives, Museums, and Monuments90
E-Archives92
Library and Archives Web Sites93
NARA National Archives and Records Administration96
Using Courthouses and Other Local Government Documents Archives100
Using Cemeteries, Churches, and Other Religious
Organizations102
Travel Resources103
Exploring Special Genealogical Communications Topic: Adoptees and Birth Parent Searches104
Putting Your Family History Information on the Web--GEDCOM files105
References109
Success Story 3.1Pursuing Old Family Stories Through the Web81
Success Story 3.2Finding My Cousin and Sharing Our Family History Research Online82
Success Story 3.3How the Making of America Project Helped Solve a Family Puzzle91
Activity 3.1Interviewing the Family110
Activity 3.2Finding Family Members and/or Fellow Genealogical Researchers111
Activity 3.3Learning from the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) Genealogy Page and the NARA Archival Information Locator (NAIL)113
Activity 3.4Researching with the Making of America Project--University of Michigan and Cornell University115
Part 4.How to Locate International, African American, and Native American Ancestors; Heraldry and Lineage Societies117
International Genealogical Research119
African American Genealogical Research126
Native American Genealogical Research131
Heraldry136
Lineage Societies140
References142
Success Story 4.1Networking and Data-Sharing with Living Relatives in Europe and the U.S.143
Success Story 4.2How African American and Native American Genealogy Researchers Begin with Internet Research Tools146
Activity 4.1Locating Internet Resources for International Genealogical Research147
Activity 4.2Researching African American Genealogy on the Internet149
Activity 4.3Using the NARA Web Site and Other Internet Resources for Native American Genealogical Research151
Activity 4.4Learning about Heraldry and Lineage Societies on the Internet153
Sources155
The Internet Genealogy Ready-Reference E-Library157
More Readings about Genealogical Research on the Internet175
Glossary of Genealogy and Internet Terms179
Index185
About the Author193

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