Genealogical Research on the Web

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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 (
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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 Figures
Pt. 1 How to Get Started: The Basics of Genealogical Research on the Internet 1
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
How Do I Evaluate Genealogical Data on the Internet and Verify Sources? 18
How Should Librarians and Researchers Conduct a Genealogy Reference Interview? 22
Success Story 1.1 Using Old-Fashioned Research Methods with Web-Based Information Technology 23
Success Story 1.2 The Challenges of Interviewing Genealogical Researchers 30
Pt. 2 How to Find and Use Basic Genealogical Reference and Documentation Tools on the Web 37
The Ten Best Genealogical Reference and Documentation Tools on the Web 37
Success Story 2.1 Using Genealogical Reference Tools on the Web 52
Pt. 3 How to Network with Living Family Members and/or Fellow Genealogical Researchers 79
Finding Your Living Family Members and/or Fellow Genealogical Researchers 79
Using the Internet to Plan Your Genealogical Research Correspondence and Travel 88
Using Courthouses and Other Local Government Documents Archives 100
Using Cemeteries, Churches, and Other Religious Organizations 102
Exploring Special Genealogical Communications Topic: Adoptees and Birth Parent Searches 104
Putting Your Family History Information on the Web - GEDCOM files 105
Success Story 3.1 Pursuing Old Family Stories Through the Web 81
Success Story 3.2 Finding My Cousin and Sharing Our Family History Research Online 82
Success Story 3.3 How the Making of America Project Helped Solve a Family Puzzle 91
Pt. 4 How to Locate International, African American, and Native American Ancestors; Heraldry and Lineage Societies 117
International Genealogical Research 119
African American Genealogical Research 126
Native American Genealogical Research 131
Heraldry 136
Lineage Societies 140
Success Story 4.1 Networking and Data-Sharing with Living Relatives in Europe and the U.S. 143
Success Story 4.2 How African American and Native American Genealogy Researchers Begin with Internet Research Tools 146
Index 185
About the Author 193
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