The Genealogist's Internet: The Essential Guide to Researching Your Family History Online [NOOK Book]


This practical guide identifies the major websites and online sources of data available to family historians. It is ideal for both beginners and more experienced researchers as it explores the most useful sources and helps readers to navigate each one. The Genealogist's Internet features fully updated URLs and all of the recent developments in online genealogy.

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This practical guide identifies the major websites and online sources of data available to family historians. It is ideal for both beginners and more experienced researchers as it explores the most useful sources and helps readers to navigate each one. The Genealogist's Internet features fully updated URLs and all of the recent developments in online genealogy.

This fully updated fifth edition, endorsed by the National Archives, is the comprehensive guide for anyone researching their family history online. It covers:

·Online census records and wills, including the 1911 Census
·Civil registration indexes
·Information on occupations and professions
·DNA matching
·New genealogy websites and search engines
·Surname studies
·Passenger lists and migration records
·Information on digitised historical maps and photographs

This book also includes the impact of blogging, podcasting and social networking on family history research, allowing family historians to find others with similar research interests and to share their results. Whether you want to put your family tree online, find distant relatives or access the numerous online genealogical forums, discussion groups and mailing lists, this book is a must-have.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781408171165
  • Publication date: 6/21/2012
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 416
  • Sales rank: 1,194,099
  • File size: 13 MB
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Meet the Author

Peter Christian is highly regarded in the world of online genealogy. He is a Fellow of the Society of Genealogists and former editor of Computers in Genealogy magazine, his recent publications include Census - The Expert Guide (co-written with David Annal), published by The National Archives.
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Table of Contents

Preface xii

Web addresses xii

Disappearing resources xiv

What's new in this edition xv

Acknowledgments xvii

1 Introduction 1

Genealogy and the internet 1

Offline genealogy 2

History 4

2 First Steps 6

Beginners' guides 6

Online lectures 12

Getting help 14

Genealogical terms and abbreviations 15

3 Online Starting Points 17

The British Isles 18

General genealogical gateways 24

4 Using Online Sources 28

Approaches to digitization 28

Indexes, transcriptions and images 30

Quality issues 31

Searching online records 38

FamilySearch 41

The commercial data services 45

Document services 58

Image formats and viewers 59

Which data service 63

Common problems 64

5 Civil Registration 67

England and Wales 67

Scotland 77

Ireland 79

Offshore 82

Certificate exchanges 83

Overseas 83

6 Census 84

General information 85

Digitizing census records 86

Free census indexes 86

The commercial services 89

Ireland 94

Overseas 97

7 Church Records 98

Parish churches 99

FamilySearch 100

Other free collections 103

Local resources 103

Commercial data services 105

Scotland 106

Ireland 107

The Roman Catholic Church 108

Nonconformist churches 109

Municipal burials and cremations 111

Monumental inscriptions 112

8 Property, Taxation and the Law 114

Wills 115

Land and taxation 119

Crime 124

Civil courts 126

Church courts 128

9 Occupations 129

Occupational terms 129

General information 132

Individual industries and occupations 134

The learned professions 138

Company records 144

Trade unions 145

10 The Armed Forces 147

General information 147

The Royal Navy and merchant navy 149

The army 153

The Royal Air Force 156

Medals 157

Commemoration 159

11 Migration and Colonies 165

Passenger lists 167

The Americas 169

Australasia 171

Africa and the Caribbean 174

India 177

European immigration 179

12 Print Sources 184

Books 184

Electoral records 187

Directories 189

Newspapers 193

13 Archives and Libraries 204

Gateways to archives 205

The National Register of Archives 207

National archives 208

The Discovery service 210

Other catalogues 213

The national libraries 216

County record offices 217

Public libraries 217

University libraries 219

Family History Centers and the Family History Library 220

The Society of Genealogists 222

Beyond the British Isles 223

14 Surnames, Pedigrees and Families 224

Surnames interests 224

Pedigree databases 230

Genetics and DNA testing 239

Royal, noble and notable families 241

Locating living people 247

15 Geography 253

Gazetteers 253

Modem maps 261

Historical maps 264

Map collections 274

Finding maps 274

Interactive mapping 275

16 History 277

General resources 277

Local history 278

Social history 282

Names 284

Understanding old documents 289

17 Photographs 299

National collections 299

Regional and local collections 302

Specialist collections 305

Commercial photographers 308

Professional photographers 309

Film and video 310

Dating, preservation, restoration 311

Photo sharing 313

18 Discussion Forums 316

Mailing lists 316

Web forums 324

Social networking 326

Netiquette 327

Starting your own discussion group 329

Which discussion group? 330

19 Search Engines 331

Using a search engine 333

Formulating your search 334

Refining your search 341

Search tips 342

Searching for files 343

Sites and domains 345

Limitations 346

The 'invisible web' 347

Choosing a search engine 347

Genealogy search tools 351

Further information 352

20 Publishing Your Family History Online 353

Publishing options 353

Family trees for the web 356

Web publishing basics 359

Software 364

Uploading your website 372

Publicity 372

Preserving your family history 374

Help and advice 375

21 The World of Family History 377

Societies and organizations 377

Events 378

Courses 379

Magazines and journals 381

News 382

Software 387

Online shops 389

Professional researchers 391

Lookup services 392

Activism 393

22 Issues for Online Genealogists 396

Good practice 396

Using online information 397

Quality concerns 398

Paying for records 399

Copyright 402

Privacy 403

Finding material 405

Longevity 406

Outlook 408

Internet glossary 409

Bibliography 412

Index 413

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