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The internet is proving an invaluable resource for anyone researching a family tree, but the sheer volume of information can be intimidating. This much-expanded second edition of the best-selling The Genealogist's Internet contains everything you need to know about family history on the internet. It describes: on-line records and web sites of national and local archives in the UK and Ireland, on-line historical and geographical resources of interest to family historians, services provided by genealogical organisations via the internet, how to use mailing lists and newsgroups to find advice and others who share your interests, how to locate genealogical information on-line, how to publish your own family history on the Web. The book also contains a wealth of new material, including recent developments in on-line services in key areas such as censuses, wills, births, marriages and deaths records; historical maps; immigrant communities; and standards for on-line purchasing. The Genealogist's Internet is the essential comprehensive guide to the internet's resources for all family historians with roots in the UK and Ireland.
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  • ISBN-13: 9781903365465
  • Publisher: National Archives (PRO), The
  • Publication date: 1/1/2003
  • Edition description: REV
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 256

Meet the Author

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

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Table of Contents

Preface ix
Citing internet addresses ix
Disappearing resources x
What's new in this edition x
Acknowledgements xi
1 Introduction 1
Genealogy and the internet 1
Off-line genealogy 2
History 3
2 First Steps 5
Tutorials 6
Getting help 10
Genealogical terms and abbreviations 11
3 On-line Starting Points 13
The British Isles 14
General genealogy gateways 21
Specialist gateways 27
General directories 27
4 Using On-line Sources 30
Images, transcripts and indexes 31
Payment systems 32
Major data collections 33
Common problems 43
5 On-line Sources: Civil Registration 46
England and Wales 46
Scotland 55
Ireland 57
Offshore 58
Overseas 58
6 On-line Sources: Census 60
General information 60
1901 Census for England & Wales 61
Other censuses 66
Census extracts 68
Scotland 69
Ireland 69
Overseas 70
7 On-line Sources: Parish Registers 71
FamilySearch 72
FamilyHistoryOnline 75
FreeReg 75
Marriage Witness Index 75
Scotland 76
Ireland 76
Other indexes 77
8 Other Records On-line 78
Wills 78
Cemeteries and monumental inscriptions 81
Property records 85
Newspapers 86
Directories 89
9 Archives and Libraries 92
Guides to archives 92
National archives 95
The national libraries 102
County record offices 103
Public libraries 104
University libraries 106
Family History Centres 107
The Society of Genealogists 108
Beyond the British Isles 110
Future developments 110
10 Surname Interests and Pedigrees 111
Surname interests 111
Pedigree databases 117
Locating people 124
11 Social Groups 127
Churches and clergy 127
Occupations 130
Crime and punishment 133
The armed forces 134
Colonies and migration 141
Royal and notable families 152
12 Geography 156
Gazetteers 156
Present-day maps 158
Historical maps 160
Map collections 163
Streets and street names 164
The counties 165
13 History 166
Local and social history 166
Names 171
Understanding old documents 174
14 Photographs 181
National collections 181
Local collections 182
Personal sites 184
Commercial photographs 184
Portraits 185
Dating, preservation, restoration 186
15 Discussion Forums 187
Mailing lists 187
Newsgroups 196
Web forums 205
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) 207
Netiquette 208
Asking questions 211
Starting your own discussion group 212
Which discussion group? 213
16 Search Engines 215
Using a search engine 217
Formulating your search 219
Refining your search 224
Search tips 225
Searching for files 226
Limitations 227
Choosing a search engine 229
Meta-search engines 232
Search software 234
Genealogy search tools 235
Tutorials 235
17 Publishing Your Family History On-line 237
Publishing options 237
Family trees for the Web 239
Web publishing basics 241
Software 246
Web site design 254
Uploading your web site 257
Publicity 258
Preserving your family history 260
Further information 260
18 The World of Family History 262
Societies and organisations 262
Events 263
Print magazines and journals 263
On-line publications 264
Software 266
On-line shops 267
Professional researchers 271
Lookup services 272
19 Issues for On-line Genealogists 273
Good practice 273
Using on-line information 275
Copyright 276
Privacy 277
Digitisation 277
Data services 278
'Shy' data 279
Finding material 280
Looking ahead 280
Internet Glossary 282
Bibliography 285
Index 286
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