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Quillen's Essentials of Genealogy series examines one topic per book so you can really go in-depth in the search for your ancestors. "Mastering Online Genealogy" covers the use of computers and the Internet to successfully do your own genealogical research. The book teaches readers about the Internet as an effective genealogical research tool; genealogy databases: what they are, where they are, and how to use them; free genealogy websites: who they are, strengths and weaknesses; subscription services: who they are, what they cost, strengths and weaknesses of each; pitfalls to watch out for, pratfalls to avoid the value of message boards, blogs, etc.; what kind of computer and software to buy. The author also includes genealogy software reviews and a glossary of terms. Quillen's books have been praised by Family Chronicle magazine, Genealogy Today, BellaOnline, and many others.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781593601614
  • Publisher: Cold Spring Press
  • Publication date: 6/12/2012
  • Edition description: Original
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 144
  • Product dimensions: 4.90 (w) x 8.30 (h) x 0.32 (d)

Meet the Author

W. Daniel Quillen is the author of Secrets of Tracing Your Ancestors and The Troubleshooter's Guide to Do-It-Yourself Genealogy. He is the author of the following books in our new Quillen's Essentials of Genealogy series: Mastering Immigration & Naturalization Records,Mastering Census & Military Records, Tracing Your European Roots, and Tracing Your Irish & British Roots. All are published by Cold Spring Press.
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Table of Contents

Introduction 9

1 The Essentials 13

The Basics

Notes

Be Specific

Speed vs Accuracy

Standard Dating Format

The Journey

Research Plan

Don't Procrastinate

Primary and Secondary Sources

Netiquette

Privacy Laws

3 What Computer Shall I Use? 26

Computer Recommendations

Other Costs

4 Searching 34

Search Engines

Boolean Operators

Family Surname Groups

Genealogy Societies

Online Death Certificates

Local Histories

Message Boards

Old Newspapers

Context

Wedding Announcements

Society Pages

Government Efforts to Preserve Old Newspapers

Library of Congress and Inter-library Loan

Old Photographs

Social Security Death Index

Dead-end Websites

5 Free Services 78

Cemetery Websites

Ellis Island

FamilySearch.org

Message Boards

Libraries

USGen Web

RootsWeb

Cyndi's list

6 Subscription Services 96

Ancestry.com

Fold3.com

Genealogy.com

Newspaper Archives

One Great Family

World Vital Records

HeritageQuest

7 Government Records 106

US Censuses

State Censuses

Mortality Schedules

British Records

Immigration and Naturalization Records

Birth, Death and Marriage Records

Military Records

National Archives

Wills & Probate Records

8 Genealogy Software Reviews 136

9 Glossary 138

Index 141

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    Highly Recommended

    There where things in the book that helped me. Thank you

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