Your Official America Online Guide to Genealogy: 2nd Edition

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Overview

Your Official America Online® Guide to Genealogy Online 2nd Edition Includes AOL 5.0 with 500 Hours Free for a Month AOL makes it easy to create your family tree There are zillions of genealogical resources online. But if you've just decided to become your family's historian, how do you zero in on the best ones? This book gives you a road map. Drawing on years of experience, online genealogy pros Matthew and April Helm guide you step-by-step through everything you need to know, from mapping a research strategy and making the most of AOL tools to the fun stuff — creating a multimedia family tree, building a family history Web site, and even organizing a family reunion. Open the book and discover how to:
*Start tracing your roots today using the Quick Start guide
*Set goals and map a research strategy to save time and effort
*Make the most of research tools on AOL and the Internet
*Use message boards, chat rooms, and newsgroups to develop leads
*Access census, military, property, and other records online
*Choose a software package to help organize your research
*Enhance your genealogical database with "You've Got Pictures"
*Create an AOL Hometown Web site to display your findings
*Start a family newsletter and organize a family reunionSystem Requirements: See CD Installation Instructions page inside
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780764534980
  • Publisher: Wiley, John & Sons, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 9/16/2000
  • Series: Aol Press Series
  • Edition description: 2ND BK&CDR
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 347
  • Product dimensions: 7.38 (w) x 9.26 (h) x 1.03 (d)

Table of Contents

About the Authors vi
Acknowledgments vii
Dedication vii
Introduction xxi
Quick Start: Discovering Assistance at AOL 1
AOL, Members, and Partners 1
Navigating AOL 2
Using Keyword: Roots--Learning about the Genealogy Forum 4
Beginners' Center 6
Message Board Center 6
Chat Center 7
File Libraries Center 8
Resource Center 9
Internet Index 10
Surname Center 11
Family Reunion Center 12
GenealogyForum.com 13
Telephone Search Facilities 14
Search the Forum 15
DearMYRTLE 17
Scroll-Down List of Resources 17
Keyword: Genealogy--Discovering Ancestry.com 18
Searching Ancestry.com 20
Part I Beginning Your Journey into the Past 24
Chapter 1 Setting Goals 26
The Research Cycle 29
Planning Your Research Strategy 30
Collecting the Information You Already Have 31
Researching for More Information 31
Consolidating New and Existing Information 31
Distilling 31
What Information Do You Want to Find? 32
Bloodline Research 33
Family Research 33
Surname Research 33
Location Research 34
Historical Research 34
Looking for Help 34
Putting Together Your Research Plan 35
Chapter 2 Beginning Your Genealogical Search 42
Gathering Basic Information 45
Using AOL as Your Guide 46
The Genealogy Forum's Beginners' Center 47
Beginner's Tool Kit 48
Beginner's FAQ/Ask the Staff 52
The Five-Step Research Process 53
DearMYRTLE's Beginner Lessons 54
Internet Center: Getting Started 54
Genealogy Forum Quick Start 54
Meeting Other Researchers Online 55
AOL's Beginners' Genealogy Chatroom 55
New? Introduce Yourself! Message Board 56
Taking a Look at What Ancestry.com Offers 56
Getting Started 56
The Learning Center 57
Getting the Most from Other Online Beginner Resources 57
Ancestors 58
Beginner's Guide to Family History Research 58
Genealogy.com 59
Genealogy Toolbox 59
RootsWeb.com 59
Chapter 3 Communicating with Others 64
Discovering E-Mail 67
You've Got Mail 67
Writing Original E-Mail 70
Forwarding E-Mail 71
Sending E-Mail Attachments 72
Deleting E-Mail 73
Using the Personal Filing Cabinet 73
Storing E-Mail Files in the Personal Filing Cabinet 74
Adding New Folders to the Personal Filing Cabinet 74
Using Message Boards 76
Genealogy Forum Message Board Center 76
GenForum 78
Query Central 79
FamilyHistory.com 79
GenConnect 79
GenExchange 80
Participating in Chat Rooms 80
Genealogy Forum Chat Center 80
Internet Relay Chat 82
Don't Forget Mailing Lists and Newsgroups 83
Mailing Lists 83
Newsgroups 84
Part II Gathering and Sharing Online 88
Chapter 4 Searching for Family by Name 90
Researching an Individual by Name: Why and How 93
Picking a Name to Start With 94
Having Extra Information at the Ready 94
When to Search for a Full Name 97
What to Know about Your Ancestor 97
Knowing Which Online Resources Are Right for You 98
Searching Online Databases First 98
Searching Ancestry.com Databases from the AOL Welcome Page 99
Searching FamilySearch.com Databases from the AOL Welcome Page 100
Finding Name-Related Sites 101
Comprehensive Genealogical Indexes 101
Search Engines 103
Using Surname Message Boards 105
Popular Name Message Boards 106
General Surname Boards 107
Posting Your Message 108
Making the Most of Mailing Lists 109
Finding a Mailing List and Subscribing 110
Learning the Ropes Before You Post to a Mailing List 111
Posting to a Mailing List 112
Checking Out One-Name Studies and Family Associations 112
Looking through Non-Surname Sites 113
Chapter 5 Following the Paper Trail 114
Why Locating Original Records Is Important 117
Types of Sources 117
Primary Sources 117
Secondary Sources 118
Tertiary Sources 119
Types of Records Useful to Your Research 119
Vital Records 119
Land Records 120
Census Records 121
Military Records 122
Employment and Business Records 123
Educational Records 123
Immigration and Naturalization Records 123
Court and Civil Records 124
Tax Records 124
Other Records 125
Knowing the Difference: Digitized versus Transcribed Records 125
Finding Records Online 127
Genealogy Forum File Libraries Center 127
Index Sites 128
Search Engines 130
Whole-Internet Search Engines 130
Genealogy-specific Search Engines 131
Geographic Sites 133
Dealing with Online Databases 134
Free Databases 134
Subscription Databases 136
Chapter 6 Enhancing Your Work with Pictures 138
Enhancing Research with Photos 141
Looking at the Details 141
Dating Photographs 144
Preserving Your Photographic Treasures 145
Understanding Scanners and Digital Cameras 147
Scanner Types 147
Digital Cameras and Camcorders 151
Downloading Digital Images through AOL 152
Using "You've Got Pictures" 154
Making the Most of Clipart 157
Chapter 7 Gaining Access to Genealogy Periodicals 160
Printed Books and Periodicals 163
Checking Out E-zines and Online Columns 164
The Joy of Newsletters 167
Checking Out GFNews 168
Finding Other Genealogical Newsletters on AOL 168
Using Other Online Newsletters 170
Using Search Engines and Indexes to Find Periodicals 172
Don't Forget Your News Profiles 172
Staying In the News 175
Part III Storing Your Ancestral Treasures 178
Chapter 8 Choosing Genealogical Database Software 180
What's a Genealogical Database? 183
System Requirements for a Genealogy Database 183
Essential Genealogy Database Features 184
The Big Guys 184
Ancestral Quest 184
Family Origins 186
Family Tree Maker 186
Generations Family Tree 187
Legacy 188
The Master Genealogist 189
Reunion 190
Ultimate Family Tree 190
Other Options: Freeware and Shareware 192
Personal Ancestral File 193
Brother's Keeper 193
Searching for the Perfect Package 193
Looking in General 194
Checking Out Reviews 195
Using AOL to Get Software 195
Downloading 196
Shopping 196
Chapter 9 Creating a Database 200
Downloading Programs 203
Family Tree Maker (Trial Version) 203
Personal Ancestral File 205
Setting Up a New Database 207
Creating a New Database in Family Tree Maker (Trial Version) 207
Personal Ancestral File 210
Starting a PAF Database 211
Putting Specific Info into Your PAF Database 212
Enhancing Your File with Multimedia 214
Don't Forget to Cite Your Sources! 216
Chapter 10 Discovering Computer Companions 220
Benefiting from Utilities 223
Types of Utilities 223
Data Conversion Utilities 223
Research Utilities 224
Publishing Utilities 225
Report and Chart Utilities 226
Computer Utilities 227
Where to Find Utilities 228
Using Graphics Software 229
How Graphics Software Works 229
Tools of the Graphics Trade 230
Finding Graphics Programs 231
Making the Most of Your Word Processor 232
Experimenting with Methods of Storage 233
Compression 233
Additional Hard Drives 234
Removable Cartridge Drives 235
CD-R/CD-RW Drives 235
DVD-RAM Drives 236
Tape Storage 236
Part IV Fun Ways to Share Your History 238
Chapter 11 Reporting Your Findings 240
Recognizing Standard Reports on Sight 243
Pedigree Chart 243
Descendant Chart 244
Family Group Sheet 245
Reporting by the Numbers 247
Ahnentafel 247
Register System 249
Modified Register System 251
Generating Reports with Your Generalogical Database 252
Personal Ancestral File 253
Family Tree Maker 254
Speaking about GEDCOM 256
Importing GEDCOM Files 256
Converting Data to a GEDCOM File 257
Sharing GEDCOM Files on the Web 258
Chapter 12 Creating Your Own Web Page 260
Why Place My Information on a Web Page? 263
Just What Is HTML? 264
Knowing HTML 264
A Few Good Tags 266
The Ease of Using an HTML Editor 269
Using 1-2-3 Publish 270
Using Easy Designer 273
Finding Prime Real Estate at AOL Hometown 277
Learning About Other Neighborhoods 279
Getting Help from Others 280
Hitting the Web with PAF 4.0 280
Posting Web Pages with Family Tree Maker 283
Making Your Page Pretty 284
Chapter 13 Becoming the Family Publisher 286
Starting a Family Newsletter 289
Focus of the Newsletter 289
Delivery Frequency 290
Time Commitment 290
Cost of Delivery 290
What Do You Expect to Get Out of It? 291
Finding People to Write Articles and Columns 291
Which Shall It Be: The Web or E-mail? 292
E-mail Newsletters 293
Web-based Newsletters 294
Enhancing Your News with Group Projects 295
Chapter 14 Planning Your Reunion 298
Is Yours a Family Association? 303
Planning and Executing the Big Day 306
Type of Reunion 306
Forming a Committee 307
Corresponding with Others 309
Tracking Down Invitees 309
Actually Corresponding 309
Scheduling Your Reunion 311
Figuring Out the Finances 313
Finding Accommodations 314
Don't Forget about Food 316
Coming Up with Activities 316
Afterwards 318
Glossary 320
Index 327
CD-ROM Installation Instructions 360
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