AARP Genealogy Online: Tech to Connect

AARP Genealogy Online: Tech to Connect

by April Leigh Helm, Matthew L. Helm


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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781118244050
Publisher: Wiley
Publication date: 07/03/2012
Pages: 240
Product dimensions: 7.30(w) x 9.20(h) x 0.60(d)

About the Author

Matthew L. Helm and April Leigh Helm have shared an interest in researching family history for more than 20 years and manage several online resources, including and They are also the authors of Genealogy Online For Dummies.

Table of Contents

Introduction 1

About This Book  1

Who This Book Is For  3

Conventions  3

How This Book Is Organized  4

Chapter 1: Writing Your Autobiography with arcalife 7

Creating a Free arcalife Registration  8

Controlling Privacy Settings 9

Noting Memories on the Site 10

Listing Experiences 12

Assembling Your Online Autobiography 14

Chapter 2: Creating an Online Family Tree  15

Starting a New, Online Family Tree 16

Adding Facts to a Profile 19

Citing Sources 21

Adding Media 23

Leaving Comments for Visitors 27

Reviewing Hints 28

Connecting with Other Members 29

Chapter 3: Building Your Family Tree with RootsMagic  31

Installing RootsMagic Essentials 32

Entering Family Data 34

Citing All Your Sources 38

Generating a Family Tree Chart 40

Creating a GEDCOM File to Export Your Data 42

Chapter 4: Using Web Search Engines  45

Searching for Phrases at Google 46

Targeting Your Search Using Google 48

Learning Additional Search Tricks 50

Comparing Results at Bing 53

Using Metasearch Engines 54

Performing Genealogically Focused Searches 55

Chapter 5: Exploring  57

Initiating the Free Trial 58

Searching All Records 60

Dealing with Search Results 65

Browsing the Card Catalog71

Messaging Other Genealogists 73

Learning More about Genealogy 75

Exploring the Wiki 76

Chapter 6: Using FamilySearch  77

Creating a FamilySearch Account 78

Searching Historical Records 80

Browsing by Location 84

Discovering Family Trees 87

Using the Library Catalog 90

Viewing Scanned Books 92

Volunteering to Index 95

Chapter 7: Gleaning Government Records  97

Identifying Sites with Government Records 98

Discovering the Civil War Soldiers and Sailors System  100

Buying Into the General Land Office  103

Coming to Ellis Island  106

Exploring the Online Public Access System at the National Archives  110

Chapter 8: Using Geographical Records and Maps 115

Searching for Geography-Based Records  116

Using a Current Online Map  118

Finding a Location with a Gazetteer  120

Seeing the World through Google Earth  122

Distinguishing Landforms with Topographic Maps 125

Downloading a Map from the U.S. Geological Survey  127

Chapter 9: Mapping Land Records at  129

Registering for a Free Account at  130

Learning about the HistoryGeo Map Viewer  132

Updating Your Profile  134

Working with Other Researchers  135

Chapter 10: Looking at Specialized Online

Collections  137

Registering at Fold3  138

Searching Fold3 for Military Records  140

Viewing Images on Fold3 142

Sharing Records at Fold3  148

Reviewing  150

Chapter 11: Exploring Local Resources  155

Exploring GenealogyBank 156

Finding Local Histories by Way of Google Books  160

Looking for Books on WorldCat  164

Paying Respects at Find A Grave  168

Hunting for a Genealogical Society  170

Chapter 12: Connecting with Family Historians on Facebook  171

Joining Facebook  172

Creating a Genealogy List  174

Finding New Friends and Adding Them to Your Genealogy List  176

Posting Questions and Statuses  178

Communicating One-on-One  180

Organizing a Research Group 181

Uploading Photos  183

Chapter 13: Testing Your DNA 185

Learning about DNA Testing  186

Ordering a DNA Testing Kit  188

Interpreting Y-DNA Results  190

Comparing mtDNA  193

Finding Your Ancestors with the Family Finder Test  195

Chapter 14: Using Your iPad for Genealogy

Research  197

Downloading an App  198

Using the Ancestry App  201

Recording Interviews  204

Positioning Yourself Using MotionX 207

Noting Facts with Evernote  211

Uploading Your Finds from iPad to Computer  214

Index 215

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