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Break through brick walls in your genealogical research
"Easy to read, provides clear explanations, examples and is well-illustrated, thus definitely meeting the needs of libraries and individuals seeking a book to guide family historians who are beyond the basics and need help solving problems."FORUM magazine
Learn how to use innovative methods to unearth hard-to-find ancestors. Advanced Genealogy Research Techniques shows you, step by step, how to uncover elusive details by taking advantage of specialized tools and software programs and using proven best practices for breaking through the brick walls that have hindered your progress.
You’ll get professional advice on formulating a research strategy, understanding the details you discover, keeping careful track of your data, analyzing the evidence, and developing hypotheses. Real-world case studies demonstrate how you can apply the systematic procedures presented in this practical guide to your own researchand achieve success!
- Examine the brick wall in detail to find potential weak spots that can be exploited into a breakthrough
- Use brute force techniques that leave no stone unturned
- Obtain exact copies of original records rather than derivative sources
- Research the family, associates, and neighbors (FANs) of your brick wall ancestor
- Consult with your family, friends, and colleagues to get a fresh perspective on your research
- Use crowdsourcinggenealogy societies, online forums, social media, blogs, wikis, and podcasts
- Apply technological solutions, including DNA testing and specialized genealogical software
- Get tips on hiring a professional genealogical researcher with the appropriate credentials and references
- Revisit your brick wall problem after honing your research skills
- Review your evidence, develop a research strategy, and keep a meticulous research log
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About the Author
George G. Morgan, an internationally recognized genealogy expert, is president of Aha! Seminars, Inc., and vice president of membership for the Federation of Genealogical Societies. He is the author of several books, including three editions of How to Do Everything: Genealogy. George coproduces The Genealogy Guys Podcast with Drew Smith.
Drew Smith, MLS, a librarian at the University of South Florida, is the “Rootsmithing with Technology” columnist for the Federation of Genealogical Societies’ FORUM magazine. He is chair of the Family History Information Standards Organisation and president of the Florida Genealogical Society of Tampa.
Table of Contents
IntroductionWhen the Going Gets Tough……the Tough Get GoingThe Brick Wall Metaphor (and Why It Matters)Eight Ideas for Getting Past the Brick WallWhat You’ll Need Before You Set OutChapter 1. Examine the Brick Wall in DetailReexamine in Detail the Evidence You Have Already DiscoveredFocus on Details You May Have Missed or Overlooked the First TimeCensusBirth Certificate/IndexMarriage License/IndexDeath Certificate/IndexObituaryTombstone/CemeteryPhotographNow That You Have More Details…Organize What You Have in a Genealogy Database ProgramNamesDatesPlacesCreate an Ancestor TimelineGather All of the Evidence You Have CollectedOrganize Everything SequentiallyReread EverythingCompile a TimelineIncorporate Historical Newspaper ResearchExample 1Example 2Example 3SummarySources Used in This ChapterChapter 2. Use Brute ForceIndexesTranscriptionsExtractsAbstractsOCR in DetailSources of Secondary InformationFamily Histories, Online Family Trees, and Personal Web PagesApplication Forms to Societies and Other OrganizationsThe “Reasonably Exhaustive Search”Example 1Example 2Example 3SummarySources Used in This ChapterChapter 3. Go Around the WallThe Broader Technique (and What to Call It)SpousesParents and ChildrenOther RelativesBeyond the “F”Another Important Use of the FAN Club TechniqueOther NamesExample 1Example 2Example 3Example 4SummarySources Used in This ChapterChapter 4. Talk to a FriendWhy Share a Brick Wall Problem?With Whom Should You Share the Problem?How to Share a Brick Wall ProblemExample 1Example 2Example 3SummaryChapter 5. Use CrowdsourcingGenealogy SocietiesOnline ForumsAn OverviewElectronic Mailing ListsElectronic Message BoardsFacebook Groups, Google+ Communities, and GenealogyWiseFinding the Most Relevant Online ForumThe Etiquette of Online ForumsBlogs, Wikis, and PodcastsBlogsWikisPodcastsExample 1Example 2Example 3Example 4SummaryChapter 6. Apply Technological SolutionsDNA Testing: A Very Brief HistoryTypes of DNA TestingmtDNA TestingY-DNA TestingAutosomal DNA TestingDeep AncestryMutationsMitochondrial EveY-chromosomal AdamHaplogroups and SNPsEthnic MixturesCompanies That Perform DNA TestingSpecialized Genealogical SoftwareGenSmartsCloozEvidentiaSummaryChapter 7. Hire a Demolition ExpertWhat Can a Professional Researcher Do for Me?Professional GenealogistAccredited GenealogistCertified GenealogistOther Organizations Representing Professional GenealogistsGeographic SpecializationSpecialty AreasContracting with a Professional ResearcherIf and When Things Go WrongSummaryChapter 8. Rest Up and Attack the Brick Wall Another TimeLearnBooksArticlesBlogsWikisRecorded Audio and Video ProgramsLive WebinarsFace-to-Face PresentationsPracticeMonitorSummaryChapter 9. Put the Techniques to WorkReview the EvidenceDevelop a Research StrategyDetermine the Questions You Want to AnswerIdentify All Potential ResourcesObtain Exact Copies of the Original RecordsAnalyze Evidence and Develop HypothesesKeep a Research LogA Paper Research LogUse a SpreadsheetA Blog as Research LogUse Your Genealogy Database ProgramSoftware Utility ProgramsThe Case of Mary Ann Reilly SmithSome Final RemarksIndex