Using a case study approach, the book takes a single source item - an 1890 marriage certificate purchased at an antiques event - and uses it to highlight the questions you should be asking yourself about your own family documentation and how this can be used as a basis for online research.
Learn how to:
- Access and investigate online records
- Use spreadsheets to record your findings and assess their validity and reliability
- Incorporate your family tree into online programs
- Share your research with friends and family and much more…
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About the Author
Table of ContentsAbout the Author.
Icons Used in this Book.
PART I GETTING STARTED.
Chapter 1 Introduction.
How to Use This Book.
What, Why and How Much?
Chapter 2 What You Need to Begin.
Getting Information from Relatives.
Gleaning Information from Photos.
Collecting Family Records.
PART II BASIC GENEALOGY.
Chapter 3 The Facts of Life211;Birth, Marriage and Death.
Vital Records in England and Wales.
Using Online Resources.
Obtaining Scottish Records.
Obtaining Irish Records.
Chapter 4 Counting the People211;Census Records.
How the Census can Help Family Historians.
Searching Scottish Census Records.
Searching Irish Census Records.
Suggested Answers to the Census Research Task.
Reviewing the Evidence Collected So Far.
What Questions Do You Still Need to Ask?
PART III ONLINE SOURCES.
Chapter 5 Family Search.
Sources on the FamilySearch Website.
Searching the Site.
Understanding the Information Each Database Holds.
Using the Library Catalog.
Using Family Tree Software.
Using the Tutorials.
Using Record Search.
Chapter 6 Using the Ancestry Website.
What's on the Ancestry Website?
Alternatives to Ancestry.
Research Task 212; Fischer/Smith.
Chapter 7 Using the National Archives.
What is TNA?
What is Available in TNA?
Searching the Catalogue.
Understanding the Difference Between the Catalogue and the Archives.
Access to Archives (A2A).
Finding Welsh Records.
Chapter 8 Accessing Information from Wills, Newspapers, Directories and Other Sources.
Historical Directories, Maps and Gazetters.
Family History Societies.
PART IV RECORDING YOUR RESEARCH.
Chapter 9 Using Spreadsheets.
Creating Data Lists from Research Findings.
Printing Your Spreadsheets.
Being Kind to Your Eyes.
Chapter 10 Using Family History Software.
Benefits of Using a Family Tree Program.
Getting Started with Personal Ancestral File.
Creating Reports and Charts.
Saving Your Work.
Chapter 11 Working with Family Photos.
Sorting Your Family Photos.
Hosting a Picture-Tagging Party.
Handling and Preserving Photos.
Scanning Photos and Other Documents.
Using Software to Edit and Organize Photos.
PART V SHARING YOUR RESEARCH.
Chapter 12 Creating Presentations.
Understanding Your Audience.
Chapter 13 Publishing a Family Tree.
Creating a Family Tree Online.
Implementing Security and Data Protection Online.
The Fischer/Smith Family Online.
Publishing Your Work.