Mastering Online Genealogy

Mastering Online Genealogy

by Dan Quillen


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The best introduction to using the Internet to search for your ancestors!

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. This book includes information on 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; pitfalls to watch out for, pratfalls to avoid the value of message boards, blogs, etc.; and 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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781593602246
Publisher: Cold Spring Press
Publication date: 10/25/2016
Edition description: Revised
Pages: 144
Sales rank: 231,223
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 8.40(h) x 0.40(d)

About the Author

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

Table of Contents

1 Introduction 9

2 The Essentials 13

The Basics 13

Notes 14

Be Specific 16

Speed vs Accuracy 16

Standard Dating Format 17

Don't Give Up 17

The Journey 17

Research Plan 19

Don't Procrastinate 20

Primary and Secondary Sources 21

Netiquette 22

Privacy Laws 22

3 What Computer Shall I Use? 26

Computer Recommendations 28

Other Costs 33

4 Searching 34

Search Engines 34

Boolean Operators 37

Family Surname Groups 41

Funeral Home Records 43

Genealogy Societies 45

Online Death Certificates 46

Local Histories 48

Message Boards 51

Old Newspapers 54

Context 54

Birth Announcements 55

Obituaries 55

Wedding Announcements 58

Society Pages 58

Finding Old Newspapers 59

Government Efforts to Preserve Old Newspapers 62

Library of Congress and Inter-Library Loan 67

Old Photographs 68

Social Security Death Index 74

Dead-end Websites 75

5 Free Services 78

Cemetery Websites 78

Ellis Island 80 87 Message Boards 92

Libraries 92

USGen Web 93

Roots Web 94

Cyndi's List 94

6 Subscription Services 96 96 99 100

Newspaper Archives 101

One Great Family 101

World Vital Records 102

HeritageQuest 103

7 Government Records 106

US Censuses 106

State Censuses 113

Mortality Schedules 114

British Records 115

Immigration and Naturalization Records 115

Birth, Death and Marriage Records 122

Military Records 124

National Archives 130

Wills & Probate Records 134

8 Genealogy Software Reviews 136

9 Glossary 139

Index 141

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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
There where things in the book that helped me. Thank you