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Genealogy Online, 10th Edition

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The most complete and current guide to Edition successful online genealogy

Conduct effective genealogical research using the expert techniques and innovative tools in this fully updated, bestselling resource. Genealogy Online, Tenth Edition reveals new research breakthroughs, such as DNA testing, and covers the latest ancestry-related websites, blogs, networks, and social media services.

You'll find out how to begin your search, locate specific types of genealogical information on the Web, and efficiently use a wide variety of online tools. Proven methods for recording, organizing, analyzing, and sharing data are provided. Maximize the state-of-the-art genealogy resources available online and connect to researchers worldwide with help from this practical, up-to-date guide.

  • Choose the right genealogy software for your project
  • Record, organize, save, and back up your data
  • Ensure accuracy, privacy, and copyright compliance
  • Conduct targeted Internet searches using Boolean terms
  • Connect to other researchers in real-time using Twitter, Skype, IM, and Google
  • Use social networking services, including Facebook, LinkedIn, Google+, Pinterest, and MeetUp
  • Create your own genealogy blog and tag it for search engine optimization
  • Use DNA testing to find living and past relatives
  • Search vital statistics through the National Archives and Records Administration, the Library of Congress, and other resources
  • Access online library card catalogs and services
  • Tap into international and ethnic genealogy resources
  • Publish your research in print and on the Web

Table of Contents

  1. Cover Page
  2. Title Page
  3. Copyright Page
  4. Dedication
  5. Contents
  6. Acknowledgments
  7. Introduction
  8. PART I The Basics
    1. 1 Beginning a Genealogy Project
      1. Organize from the Beginning
        1. Your System
      2. Good Practices
        1. Pick a Line
        2. Adventures in Genealogy
      3. References to Have at Hand
      4. Analyze and Repeat
      5. Know Your Terms
      6. Sources and Proof
      7. How to Judge
        1. Who Created It?
        2. How Long Ago Was It Created?
        3. Where Does the Information Come From?
        4. In What Form Is the Information?
        5. How Well Does the Author Use and Define Genealogical Terms?
        6. Does the Information Make Sense Compared to What You Already Know?
      8. Standards of Genealogical Research
      9. How to Write a Query
      10. Documentation
      11. Backup
      12. Publishing Your Findings
      13. Caveats
      14. Wrapping Up
    2. 2 Software You’ll Need
      1. Look Ma, No Wires!
      2. Software
        1. Which Browser Should I Use?
        2. Genealogy Programs
      3. Smart Phones and Tablets
        1. Tablets
      4. Additional Programs
        1. Add-On Programs
        2. Database CD-ROMs
        3. Word-Processing Programs
        4. Maps
        5. E-mail
        6. Viruses and Worms
      5. Wrapping Up
    3. 3 Ethics, Privacy, and Law in Genealogy
      1. Privacy
        1. Judy G. Russell, JD, CG, CGL
        2. Gormley’s View
        3. DearMYRTLE’s View
        4. Eastman’s View
      2. Copyright
        1. Protecting Yourself
      3. Other Matters
      4. Give Back
        1. NGS Standards
      5. Wrapping Up
  9. PART II Using the Internet for Genealogy
    1. 4 Genealogy Education
      1. Teach Yourself, Be Taught, or Do Both
        1. Teaching Yourself: Columns, Podcasts, and Blogs
        2. Eastman’s Online Genealogy Newsletter
        3. Other Blogs and Feeds
      2. Online Courses
        1. MOOCS
        2. Genealogy.com
        3. Brigham Young University
        4. National Institute for Genealogical Studies/University of Toronto
        5. Search College Sites for Other Courses
      3. Offline
        1. Professional Organizations
        2. Regional and Local Workshops and Seminars
      4. Wrapping Up
    2. 5 Revving Up Search Engines
      1. Defining Terms
      2. Searching with Savoir Faire
      3. Using Boolean Terms
        1. The Boolean OR
        2. The Boolean AND
        3. The Boolean NOT
        4. Beyond AND/OR/NOT
      4. Search Sites
        1. Ancestral Findings
        2. Linkpendium
        3. Access Genealogy
        4. Ancestor Hunt
        5. Biography Guide
        6. Cyndi’s List
        7. Free Genealogy Search Help for Google
        8. GenGateway
        9. RootsWeb Search Thingy
      5. Obituary Search Pages
      6. White Page Directories
      7. Wrapping Up
    3. 6 Talk to Me: Twitter, Skype, IM, and Google
      1. Twitter
        1. Replies and Mentions
        2. Hashtags
      2. VoIP and Video Chat
        1. Google
        2. Skype
        3. Facebook, Yahoo! et al
      3. Instant Messaging
      4. Reach Out and Touch the World!
      5. Wrapping Up
    4. 7 Fun with E-mail: Mail Lists, Newsletters, and More
      1. Mailing Lists
        1. Subscribing to Mailing Lists
      2. Forums You Might Explore
      3. Forums
      4. Finding More Mailing Lists and Forums
      5. Wrapping Up
    5. 8 Social Networking
      1. A Few Definitions
      2. Social Networking 101
      3. Social Networking Services with Avatars: Second Life
        1. Just Genealogy
        2. The Main Event: Live Chats with Sound and Animation
      4. Google+
        1. Profile
        2. Circles
        3. Pages and Communities
        4. Stream
        5. Hangouts
      5. MeetUp
      6. Wrapping Up
    6. 9 Blogging Your Genealogy: Sites, Software, and More
      1. Blogging Guidelines
      2. How to Blog Effectively
      3. Software and Services for Blogging
      4. Time and Circumstance
      5. Wrapping Up
    7. 10 DNA Genealogy
      1. DNA Overview
      2. Online DNA Sites
      3. Wrapping Up
  10. PART III The Nitty Gritty: Places to Find Names, Dates, and Places
    1. 11 Vital Records and Historical Documents
      1. Vital Records
      2. Library of Congress
        1. American Memory
        2. American Treasures
        3. Using the Library of Congress
        4. The Library Today
        5. Research Tools
      3. National Archives and Records Administration
        1. Other NARA Areas to Explore
        2. Access to Archival Databases
      4. Government Land Office
        1. Land Patent Searches
      5. Census Records
      6. The U.S. Census Bureau
      7. Some Census Sites
        1. State and Local Sources
      8. Obituaries and SSDI
      9. Interment.net
      10. Fold3
      11. Online Searches
        1. Transcriptions
        2. CDs and Microfilms
      12. Bible Records Online
      13. Wrapping Up
    2. 12 The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints: FamilySearch.org
      1. FamilySearch.org Tour
        1. Search
      2. Trees
        1. Puzzilla
        2. FamilySearch Indexing
        3. Get Help
      3. A Visit to a Family History Center
      4. Wrapping Up
    3. 13 Ellis Island Online: The American Family Immigration History Center
      1. Genealogy Getting Started Tips
      2. Genealogy Charts and Forms
      3. Locating a Genealogy Society
      4. Hiring a Professional Genealogist
      5. Helpful Websites for Genealogy Research
      6. Using the Site
        1. Searches
        2. Community Archives
        3. Ellis Island Family History
        4. Visiting in Person
      7. Morse’s Forms
        1. Other Forms
      8. Wrapping Up
    4. 14 Online Library Card Catalogs and Services
      1. Connecting to OCCs by Web Browser
        1. Google Books
        2. The Library of Congress Card Catalog
      2. Where to Find More Online
        1. Card Catalogs
      3. Using Your Local Library Online
        1. Periodical Source Index on Microfiche 
        2. America’s Genealogy Bank (NewsBank)
        3. America’s Obituaries & Death Notices (NewsBank)
        4. Ancestry Library Edition (Available Only Inside the Library)
        5. Heritage Quest
        6. ProQuest Obituaries
        7. Sanborn Fire Insurance Company Maps of Florida
      4. Wrapping Up
    5. 15 International Genealogy Resources
      1. Following the Past
        1. Beyond the Boat
      2. Translate a Site
      3. Country-Specific Sites
        1. Asian Genealogical Sites
        2. European Genealogical Sites
        3. North America
      4. Wrapping Up
    6. 16 Ethnic Genealogy Resources
      1. Special Challenges
      2. African-American Genealogy
        1. AfriGeneas
        2. Africana Heritage
        3. More Good Resources
        4. Arab Genealogy
        5. Australian Aborigines
        6. Caribbean Genealogy
        7. British Virgin Islands Genealogy
        8. Creole/Cajun Genealogy
        9. Cuban Genealogy
        10. Doukhobors Genealogy
        11. Gypsy, Romani, Romany, and Travellers Genealogy
        12. Hmong Genealogy
        13. Quaker and Huguenot Genealogy
        14. Jewish Genealogy
        15. Native American Genealogy
        16. Metis Genealogy
        17. Melungeon Genealogy
      3. Wrapping Up
    7. 17 The National Genealogical Society
      1. About the NGS
        1. Educational Courses
        2. Publications and Videos
        3. Conferences and Events
        4. Awards and Competitions
        5. Calendar
        6. My Account, My Orders, My Downloadable Products
        7. Store
      2. Wrapping Up
    8. 18 Ancestry.com and RootsWeb
      1. Ancestry.com
        1. Using Ancestry.com
      2. RootsWeb
        1. Digging in RootsWeb
        2. Other Search Engines
        3. Message Boards and Mailing Lists
        4. Newsletters
      3. Wrapping Up
    9. 19 Genealogical Publishing Houses and Their Sites
      1. Publishing a Genealogy Book
      2. Buying Genealogy Books
        1. Avotaynu
        2. Genealogical Publishing Company
        3. Family Roots Publishing
        4. Martin Genealogy Publishing
        5. Heritage Books
        6. BookLocker
        7. Lulu.com
        8. iUniverse.com
        9. Smaller Publishers
        10. Family Heritage Publishers
        11. Modern Memoirs, Inc.
        12. Shortrunbooks.com
      3. Finding More
      4. Wrapping Up
    10. 20 A Potpourri of Genealogy
      1. Alexa.com Top 25 Genealogy Sites Early 2014
      2. Golden Needles in the World Wide Haystack
        1. Adoption
        2. Beginners’ “Classes,” How-to Articles, Tips, Etc.
      3. Blogging and Genealogy Blogs
        1. Birth, Death, Marriage, and Other Records
        2. DNA
        3. Ethnic/National
      4. Historical Background
      5. Libraries
      6. Maps, Geography, and More
      7. Regional
      8. Starting Places
      9. Supplies, Books, Forms, and More
      10. Wrapping Up
  11. PART IV Appendixes
    1. A Genealogical Standards from the National Genealogical Society
      1. Genealogical Standards
        1. Standards for Sound Genealogical Research
      2. Genealogical Standards
        1. Guidelines for Using Records Repositories and Libraries
      3. Genealogical Standards
        1. Standards for Use of Technology in Genealogical Research
      4. Genealogical Standards
        1. Standards for Sharing Information with Others
      5. Genealogical Standards
        1. Guidelines for Publishing Web Pages on the Internet
      6. Genealogical Standards
        1. Guidelines for Genealogical Self-improvement and Growth
    2. B How to Find a Professional Genealogist
      1. Australia
      2. Canada
      3. England
      4. France
      5. Ireland
      6. New Zealand
      7. Scotland
      8. Set Terms
  12. Glossary
  13. Index