Genealogy Online For Dummies

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John Wiley & Sons, Mar 31, 2008 - Reference - 366 pages
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Researching your genealogy online is like being a kid in a candy store. So many neat things catch your eye that it’s difficult to decide which one to try. That’s where Genealogy Online For Dummies, 5th Edition comes in. This completely practical handbook helps you become a smart, discriminating researcher from the moment you start your investigation.

Unlike other genealogy books, this easy-to-use guide does more than show you how to access and use online resources; it lays out a sensible organized process you can follow to make your research more efficient and achieve your genealogical goal faster. You'll learn how to start your research before you go online, understand traditional methods of genealogy, identify Web sites that will be most helpful to your research, get vital information and statistics from government records, and much, much more Discover how to:

  • Use basic online and offline research techniques
  • Develop a plan for your research
  • Integrate Internet resources to achieve your genealogical goal
  • Create Web sites where family members can make contact
  • Access domestic records for births, deaths, immigration, and more
  • Research ethnic ancestry through international records
  • Verify what you find
  • Protect your research

Complete with a companion CD-ROM packed with valuable genealogy software, Genealogy Online For Dummies puts you in touch with all of the tools, resources, methods, and know-how you need to make your research into your family history a total success.


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Getting Your Act Together
Getting to Know You And Your Ancestors
You Found It Now Keep It
Focusing on Your Ancestor
Bureaucracy At Its Best Using Government Sources
Going Beyond Borders International Records
Adding Color to Your Research
Share and Share Alike
Giving Back to Your Online Community
Ten Tools for Your Genealogical Travels
Ten Handy Databases
Designing Your Web Site or Blog
Ten Sites That Offer Help
Ten Tips for Genealogical Smooth Sailing

Ethnic Research
Records Off the Beaten Path
Fitting into Your Genes Molecular Genealogy
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About the author (2008)

Matthew L. Helm is the Executive Vice President and Chief Technology Officer for, Inc. He’s the creator and maintainer of the award-winning Helm’s Genealogy Toolbox, Helm/Helms Family Research Page, and a variety of other Web sites. Matthew speaks at national genealogical conventions and lectures to genealogical and historical societies. Matthew holds an A.B. in History and an M.S. in Library and Information Science from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

April Leigh Helm is the President of, Inc. April lectures on genealogy and other topics for various conferences and groups. She holds a B.S. in Journalism and an Ed.M. in Higher Education Administration from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
Together, the Helms have coauthored several books in addition to the five editions of Genealogy Online For Dummies. They include Family Tree Maker For Dummies, Your Official America Online Guide to Genealogy Online, and Get Your Degree Online.

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