Genealogy Online For Dummies

Front Cover
John Wiley & Sons, Apr 2, 2004 - Reference - 348 pages
2 Reviews
Researching our roots has become a top national pastime, and with the advent of the Internet, it’s also become much faster and easier than before. Rather than hop in the car and hope you can find the courthouse of the county where your great-grandmother grew up before it closes, you can relax and research in the comfort of your own home, at your convenience. The only problem is where—and how—do you start?

Genealogy Online For Dummies, 4th Edition is a great starting point. Written by genealogists who manage and maintain several online genealogy services, this guide helps you make sense of the vast array of resources on the Web. It shows you how to

  • Search online databases
  • Explore genealogical societies
  • Use geographic tools
  • Research ethnic roots
  • Validate your findings
  • Share your research

So you don’t waste time and effort wandering all over the Web, Genealogy Online For Dummies, 4th Edition shows you how to set up your own personal database first, using information you already have from family members. Then it helps you make your search productive by

  • Choosing the right government resources to help locate your ancestors
  • Fleshing out the statistics with personal information from geographical, ethnic, and religious sources
  • Cooperating with other researchers, sharing information, and coordinating efforts with societies and research groups
  • Providing proven tips, reminders, suggestions, and lists of online databases
  • Offering suggestions for developing your own genealogical Web site, and more

To get you started in style, the bonus CD-ROM includes the full version of Family TreeMaker and Legacy Family Tree freeware, a tryout version of Adobe® Photoshop® Elements 2.0 for preserving treasured family photos, and lots of other valuable techno-tools. And it all comes with a warning: genealogical research can become addictive!


What people are saying - Write a review

LibraryThing Review

User Review  - stacyinthecity - LibraryThing

I’ve been casually doing genealogy research for years, but I recently decided I wanted to step it up a notch. So I decided to go to the library and get a book. Their selection wasn’t huge, but I did ... Read full review

LibraryThing Review

User Review  - jdbucky - LibraryThing

mostly for people with us ancestors but has many good website address for other countries. Easy reading Read full review


Share and Share Alike 193
Getting Your Act Together
You Gotta Have Groundwork
Planning for Genealogical Success
FineTuning Your Organizational and Preservation Skills
Focusing on Your Ancestor
Government Records
Coordinating Your Attack Getting Help from Other Researchers
Sharing Your Wealth Online
Creating a Place to Call Home
Ten Handy Databases
Ten Sites That Offer Help
Ten Tips for Genealogical Smooth Sailing
Going Online
What Does This Mean?

Adding Color to Your Research
Ethnic Research
Records Off the Beaten Path
Share and Share Alike 193
About the CD

Other editions - View all

Common terms and phrases

References to this book

All Book Search results »

About the author (2004)

Matthew L. Helm and April Leigh Helm manage several leading online genealogical resources, including and

Bibliographic information