The Unofficial Guide to Online Genealogy

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Wiley, Oct 23, 2000 - Reference - 432 pages
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The inside scoop... for when you want more than the official line! Remember when researching your family history meant hiring expensive consultants to trace your family tree and connect you with long-lost ancestors? Today, the Internet has made going back to your roots easier, cheaper ... and more fun! Genealogy is one of the hottest topics online, with thousands of sites, forums, and newsgroups clamoring to help family history enthusiasts. But with so many options available, how do you sift through them to find the most reliable online resources? If you're researching your genealogy on the Net, you want to know which sources the professionals and successful amateur genealogists use. You want the inside scoop. "The Unofficial Guide to Online Genealogy" is designed to give savvy consumers such as you a foolproof appraisal of everything from getting started with your cybersearch to charting a clear path through the e-maze of history. "The Unofficial Guide to Online Genealogy" is intensively inspected by The Unofficial Panel of Experts: Matthew Helm is the publisher of Journal of Online Genealogy; John Scroggins received the Federation of Genealogical Societies Award of Merit for his efforts to increase public access to the government's genealogy files; and Tim Stowell has provided expertise to 13 countries for the USGenWeb Project. These specialists ensure that you are armed with the most up-to-date insider information on the subject of online genealogy and are told exactly what "the Official establishment" doesn't want you to know. Vital Information on the Web sites, user groups, and other Net resources you can't be without! Insider Secrets on optimal record keeping and savvy e-mail tactics. Money-Saving Techniques on using free search services rather than paying for resources. Time-Saving Tips on mapping out a clear, focused research path. The Latest Trends in filling mysterious family history gaps--names, places, dates, and relationships. Handy Checklists and Charts for locating and tracking legacy family documents.

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About the Author Pamela Rice Hahn says her interest in genealogy began with what she considers her writer's curiosity-a desire to learn more about the history behind the hand-pieced quilts that were stitched by her maternal grandmothers and other family stories and artifacts; it evolved from there. In addition to The Unofficial Guide to Online Genealogy, Pam is also the lead author of Teach Yourself Grammar and Style in 24 Hours (Sams/Macmillan General Reference, June 2000), Master the Grill the Lazy Way (Alpha Books/Macmillan General Reference, June 1999), and How to Use Microsoft Access 2 (Sams/Macmillan Computer Publishing, July 1999). She has served as editor for a local community-action commission newsletter, The AMCAC News, as well as for a number of computer-related and business newsletters. In addition, she has taught business and sales training seminars; her most recent speaking engagements have been about writing opportunities on the Internet. Pam has published several hundred bylined and ghostwritten business, general interest, technical, and humorous articles that have appeared in Glamour, Country Living, Business Venture, Current Notes, and other national publications. In addition, she works as a technical editor and writer for Macmillan Computer Publishing, Sybex, Osborne, Quessing, and DDC. Pam is publisher and editor-in-chief for the online magazine The Blue Rose Bouquet at, and she maintains several other Web sites, among them her personal site at as well as,, The Ultimate Chronic Illness Resource Directory at, and, along with Keith Giddeon, the Authors on the Undernet chat channel pages at Pam is the 1997 winner of The Manny Award for Nonfiction from the MidWest Writers Workshop.

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