The Complete Idiot's Guide to Online Genealogy

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Penguin, Jan 1, 2002 - Reference - 434 pages
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The second edition of a popular series title brings Internet family tree shaking up-to-date.

-- The American Family Immigration History Center (ellisislandrecords.org), which went online in April 2001, registered 1.9 million visitors in its first month of operation. It was virtually impossible to log onto the site until June.

-- Yahoo lists, under keyword "genealogy, " 347 categories, 1645 Web sites, and 3.5 million Web pages (433 of those Web pages deal specifically with "online genealogy").

-- New databases, Web pages, and message boards to assist ancestry researchers appear online virtually every week.

All chapters will have URL updates -- many Web sites have changed or disappeared since the first edition was published. The book will fully cover the major changes in software programs available, plus computerized genealogy forms. This edition will also include new information on dealing with the National Archives and obtaining information from maps and gazetteers, a completely revised chapter on online databases, a new chapter on digital resources, and major revisions of chapters dealing with library sources -- particularly the chapter on the Family History Library in Salt Lake City, UT.

 

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Contents

What Is Online Genealogy?
3
Getting to Genealogy Cyberland
11
Geek Speak for Family History Hunters
25
Putting That PC to Work for You
39
Genealogy 101
57
Beginning at the Beginning
59
Families Are Forever
73
Organize Organize Organize
85
Lets Get Digital
241
Mining for Family Gold
253
The Melting Pot
255
Around the World in 80 Seconds
269
Using History in Family History
287
PJs and Slippers Time
301
Rifling Through Library Catalogs at 2 AM
303
Family History Library
315

Whats Next for the Genealogist on the Hunt?
101
Surfs Up
111
SurfingGenealogy Style
113
Worldwide Pony Express at Mach 4
125
Wanted GreatGrandma Bertha
137
Hunting Down Those Family Pages
157
Diggin Up BonesOnline Style
171
Resources for Vital Records
173
Mastering Other Genealogical Resources
187
Off the Beaten Path
203
Mapping Your Course
215
Databases Galore
225
Online U
331
A Virtual Canvas
345
Learning to Live in an Online World
359
Youre on a Roll Now
371
Appendixes
381
State Resources
393
Country Resources
401
Online Library Resources
405
Useful Forms
407
Index
417
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About the author (2002)

Rhonda R. McClure can trace her introduction to history, in general, and family history, specifically, back to her childhood. Her grandmother's involvement in the DAR (Daughters of the American Revolution) afforded her the benefit of viewing history as more than just a list of dry names, dates, and places. She did not begin researching her family history until 1983. In 1987, through the support and encouragement of her grandfather, she enrolled in independent study courses about genealogy from Brigham Young University. That was the beginning of the "end of life without genealogy," and she has been hooked ever since.

Rhonda has been involved in online genealogy since 1987. She served as data manager of the Genealogy RoundTable on Genie from 1990 to 1997. She was the Web site Sysop on the Ultimate Family Tree Web site (www.uftree.com) for four years. She was the forum manager of the Genealogy Forum on MSN (Microsoft Network) for 18 months, until mid-1998. Rhonda now offers guidance to genealogists in weekly columns published on Genealogy.com at www.genealogy.com, where she loves to help those new to genealogy and enjoys watching her Web site visitors grow in their research abilities. She is also responsible for researching and compiling celebrity family trees that appear on Genealogy.com.

In 1990, Rhonda published her first genealogy article in Heritage Quest Magazine. For the last three years, she has been a contributing editor to Heritage Quest Magazine, with her award-winning "The Resource Cabinet" column, where she offers answers to readers' questions. Her "Celebrity Roots" column appears in Biography Magazine, and she is a contributing editor to the National Genealogical Society's Newsmagazine. She has authored three other books including Family Tree Maker Fast & Easy, The Genealogist's Computer Companion, and the original edition of The Complete Idiot's Guide to Online Genealogy. Rhonda has a five-day-a-week, online e-mail-distributed newsletter, Family Tree Finders, available through SodaMail, at www.sodamail.com/. She is a co-author of RootsWeb's Guide to Tracing Family Trees, which you can access at rwguide.rootsweb.com/.

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