Synopses & Reviews
Trace your family tree and discover your roots
Fully updated and revised, this bestselling genealogy guide helps you tap into the wealth of global ancestry records and offers proven strategies for both traditional and electronic research. How to Do Everything: Genealogy, Second Edition explores basic rules of genealogical evidence, evaluation of source materials, research methods, and successful techniques for web-based research. You'll get new information on DNA-based records, social networking sites, blogs, podcasts, the latest hardware and software, and much more.
- Set up and organize your family tree
- Place your ancestors into context and locate essential records of their lives
- Trace census, immigration, church, cemetery, military, and property records in the U.S., Canada, and the U.K.
- Locate and access document repositories, such as libraries and archives and their online catalogs
- Conduct effective Internet research
- Get past brick walls and dead ends in your research
- Research and verify your ancestors using genetic genealogy (DNA)
- Plan a very successful research trip
- Determine the best technology for your research, including portable devices and databases
- Share your findings with family members and collaborate with other researchers
An all-new edition of the bestselling guide to tapping the wealth of global digital ancestry records online and in print
Fully updated and revised, this is the only beginning genealogy book to address the different available record types along with both traditional and electronic research strategies in a comprehensive way. How to Do Everything: Genealogy explores basic rules of genealogical evidence, evaluation of source materials, research methods, and includes extensive guidance on Web-based research.
New chapters cover: DNA-based records; using social networking sites to connect with family; and how blogs, podcasts, and videocasts can be effectively used by genealogists. The book has been updated to reflect: new and updated websites; improved strategies for locating, accessing, evaluating, and applying data; and the latest technological details-hardware, software, and other tools.
About the Author
George G. Morgan is the president of Aha! Seminars, Inc., which provides training for libraries and genealogical societies. He is the author of six books and hundreds of articles on genealogy.
Table of Contents
Part I: Begin Your Family History Odyssey
Chapter 1. Why Explore Your Genealogy?
Chapter 2. Balance Traditional and Electronic Research
Chapter 3. Organize and Create Your Family Tree
Chapter 4. Place Your Ancestors into Context and Locate Vital Records
Chapter 5. Use Census Schedules and Records to Locate Your Ancestors
Chapter 6. Extend Your Research with Advanced Record Types
Chapter 7. Use the Many Types of Military Service Records
Chapter 8. Understand and Use Land and Property Records
Chapter 9. Locate and Use Immigration and Naturalization Records
Part II: Research Methods and Strategies
Chapter 10. Discover Where to Locate Documents About Your Family
Chapter 11. Learn How to Successfully Research Your Ancestors on the Internet
Chapter 12. Research and Verify Your Ancestors Using Genetic Genealogy (DNA)
Chapter 13. Follow Alternative Research Paths to Locate Difficult Records
Chapter 14. Plan a Very Successful Genealogical Research Trip
Chapter 15. Harness Technology for Your Genealogical Research