Research your family's history without ever leaving the comfort of your home! AARP Genealogy Online: Tech to Connect provides you with the know-how to research your family's history using the latest and greatest online tools and resources. From using social networking to tracking family members to using new genealogical software for the first time, this fun-but-straightforward guide is an ideal starting point for beginners who are interested in tracking their ancestry and family history with ease and enjoyment. Covers everything you need to know about starting a genealogical research project, beginning with where and how to find interesting information Shares tips for communicating with other online genealogists, building a simple website that can be used for sharing information with other family members, and using public access catalogs Assumes no prior knowledge of doing genealogical research Offers the opportunity to obtain free genealogical database access as well as free genealogical software tools, including versions of Legacy Family Tree and Personal Ancestral Files Features task-oriented tutorials arranged in such a way to make it easy to find material and achieve success Interested in finding your roots? AARP Genealogy Online: Tech to Connect helps intrigued researchers build an effective genealogy database to connect with their past and share it with the future.
Full Product DetailsAuthor: April Leigh Helm , Matthew L. Helm
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons Inc
Imprint: John Wiley & Sons Inc
Dimensions: Width: 18.60cm , Height: 1.20cm , Length: 23.40cm
ISBN 10: 1118244052
Publication Date: 22 June 2012
Audience: General/trade , General
Publisher's Status: Active
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Table of ContentsIntroduction 1 About This Book 1 Who This Book Is For 3 Conventions 3 How This Book Is Organized 4 Chapter 1: Writing Your Autobiography with arcalife 7 Creating a Free arcalife Registration 8 Controlling Privacy Settings 9 Noting Memories on the Site 10 Listing Experiences 12 Assembling Your Online Autobiography 14 Chapter 2: Creating an Online Family Tree 15 Starting a New, Online Family Tree 16 Adding Facts to a Profile 19 Citing Sources 21 Adding Media 23 Leaving Comments for Visitors 27 Reviewing Hints 28 Connecting with Other Members 29 Chapter 3: Building Your Family Tree with RootsMagic 31 Installing RootsMagic Essentials 32 Entering Family Data 34 Citing All Your Sources 38 Generating a Family Tree Chart 40 Creating a GEDCOM File to Export Your Data 42 Chapter 4: Using Web Search Engines 45 Searching for Phrases at Google 46 Targeting Your Search Using Google 48 Learning Additional Search Tricks 50 Comparing Results at Bing 53 Using Metasearch Engines 54 Performing Genealogically Focused Searches 55 Chapter 5: Exploring Ancestry.com 57 Initiating the Free Trial 58 Searching All Records 60 Dealing with Search Results 65 Browsing the Card Catalog71 Messaging Other Genealogists 73 Learning More about Genealogy 75 Exploring the Wiki 76 Chapter 6: Using FamilySearch 77 Creating a FamilySearch Account 78 Searching Historical Records 80 Browsing by Location 84 Discovering Family Trees 87 Using the Library Catalog 90 Viewing Scanned Books 92 Volunteering to Index 95 Chapter 7: Gleaning Government Records 97 Identifying Sites with Government Records 98 Discovering the Civil War Soldiers and Sailors System 100 Buying Into the General Land Office 103 Coming to Ellis Island 106 Exploring the Online Public Access System at the National Archives 110 Chapter 8: Using Geographical Records and Maps 115 Searching for Geography-Based Records 116 Using a Current Online Map 118 Finding a Location with a Gazetteer 120 Seeing the World through Google Earth 122 Distinguishing Landforms with Topographic Maps 125 Downloading a Map from the U.S. Geological Survey 127 Chapter 9: Mapping Land Records at HistoryGeo.com 129 Registering for a Free Account at HistoryGeo.com 130 Learning about the HistoryGeo Map Viewer 132 Updating Your Profile 134 Working with Other Researchers 135 Chapter 10: Looking at Specialized Online Collections 137 Registering at Fold3 138 Searching Fold3 for Military Records 140 Viewing Images on Fold3 142 Sharing Records at Fold3 148 Reviewing Archives.com 150 Chapter 11: Exploring Local Resources 155 Exploring GenealogyBank 156 Finding Local Histories by Way of Google Books 160 Looking for Books on WorldCat 164 Paying Respects at Find A Grave 168 Hunting for a Genealogical Society 170 Chapter 12: Connecting with Family Historians on Facebook 171 Joining Facebook 172 Creating a Genealogy List 174 Finding New Friends and Adding Them to Your Genealogy List 176 Posting Questions and Statuses 178 Communicating One-on-One 180 Organizing a Research Group 181 Uploading Photos 183 Chapter 13: Testing Your DNA 185 Learning about DNA Testing 186 Ordering a DNA Testing Kit 188 Interpreting Y-DNA Results 190 Comparing mtDNA 193 Finding Your Ancestors with the Family Finder Test 195 Chapter 14: Using Your iPad for Genealogy Research 197 Downloading an App 198 Using the Ancestry App 201 Recording Interviews 204 Positioning Yourself Using MotionX 207 Noting Facts with Evernote 211 Uploading Your Finds from iPad to Computer 214 Index 215
Matthew L. Helm and April Leigh Helm have shared an interest in researching family history for more than 20 years and manage several online resources, including HistoryKat.com and GenealogyToolbox.com. They are also the authors of Genealogy Online For Dummies.
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