How to Uncover Your Genealogy

How to Uncover Your Genealogy

How to Uncover Your Genealogy – Hone your Research Skills with Genealogy Online for Dummies Learning about a person’s ancestors, or genealogy, has long been a difficult challenge, even for people who do it for a living.

But when the internet came along and information exploded, traditional genealogists found themselves joining the technology revolution.

Easier access to information about individuals and families has brought a flood of novices into the field of genealogical research. Even when they don’t know how to go about doing the research, they are usually familiar with the technology – e-mail, web browsing, blogs, and the host of web opportunities available today.

For those newcomers to genealogical research with a
Passion for technology and genealogy is a fascinating and rewarding pursuit.

The first obstacle is likely to be finding and following the information you need. It’s hard to know which information and materials are going to pay off. It’s easy to get discouraged as a novice genealogist, but don’t give up. There’s always a solution. All you have to do is learn more about the process.

“For Dummies” books have become very popular over the last several years, and they’re dominating genealogical research today. “Genealogy Online” by April Leigh Helm and Matthew L. Helm is the latest offering, and it has five parts that are very helpful in helping you find your way to your family’s history.

Useful for both beginners and pros, Parts 1 and 2 of “Genealogy Online” offer valuable tips for conducting genealogical research, including areas like ethnic research, geography, surnames, and government records.

But Part 4 is the most important and helpful part of  this book. It contains information about:

– 10 leading genealogical publications available on the internet
– 10 guidelines on designing a genealogy webpage
– 10 ways to do productive, rewarding genealogical research
– Yellow pages with important genealogical websites and website descriptions

You’ll get more out of your web searches and surfing when you use the section on search engines outlining great ways to better get information through robots and spiders. For example, a common mistake of beginners is to type the surname alone into a search engine. They’re surprised when the get a lot of irrelevant responses that make it harder to find the important sites. Following the tips in “Online Genealogy” will help avoid this frustration.

The book is also available on CD, and this helps make best use of the variety of shareware and commercial programs, whether for Mac or Windows, and tools that genealogists use frequently.

While you can’t find everything you need on web sites or with computers, “Online Genealogy” gives helpful information on doing research the old-fashioned way with books.

Beginning genealogists give this book high marks, expressing gratitude for its focus on research planning and how to use a computer to do the work.

“Online Genealogy” offers a gem in pointing users to the Bureau of Land Management’s database of land patents, inherited from the old General Land Office. Through that database, genealogists can find and download copies of early ancestor’s old land patents.

Even experienced genealogists praise “Online Genealogy,” reporting it helped them build new skills and improve their results in genealogical research. Citing better ways to preserve old photographs and notes, these seasoned pros also appreciated tips and strategies on planning travel for effective genealogical research.

Today, having “Online Genealogy” as a resource, beginners are dummies no more.

Regards, Coyalita

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