Technological advances have brought change to many fields of study, genealogy no less so than another. The speed of change itself has increased along with technology. The Internet key amongst these changes. Keeping up with new tools and resources can be difficult. Keeping up with change requires a constant effort. Author’s constantly need to update their material and publish new or updated books. Thus, a beginner’s guide to online genealogy is not likely to be just another copy of the one published last year. New authors are likely too have new ideas and new information to share. So it is with Discover Your Family History Online: A Step by Step Guide to Starting Your Genealogy Search, by Nancy Hendrickson.
The book begins with an education, or refresher, on the tools necessary to research on the web. Namely the early chapters cover computer techniques, web browsing, and search skills. Chapters are filled with examples, images and more.
“Inside you’ll find:
- An overview of where and how to start your family history research
- Detailed descriptions of the best online databases for family historians
- Hundreds of helpful websites to further your research
- Step-by-step search instructions to help you find exactly what you’re looking for
- Chapters dedicated to finding specific records, including birth, marriage and death; census; military; land; and immigration
- Case studies that apply key concepts to real-life searches
- Ideas for connecting with fellow researchers and distant relatives through social media, blogging and newsletters
- Special resources for researching American Indian, African-American and Jewish ancestors
- Plus access to bonus online video demonstrations”
About the Author
Nancy is the author of six books and multitudes of magazine and web articles. She is an Internet genealogy consultant and a teacher at Family Tree University. Hendrickson loves American history, and one would suppose from her efforts genealogy rank high on her list as well.
Chapter 1: Building Your Family Tree
Chapter 2: Computer Basics for the Online Genealogist
Chapter 3: Using Search Engines
Chapter 4: Online Databases
Chapter 5: Birth, Marriage, and Death Records
Chapter 6: Life During Your Ancestors’ Era
Chapter 7: Google for Genealogists
Chapter 8: Land Records
Chapter 9: The Census
Chapter 10: Military Records
Chapter 11: Finding Local Resources Online
Chapter 12: Tracing Immigrant and American Indian Ancestors
Chapter 13: Share What You’ve Found
Chapter 14: Putting it all to Work
Appendix A: American Indian Resources by Geographic Region
Appendix B: Tracing Jewish Ancestors by Schelly Talalay Dardashti
Appendix C: Tracing Slave Ancestors by Kenyatta D. Berry
Family Group Sheet
Discover Your Family History Online: A Step by Step Guide to Starting Your Genealogy Search is available from Family Roots Publishing; Price: $24.49.