Discover Your Family History Online: A Step by Step Guide to Starting Your Genealogy Search

fnw3Technological 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

Records Checklist



Discover Your Family History Online: A Step by Step Guide to Starting Your Genealogy Search is available from Family Roots Publishing; Price: $24.49.


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