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How to Do Everything with Your Genealogy

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ISBN-10: 007223170X

ISBN-13: 9780072231700

Edition: 2004

Authors: George G. Morgan

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With this book, learn the best methods for tracing your ancestors and tracking down important family facts plus how to compile, assemble and preserve all the data you uncover.
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List price: $24.99
Copyright year: 2004
Publisher: McGraw-Hill Osborne
Publication date: 3/31/2004
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 512
Size: 7.25" wide x 9.00" long x 1.25" tall
Weight: 1.892
Language: English

George G. Morgan is president of Aha! Seminars, Inc. In addition to his extensive responsibilities with Aha! Seminars, Inc., George is an avid genealogist. His interest began at age ten when he and his paternal grandmother and aunt divulged his paternal history extending back before the American Revolution. In the years since then, George's genealogical research has expanded to include all the branches of his family tree and he has investigated leads in materials in all sorts of places. Libraries, archives, and courthouses are among his favorite haunts, but he will leave no stone unturned, even to the point of tracking down the original 1914 newspapers containing his great-grandparents' obituaries in a records retention facility owned by a county board of education. He is a master in working with and understanding all types of genealogical record types in the U.S., Canada, the United Kingdom, and Australia. With the advent of electronic research materials, he has become an recognized expert in using software programs, databases, Internet resources, online databases, Internet genealogical mailing lists and message boards, search engines, directories, subscription databases, and all the major online services around the world.George is the author of seven landmark genealogy books. These include: The Genealogy Forum on America Online: The Official User's Guide; the award winning Your Family Reunion: How to Plan It, Organize It, and Enjoy It, both published by Ancestry Publishing. His award-wining book, How to Do Everything with Your Genealogy, published by McGraw-Hill as part of the highly successful "How to Do Everything" series, is now available in the fulluy updates SEcond Edition. This book is one of the best-selling genealogy "how-to" genealogy books published in the last 20 years! George has also written the first and second editions of The Official Guide to Ancestry.com. His Genealogical Research in the Major Repositories of London, published through Lulu.com (http://www.lulu.com), a print on demand publisher, has sold hundreds of copies. George is a prolific writer in other areas as well. He began in 1996 by writing the award-winning weekly online genealogy column, "Along Those Lines ..." that appeared first in the Genealogy Forum on America Online and then exclusively at the Ancestry.com Web site from January 2000 to March 2006, and additional columns for Ancestry Daily News. He also appears weekly in the Plus Edition of Eastman's Online Weekly Newsletter (at http://blog.eogn.com/), at the bi-monthly electronic genealogy magazine, Digital Genealogist Genealogist (at http://www.digitalgenealogist.com/), in the Ancestry Weekly Journal at Ancestry.com, and at other online venues. He has written literally hundreds of articles for genealogy print magazines: Ancestry Magazine, the Association of Genealogists Quarterly, Discovering Family History, Everton's GenealogicalHelper, Family Chronicle Magazine, Family Tree Magazine, the Federation of Genealogical Societies FORUM, Genealogical Computing (published by Ancestry Publishing), Heritage Quest Magazine, Internet Genealogy, the NGS News Magazine, and Southern Queries Magazine. His other online venues over the last decade have included Sony Communications' Emazing.com "Genealogy Tip of the Day" and a stint with ChineseRoots.com. George is a popular speaker at international genealogical conferences and has presented all across the United States in national, state, and local conference. He also has presented in Canada, in the U.K., and on several international genealogical cruises. His range of genealogical interests and speaking topics is among the most diverse among the genealogical speaking community. He is available to travel anywhere and will customize presentation topics to the audience. His genealogical presentation topics can be found in the current catalog at htt

Acknowledgmentsp. xvii
Introductionp. xix
Begin Your Family History Odyssey
Why Explore Your Genealogy?p. 3
Start at the Beginning: Yourself and Your Familyp. 5
Discover Sources of Information in Your Own Homep. 7
Vital Recordsp. 7
Religious Recordsp. 9
Personal or Family Biblep. 10
Photograph Albumsp. 11
Scrapbooksp. 11
Lettersp. 12
Diaries and Journalsp. 12
Family Historiesp. 13
Local Historiesp. 13
Baby Booksp. 13
Marriage Booksp. 15
Funeral Books and Memorial Cardsp. 15
Identification Documentsp. 16
Immigration Papersp. 16
Naturalization Papersp. 17
Land Recordsp. 18
Military Recordsp. 18
Directoriesp. 18
Religious Publicationsp. 18
School Recordsp. 18
Employment Recordsp. 19
Search for the Less-Than-Obvious Itemsp. 19
Interview All Your Relativesp. 20
Consider Several Types of Interviewp. 21
Schedule Interviews for Best Resultsp. 22
Ask the Right Questionsp. 23
Use the Right Equipment for Your Interviewsp. 24
Set the Tone of the Interviewp. 24
Don't Forget the "Thank You"p. 25
Begin to Organize What You Findp. 25
Summaryp. 26
Create Your Family Treep. 27
Evaluate Primary vs. Secondary Sourcesp. 28
Birth Certificatesp. 29
Marriage Certificatesp. 29
Obituariesp. 30
Cemetery Markersp. 31
Bible Entriesp. 33
Recognize and Evaluate Original vs. Derivative Sourcesp. 34
Transcriptionp. 34
Extractp. 34
Abstractp. 35
Apply Critical Thinking Skills to Your Genealogical Researchp. 36
Place Your Ancestors into Contextp. 37
Format Names, Dates, and Locations Correctlyp. 38
Record Namesp. 38
Record Datesp. 39
Record Locationsp. 39
Work with Pedigree Chartsp. 40
Work with Family Group Sheetsp. 42
How to Handle Multiple Family Units with a Common Spousep. 43
How to Handle Non-traditional Family Unitsp. 44
How to Handle Adopted Childrenp. 44
Create Source Citations for Your Datap. 44
Select a Family Tree Formatp. 47
Place Your Ancestors into Context and Locate Vital Recordsp. 51
Place Your Ancestors into Contextp. 52
Become a Student of Historyp. 54
Family Historiesp. 54
County and Local Historiesp. 55
State and Provincial Historiesp. 56
National and World Historyp. 58
Use Maps to Locate the Right Place to Researchp. 59
Avoid Wasted Time and Energyp. 60
Use Maps for Multiple Purposesp. 61
Use a Methodology that Worksp. 62
Maps Can Equal Successp. 68
Locate Birth, Marriage, and Death Recordsp. 68
Locate the Birth Certificatep. 70
Find Marriage Licenses and Certificatesp. 75
Research Divorce Recordsp. 79
Locate Death Certificatesp. 79
Create an Ancestor Profilep. 82
Start with What You Knowp. 84
Establish the Person's Location Throughout Their Lifep. 86
Add Other People to the Profilep. 86
Add Historical and Social Eventsp. 87
Add Personal Eventsp. 87
Read, Review, and Revise the Profilep. 88
Use Census Schedules and Records to Locate Your Ancestorsp. 89
Learn About Population Census Recordsp. 90
Understand and Work with United States Census Recordsp. 91
Caveats About Census Records and How to Work with Themp. 108
Understand and Work with British Census Recordsp. 109
Understand and Work with Canadian Census Recordsp. 114
Locate Additional Information on the Censusesp. 117
Further Your Research with Advanced Record Typesp. 125
Expand Your Family's Storyp. 126
Use Ecclesiastical Recordsp. 126
Locate the Right Institutionp. 127
Determine What Records They Might Have Createdp. 127
Locate the Records Todayp. 128
Gain Access to the Recordsp. 129
Interpret, Evaluate, and Place the Records into Perspectivep. 131
Consider a Variety of Ecclesiastical Recordsp. 131
Obtain and Analyze Mortuary and Funeral Home Recordsp. 132
Read Between the Lines in Obituariesp. 134
Locate and Delve into Cemetery Recordsp. 136
Search for Other Death-Related Documentsp. 141
Get Inside Your Ancestor's Mind Using Wills and Probate Recordsp. 141
Understand the Meaning of a Will and Testamentp. 141
The Probate Process Definedp. 145
Learn What a Will Can Tell You--Literally and by Implicationp. 149
Examine the Contents of a Probate Packetp. 150
Watch for Clues and Pointers in the Probate Packetp. 151
You Really Want to Examine Documents Yourselfp. 155
Locate and Obtain Copies of Wills and Probate Documentsp. 156
Obtain Information from the Social Security Administration and Railroad Retirement Boardp. 156
Consider Other Institutional Record Typesp. 160
Use Records of Military Service and Land Documentsp. 161
Consider Military and Property Recordsp. 162
Expand Your Knowledge of the Military Servicesp. 164
Investigate Military History for the Appropriate Time Periodp. 165
Identify Possible Sources for Military Recordsp. 167
Locate Military Records in the United Statesp. 168
Locate Canadian Military Recordsp. 171
Locate Military Records in the United Kingdomp. 173
Examine Samples of Military Recordsp. 178
Enlistment and Draft Registration Recordsp. 178
Military Muster Rolls and Pay Recordsp. 180
Educational and Training Recordsp. 180
Station and Duty Assignment Ordersp. 182
Promotions and Commissionsp. 183
Discharge and Separation Recordsp. 185
Death and Burial Recordsp. 191
Learn from Military Penion Recordsp. 193
Understand and Use Land and Property Recordsp. 195
Land and Property Records in the United Statesp. 195
Learn About the Organization of State and Federal Landsp. 196
Places to Locate Land and Property Recordsp. 204
Land and Property Records in Canadap. 206
Land and Property Records in the United Kingdomp. 210
Place Your Ancestors into Context with Property Recordsp. 213
Locate and Use Immigration and Naturalization Recordsp. 215
Expand Your Family's Storyp. 216
Why Do People Migrate?p. 216
Locate and Use Immigration and Naturalization Recordsp. 218
Our Ancestors Came on Shipsp. 219
Learn About the History of Ships' Passenger Listsp. 221
Use Strategies for Determining Your Ancestor's Shipp. 235
Use Other Strategies for Determining Your Ancestor's Place of Originp. 237
Understand the Naturalization Processp. 240
Work Immigration and Naturalization Records in Tandemp. 248
Research Methods and Strategies
Discover Where to Locate Documents About Your Familyp. 251
Determine Where to Look for Different Document Typesp. 253
Use Indexes, Compilations, and Other Finding Aidsp. 254
Indexesp. 254
Compilationsp. 260
Other Finding Aidsp. 262
Use Libraries and Archivesp. 262
Learn to Use the Library Catalogp. 263
Start with What Has Already Been Donep. 264
The Library of Congress Online Catalogp. 267
What Is a MARC Record and Why Do I Care?p. 268
Locate Online Catalogs Worldwidep. 269
Use the LDS Family History Centerp. 270
Trace and Locate Documents That Have Been Movedp. 271
Consult Reference Booksp. 272
Locate the Repository on the Internetp. 273
Contact the Repositoryp. 274
Seek Help from a State, Provincial, or National Library or Archivep. 275
Contact Genealogical and Historical Societies at All Levelsp. 275
Engage a Professional Researcherp. 276
Deal with Closed or Limited Access to Materialsp. 276
Be Prepared to Provide Proof of Your Relationshipp. 277
Offer to Pay All the Expensesp. 277
Provide Letters of Authorization or Permission to Accessp. 278
Escalate Your Requestp. 278
Invoke the Use of the Freedom of Information Actp. 278
Obtain a Court Orderp. 279
Order Document Copies by Snail-mail and E-mailp. 279
Keep Track of Your Correspondencep. 282
Use a Research Logp. 284
Summaryp. 284
Locate Your Ancestors on the Internetp. 285
Add Internet Resources to Your Research Toolkitp. 286
Categorize the Three Major Categories of Internet Resourcesp. 287
Categorize the Major Types of Genealogical Web Page Resourcesp. 288
Understand the Concept of Internet Domain Namesp. 299
Learn a Little More About Web Addressesp. 302
Strategies for Accessing Sites Whose Addresses May Have Changedp. 304
Web Sites Whose Addresses Have Changedp. 304
Discontinued Sitesp. 305
Structure Effective Searches to Locate Informationp. 306
Define the Difference Between Search Engines and Directoriesp. 306
Visit the Best Site on the Web to Learn About Search Engines and Directoriesp. 309
Select a "Comfortable" Search Engine and Really Get to Know Itp. 310
Structure Effective Searches to Locate Informationp. 312
Learn How to Really Use Yahoo!p. 312
Use a Search Engine to Get Great Resultsp. 316
Use Other Really Helpful Search Enginesp. 322
Use Message Boards to Share Information and Collaborate with Othersp. 322
What Is a Mailing List?p. 323
What Is a Message Board?p. 326
Write Effective Messages and Postings That Get Resultsp. 330
Locate and Use Additional Resources in Your Researchp. 333
Online Map Resourcesp. 333
Dictionariesp. 335
Language Translationp. 336
Historical and Biographical Resourcesp. 337
Calendarsp. 337
People Finders and Telephone Directoriesp. 338
Access the Resources of the "Hidden" Internetp. 338
Apply the Rules of Evidence to Resources on the Internet: Primary vs. Secondary and Original vs. Derivative Sourcesp. 342
Use All the Resources at Your Disposal in Tandemp. 342
Define the Challengep. 342
Consider What Record Types Might Help Usp. 343
Prepare a New, Integrated Research Planp. 347
Follow Alternative Research Paths to Locate Difficult Recordsp. 349
Recognize When You Have a Hit a "Brick Wall"p. 350
Identify the Symptoms of a Brick Wallp. 350
Take a Fresh Look at Old Documentationp. 354
Re-evaluate the Quality of Your Sourcesp. 355
Widen the Scope of Your Search to Include New and Different Sourcesp. 358
Use Photographs in Your Family Researchp. 359
Learn About the Types of Photographsp. 360
Date Photographs Using Clothing and Hair Fashionsp. 365
Develop an Ancestor Profile or Timelinep. 367
Start with What You Knowp. 368
Add Personal Events to the Profilep. 371
Learn About Other People in Your Ancestor's Lifep. 371
Add Historical Events to Your Ancestor Profilep. 373
Look at the Entire Picture--for the First Timep. 373
Switch to Another Family Member to Bypass Your Roadblockp. 374
Seek Help from Libraries, Archives, Museums, and Societiesp. 374
Engage the Help of a Professional Researcherp. 376
Locate a Qualified Professional Genealogical Researcherp. 376
Define the Scope of the Work to Be Performedp. 378
Establish Guidelines, Goals, and Milestonesp. 379
Document the Relationshipp. 379
Conclude the Relationshipp. 380
Plan a Very Successful Genealogical Research Tripp. 381
Work Like a Professional Researcherp. 382
Determine the Scope of Your Tripp. 382
Develop a Research Planp. 384
Plan Your Time Effectivelyp. 388
Obtain Information about the Area You Will Be Visitingp. 389
Make Hotel Reservations in Advancep. 390
Search the Web for Libraries and Archivesp. 391
Search the Web for Government Offices and Departmentsp. 394
Search Web for Genealogical and Historical Societiesp. 395
Contact Religious Institutionsp. 395
Locate the Cemeteries Where Ancestors May Be Interredp. 396
Contact Schools, Colleges, and Universitiesp. 396
Make Appointments in Advancep. 397
Set Up a Schedulep. 397
Take the Right Tools with Youp. 399
Pack the Right Clothing for the Activitiesp. 400
Select Other Tools for Outdoor Workp. 400
Choose Supplies for Recording Informationp. 401
Consider Taking Some Additional Toolsp. 404
To Rub or Not to Rubp. 405
Don't Forget the Money!p. 406
Cover the On-site Territory Effectivelyp. 407
Perform a Daily Reassessmentp. 407
Automate Your Genealogy with Hardware, Software, and Databases
Select Hardware, Software, and Accessories to Aid Your Workp. 411
Determine What You Will Be Doing with Your Genealogyp. 412
Identify the Components of a Strong Computer Systemp. 413
Understand What's "Inside the Box"p. 414
Assess Your Communications Needsp. 418
Determine Which Printer, Scanner, and Photography Equipment Is Right for Youp. 419
Evaluate Printer Optionsp. 420
Consider Adding a Scanner to Your Systemp. 421
Evaluate and Comparison Shop Digital Still and Video Camera Equipmentp. 422
Choose Other Software to Help Support Your Genealogical Workp. 423
Anti-virus Softwarep. 424
Word Processorsp. 426
Spreadsheetsp. 426
Web Browsersp. 427
Adobe Acrobatp. 429
E-mail Optionsp. 430
Graphics Editing Softwarep. 430
Integrate Portable and Handheld Electronic Equipment into Your Researchp. 432
Notebooks, Scanners, Printers, and Data Communicationsp. 432
Global Positioning Systemp. 435
Become Acquainted with Personal Data Assistants (PDAs)p. 437
Investigate General PDA Software Optionsp. 438
Consider Genealogical Software Programs for the PDAp. 439
Explore Other Genealogy Utility Programs for Your PDAp. 443
Don't Be Overwhelmed!p. 444
Select and Use a Genealogical Database Program to Store Datap. 445
Find a Genealogical Database Programp. 446
Learn the Basics About Genealogical Database Software Programsp. 448
Data Entry Capabilitiesp. 449
Vital Records Informationp. 450
Support for Many Types of Facts and Eventsp. 452
Master Sources and Source Citationsp. 452
Physical and Medical Datap. 454
Notesp. 454
Multimedia Capabilitiesp. 457
Search and Filter Resultsp. 457
Reporting Capabilitiesp. 457
Import and Export of GEDCOMs and Other Filesp. 458
Publishing Functionsp. 459
Find Out What Genealogical Database Programs Are Availablep. 460
Ancestral Questp. 461
Brother's Keeperp. 461
Family Historianp. 461
Family Tree Makerp. 462
HEREDISp. 463
Legacy Family Treep. 463
The Master Genealogistp. 463
Personal Ancestral Filep. 464
Reunionp. 464
RootsMagicp. 465
Other Genealogy Database Softwarep. 466
Supplemental Genealogical Programsp. 466
Determine Which Features You Needp. 467
Exchange GEDCOMs with Other Researchersp. 468
Upload Your GEDCOM File to an Online Databasep. 470
Publish Your Family History in Printed Formp. 471
Understand Copyright and Trademark Lawsp. 471
Publish Your Data on the Webp. 472
Keep on Researching!p. 472
Indexp. 473
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