Table of Contents for Genealogy Online


Acknowledgments xxi
Introduction xxiii
PART I The Basics
1 Beginning a Genealogy Project
3(32)
Organize from the Beginning
4(7)
Your System
5(1)
A Baker's Dozen of Free Forms
6(2)
Sources of Information Are Varied
8(2)
Adventures in Genealogy
10(1)
References to Have at Hand
11(1)
Analyze and Repeat
12(1)
Know Your Terms
13(2)
If It's on the Internet, Is it True?
15(7)
How to Judge
18(4)
Look Far and Wide
22(1)
Standards of Genealogical Research
22(1)
Sources That Can Help a Genealogical Researcher
23(1)
Keep Careful Records
24(1)
How to Write a Query
25(2)
Documentation
27(1)
Backup
28(1)
Pick at Least One System
28(1)
Publishing Your Findings
29(4)
Caveats
31(1)
Your Family's Coat of Arms
32(1)
Wrapping Up
33(2)
2 Software You'll Need
35(26)
Look Ma, No Wires!
36(2)
Back Up Your Data
37(1)
Software
38(9)
Which Browser Should I Use?
38(1)
Genealogy Programs
39(8)
Smartphone and PDA Applications
47(5)
Personal Digital Assistants
47(3)
Smart Phones
50(2)
Additional Programs
52(6)
Organization Programs
52(1)
Database CD-ROMs
53(1)
Word-Processing Programs
54(1)
Maps
54(1)
E-mail
54(2)
Viruses and Worms
56(2)
Publishing on the Internet
58(1)
Turning a GEDCOM into HTML
58(1)
HTML Editors
58(1)
Websites
58(1)
Blogging
59(1)
Wrapping Up
59(2)
3 Genealogy Education
61(20)
Teach Yourself, Be Taught, or Do Both
62(10)
Teaching Yourself: Columns, Podcasts, and Blogs
63(3)
Eastman's Online Genealogy Newsletter
66(1)
Other Blogs and Feeds
67(5)
Online Courses
72(2)
Family History Live Online
72(1)
Genealogy.com
73(1)
Brigham Young University
73(1)
National Institute for Genealogical Studies/University of Toronto
73(1)
Search College Sites for Other Courses
74(1)
Offline
74(6)
Professional Organizations
74(4)
Regional and Local Workshops and Seminars
78(2)
Wrapping Up
80(1)
4 Online Communities
81(16)
Manners Matter
82(3)
Civil Discourse
85(10)
Flames
86(1)
Read the Rules
86(1)
Getting Along
87(4)
Message Etiquette
91(2)
Don't Pass It On!
93(1)
Viruses and Other Electronic Wildlife
93(2)
Wrapping Up
95(2)
Be Safe and Polite on the Internet
95(2)
5 Ethics, Privacy, and Law in Genealogy
97(18)
Privacy
99(5)
Gormley's View
99(2)
DearMYRTLE's View
101(1)
Eastman's View
102(1)
A Contrarian View
103(1)
Copyright
104(3)
Some International Copyright Information Sites
105(1)
Protecting Yourself
106(1)
Other Matters
107(2)
Give Back
109(2)
NGS Standards
110(1)
Further Reading
110(1)
Wrapping Up
111(4)
PART II General Genealogy
6 Revving Up Search Engines
115(24)
Defining Terms
116(4)
Searching with Savoir Faire
120(1)
Using Boolean Terms
121(3)
The Boolean OR
121(1)
The Boolean AND
122(1)
The Boolean NOT
122(1)
Beyond AND/OR/NOT
123(1)
Search Sites
124(8)
Access Genealogy
124(1)
Ancestor Hunt
124(2)
Biography Guide
126(1)
Cyndi's List
126(1)
Free Genealogy Search Help for Google
126(1)
Genealogy Pages
127(1)
Genealogy Research Resources
127(1)
GeneaSearch.com
127(1)
GenGateway
128(1)
GenServ
128(2)
GenSource
130(1)
NedGen
130(1)
RootsWeb Search Thingy
131(1)
Surname Web
131(1)
WorldConnect
131(1)
General Search Sites
132(4)
Obituary Search Pages
136(1)
White Page Directories
136(1)
Wrapping Up
137(2)
7 Talk to Me: Twitter, Skype, IM, and Chat
139(18)
Twitter
140(9)
Replies and Mentions
142(2)
Hash Tags
144(2)
Twitter Commands
146(3)
Tweeting on Your Smart Phone
149(1)
Skype and Other VoIPs
149(2)
Instant Messaging
151(4)
AOL Instant Messenger
151(1)
Windows Live Messenger
151(2)
Yahoo! Messenger
153(1)
ICQ
153(2)
Internet Relay Chat
155(1)
Reach Out and Touch the World!
155(1)
Wrapping Up
156(1)
8 Genealogy Mail Lists, Newsletters, and Mail Groups
157(12)
Mailing Lists
159(5)
The Granddaddy of Genealogy Mail Lists
161(3)
Forums You Might Explore
164(4)
Finding More Mailing Lists
166(2)
Wrapping Up
168(1)
9 Social Networking
169(20)
A Few Definitions
170(1)
Social Networking 101
170(14)
Social Networking Services with Avatars: Second Life
177(2)
Coming to Terms with Second Life
179(5)
Google Wave: Do-It-Yourself Social Networking
184(3)
Wrapping Up
187(2)
10 Social Bookmarking and Tagging
189(16)
Pros and Cons
192(1)
A Short History of Social Bookmarking
192(2)
Hansel and Gretel on the World Wide Web
194(2)
Your Breadcrumbs
194(2)
Other Genealogists' Breadcrumbs
196(3)
Some Social Bookmark Sites to Explore
199(5)
Delicious
199(1)
Faves
199(2)
Netvouz
201(2)
Diigo
203(1)
Wrapping Up
204(1)
11 Blooging Your Genealogy, Sites, Software, and More
205(12)
Blogging Guidelines
206(1)
How to Blog Effectively
207(4)
Software and Services for Blogging
209(2)
Getting Started
211(1)
Time and Circumstances
212(2)
Wrapping up
214(3)
PART III The Nitty Gritty: Places to Find Names, Dates, and Places
12 Vital Records and Historical Documents
217(30)
Vital Records
219(4)
Library of Congress
223(5)
American Memory
225(1)
Research Tools
226(1)
American Treasures
226(1)
Using the Library of Congress
227(1)
The Library Today
227(1)
Research Tools
227(1)
National Archives and Records Administration
228(7)
Freedmen's Bureau
229(1)
Other NARA Areas to Explore
230(4)
Some Advice
234(1)
Government Land Office
235(1)
Land Patent Searches
235(1)
Census Records
236(2)
The U.S. Census Bureau
238(1)
CDs and Microfilms
238(1)
Online Searches
239(1)
Transcriptions
240(1)
Some Census Sites
240(3)
State and Local Sources
241(2)
Footnote
243(1)
Bible Records Online
244(1)
Internment.net
245(1)
Obituaries and SSDI
245(1)
Wrapping Up
246(1)
13 The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints
247(22)
FamilySearch Internet
248(2)
Types of Data
250(2)
Some Background
252(5)
International Genealogical Index
252(2)
Ancestral File
254(1)
Pedigree Resource File
254(1)
Social Security Death Index
255(1)
Using These Resources
255(2)
FamilySearch Labs
257(3)
FamilySearch Beta
257(1)
Record Search
258(1)
England Jurisdictions 1851
258(1)
Research Wiki
258(1)
Standard Finder
258(1)
Forums
259(1)
Community Trees
259(1)
FamilySearch Indexing
259(1)
A Tour of the Site
260(4)
Search Records
260(1)
Index Records
260(1)
Share
261(1)
Research Helps
261(1)
Library
261(2)
Help
263(1)
Freedman's Bank Records
264(1)
A Visit to a Family History Center
264(4)
WorldVitalRecords and Ancestry.com
265(2)
Kindred Konnections
267(1)
Godfrey Memorial Library
267(1)
Heritage Quest Online
267(1)
Footnote
267(1)
Other Services
268(1)
Wrapping Up
268(1)
14 Ellis Island Online: The American Family Immigration History Center
269(14)
Just for Genealogists
271(2)
Genealogy Getting Started Tips
271(1)
Genealogy Charts and Forms
271(1)
Locating a Genealogy Society
271(1)
Hiring a Professional Genealogist
272(1)
Helpful Websites for Genealogy Research
272(1)
Family History Center
272(1)
Using the Site
273(4)
Free vs. Paid Membership
273(1)
Searches
274(1)
Community Archives
275(1)
Ellis Island Family History
275(1)
Scrapbooks
275(1)
Visting in Person
276(1)
Morse's Forms
277(5)
White Form
278(1)
Gold Form
279(1)
Ellis Island Manifests
279(1)
Ship Lists
280(1)
Ellis Island Additional Details
280(1)
Other Forms
281(1)
Wrapping Up
282(1)
15 Online Library Card Catalogs and Services
283(16)
Connecting to OCCs by Web Browser
284(6)
The Library of Congress Card Catalog
286(1)
Library Holdings, Location, and Status Information
286(1)
Other Databases and Electronic Research Tools
287(3)
Where to Find More Online
290(1)
Card Catalogs
290(1)
Using Your Local Library Online
291(7)
PERiodical Source Index on Microfiche (PERSI)
291(5)
Other Library Online Services
296(2)
Wrapping Up
298(1)
16 International Genealogy Resources
299(20)
USCIS Genealogy Program Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
301(1)
Following the Past
302(3)
Beyond the Boat
302(3)
Translate a Site
305(1)
Country-Specific Sites
306(9)
Asian Genealogical Sites
306(1)
European Genealogical Sites
306(8)
North America
314(1)
A Success Story: German Ancestry Discovered
315(3)
Wrapping Up
318(1)
17 Ethnic Genealogy Resources
319(16)
Special Challenges
320(1)
African-American Genealogy
321(5)
AfriGeneas
321(3)
Africana Heritage
324(1)
More Good Resources
324(2)
Arab Genealogy
326(1)
Australia and New Zealand
326(1)
Caribbean Genealogy
327(1)
Creole/Cajun Genealogy
328(1)
Cuban Genealogy
329(1)
Doukhobors Genealogy
330(1)
Gypsy, Romani, Romany, and Travellers Genealogy
330(1)
Hmong Genealogy
330(1)
Quaker and Huguenot Genealogy
330(1)
Jewish Genealogy
331(1)
Sephardim Genealogy
331(1)
Native American Genealogy
332(1)
Melungeon Genealogy
332(2)
Wrapping Up
334(1)
18 The National Genealogical Society
335(8)
National Genealogical Society
336(6)
References for Researching
336(2)
Educational Courses
338(1)
Some Membership Benefits
338(1)
Publications and Videos
339(1)
Conferences and Events
340(1)
Awards and Competitions
340(1)
About NGS and Become a Member
341(1)
Members Only
341(1)
Wrapping Up
342(1)
19 Ancestry.com and RootsWeb
343(24)
Ancestry.com
345(1)
Ancestry.com Family Tree Maker
345(1)
Ancestry.com DNA
345(1)
RootsWeb
345(1)
MyCanvas
346(1)
MyFamily.com
346(1)
Ancestry.com
346(9)
Blogs to Watch
346(3)
Free Indexes
349(3)
Costs
352(1)
Family Trees & Connections Membership
353(1)
U.S. Deluxe
353(1)
World Deluxe
354(1)
RootsWeb
355(8)
Digging in RootsWeb
357(2)
Other Search Engines
359(1)
Research Templates
359(1)
Message Boards and Mailing Lists
360(1)
Newsletters
361(2)
MyFamily.com
363(1)
Genealogy.com
364(1)
Wrapping Up
365(2)
20 Genealogical Publishing Houses and Their Sites
367(18)
Avotaynu
370(1)
Genealogical Publishing Company
370(2)
Print-on-Demand Comes to Genealogical.com
371(1)
Family Roots Publishing
372(1)
Martin Genealogy Publishing
372(1)
Heritage Books
373(1)
Booklocker
374(1)
Lulu.com
375(1)
Universe.com
375(1)
Other Publishers to Consider
376(1)
Finding More
377(1)
A Success Story: A Gift of Biography
378(6)
Wrapping Up
384(1)
21 A Potpourri of Genealogy
385(28)
Alexa.com Top 20 Genealogy Sites (Early 2010)
386(3)
Golden Needles in the World Wide Haystack
389(9)
Adoption
389(2)
Beginners' "Classes," How-to Articles, Tips, and More
391(1)
Blogging and Genealogy Blogs
392(2)
Birth, Death, Marriage, and Other Records
394(1)
DNA
395(1)
Ethnic/National
396(2)
Historical Background
398(2)
Libraries
400(2)
Maps, Geography, and More
402(2)
Regional
404(1)
Starting Places
405(1)
Supplies, Books, Forms, and More
406(1)
A Closer Look
407(2)
ProGenealogists.com
407(1)
Cyndi's List
408(1)
DearMYRTLE
408(1)
Wrapping Up
409(4)
PART IV Appendixes
A Genealogical Standards and Guidelines from the National Genealogical Society
413(10)
Standards for Sound Genealogical Research
414(1)
Guidelines for Using Records Repositories and Libraries
415(2)
Standards for Use of Technology in Genealogical Research
417(1)
Standards for Sharing Information with Others
418(1)
Guidelines for Publishing Web Pages on the Internet
419(2)
Guidelines for Genealogical Self-Improvement and Growth
421(2)
B How to Find a Professional Genealogist
423(6)
Australia
426(1)
Canada
426(1)
England
426(1)
France
426(1)
Ireland
427(1)
New Zealand
427(1)
Scotland
427(1)
Set Terms
427(2)
Glossary 429(14)
Index 443