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Genealogical research on the Web
Kovacs, Diane K. (Diane Kaye), 1962-
Publication Information:
New York : Neal-Schuman Publishers, [2002]

Physical Description:
xix, 194 pages : illustrations ; 28 cm.
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Not just another listing of genealogical sites, this dynamic guide-based on the author's popular workshops-shows how to unearth an amazing array of genealogical gold on the Web. Both amateur and professional researchers have marveled at how useful the Web can be for those with "Kovacs know-how." The author shares her best tips, techniques, and resources, including URLs and passwords for informative Web-based activities. Web forms for each activity allow you to report your progress and receive further tips. Here's just some of what researchers will learn: when to travel and when you can research from home; who to involve and how; what resources and techniques to avoid; how to connect with experts and key libraries; the best tools and sites for different stages of research.

Reviews 2

Booklist Review

The first section of this book by an experienced reference librarian and Internet trainer addresses the basics of using the Internet for genealogical research. Next is a discussion of the top 10 genealogical tools on the Internet, followed by a chapter on networking with other genealogists. There is also a section exploring some specialized areas of genealogy. Each chapter ends with a tutorial composed of several activities, typically involving visits to Web sites. The reader may register for free at the companion Web site, which will provide frequently updated hyperlinks. The author is even available via e-mail for assistance. Librarians are invited to download and adapt the tutorials (standard HTML-based Web pages) for staff or patron training. All in all, this is one work that serves a variety of users as well as uses and should be of interest wherever genealogists are to be found. RBB.

Choice Review

Kovacs, a consultant-trainer (formerly a librarian at Kent State Univ.) has designed this book with both librarians and general readers in mind. Its four main sections cover topics ranging from the basic level to specialized Web sites; each provides several activities for readers to perform online to familiarize them with various tools or databases. The second section discusses Kovacs's choice of the ten best genealogical sources on the Web in some detail; many other useful sites are mentioned in the book. Among the other helpful books on the subject (e.g., Matthew L. Helm and April Leigh Helm's Genealogy Online for Dummies, 3rd ed., 2001), what distinguishes Kovacs's volume is that it comes with a person rather than an interactive CD-ROM: readers are encouraged to use a companion Web site, which permits them to register, use an online tutorial, and query the author for guidance or feedback. Among other features of the book are numerous illustrations (including computer screen prints), genealogical success stories, a bibliography of links, a glossary of 45 terms, and an index. Librarians who have followed this book's tutorial should be more confident dealing with genealogical queries. General and professional readers. J. A. Drobnicki CUNY York College

Table of Contents

Gene StrattonJames SwanDeborah KeenerSandra Yorkell-ParkerBeth A. StahrJames SwanCarol TaylorLarry NaukamDeborah Keener
List of Figuresp. ix
Forewordp. xi
Acknowledgmentsp. xiii
Prefacep. xv
Part 1. How to Get Started: The Basics of Genealogical Research on the Internetp. 1
What Is Genealogical and Family History Research?p. 1
Why Do People Do Genealogical Research?p. 4
How Does the Internet Support Genealogical Research?p. 4
Are There Things the Internet Cannot Do for the Genealogical Researcher?p. 7
What Hardware and Software Do I Need to Get Started?p. 8
How Do I Begin a Genealogical Research Project on the Internet?p. 8
Understanding Documentation and Verification of Sourcesp. 11
How Do I Evaluate Genealogical Data on the Internet and Verify Sources?p. 18
How Should Librarians and Researchers Conduct a Genealogy Reference Interview?p. 22
Referencesp. 31
Success Story 1.1 Using Old-Fashioned Research Methods with Web-Based Information Technologyp. 23
Success Story 1.2 The Challenges of Interviewing Genealogical Researchersp. 30
Activity 1.1 Beginning a Family History Projectp. 32
Activity 1.2 Establishing What You Know and What You Need to Know About Your Familyp. 33
Activity 1.3 Evaluating Genealogical Data Published on the Internet and Verifying Sourcesp. 35
Part 2. How to Find and Use Basic Genealogical Reference and Documentation Tools on the Webp. 37
The Ten Best Genealogical Reference and Documentation Tools on the Webp. 37
1. Social Security Death Records (various Web sites)p. 45
2. Vital Records Information for All States and Territories of the United States and Internationalp. 50
3. FamilySearchp. 51
4. American Family Immigration History Centerp. 54
5. RootsWeb Genealogical Data Cooperativep. 56
6. USGenWeb Projectp. 58
7. Ancestry.comp. 60
8. GENDEX - WWW Genealogical Indexp. 61
9. Cyndi's Genealogy Homepagep. 62
10. NARA National Archives and Records Administration Genealogy Pagep. 63
Other Useful Genealogical Reference Sitesp. 63
Referencesp. 65
Success Story 2.1 Using Genealogical Reference Tools on the Webp. 52
Activity 2.1 Identifying Recent Ancestors in the Social Security Death Master File Indexes at Ancestry.Com and RootsWebp. 67
Activity 2.2 Locating Vital Records Information for All States and Territories of the United States, Canada, and Other Internationalp. 69
Activity 2.3 Searching the FamilySearch and American Family Immigration History Center Databasesp. 70
Activity 2.4 Using and Comparing the RootsWeb, Cyndi's List, and the SurnameWeb Metasitesp. 72
Activity 2.5 Exploring The USGenWeb Projectp. 74
Activity 2.6 Comparing and FamilyTreeMaker.comp. 75
Activity 2.7 Locating A Family Name in the GENDEX--Index to Family History Web Pages and the RootsWeb World Connect Databasep. 76
Activity 2.8 Browsing the United States Historical Census Data Browserp. 77
Part 3. How to Network with Living Family Members and/or Fellow Genealogical Researchersp. 79
Finding Your Living Family Members and/or Fellow Genealogical Researchersp. 79
Exploring Genealogical Discussion Lists, Newsgroups, Web Boards, and Chatsp. 83
Using E-mail to Communicate, Netiquette, and Asking the Right Questionsp. 83
Communicating with Your Non-Internet Connected Family Membersp. 87
Using the Internet to Plan Your Genealogical Research Correspondence and Travelp. 88
Genealogical and Historical Societies and Organizationsp. 88
Libraries, Archives, Museums, and Monumentsp. 90
E-Archivesp. 92
Library and Archives Web Sitesp. 93
NARA National Archives and Records Administrationp. 96
Using Courthouses and Other Local Government Documents Archivesp. 100
Using Cemeteries, Churches, and Other Religious
Organizationsp. 102
Travel Resourcesp. 103
Exploring Special Genealogical Communications Topic: Adoptees and Birth Parent Searchesp. 104
Putting Your Family History Information on the Web--GEDCOM filesp. 105
Referencesp. 109
Success Story 3.1 Pursuing Old Family Stories Through the Webp. 81
Success Story 3.2 Finding My Cousin and Sharing Our Family History Research Onlinep. 82
Success Story 3.3 How the Making of America Project Helped Solve a Family Puzzlep. 91
Activity 3.1 Interviewing the Familyp. 110
Activity 3.2 Finding Family Members and/or Fellow Genealogical Researchersp. 111
Activity 3.3 Learning from the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) Genealogy Page and the NARA Archival Information Locator (NAIL)p. 113
Activity 3.4 Researching with the Making of America Project--University of Michigan and Cornell Universityp. 115
Part 4. How to Locate International, African American, and Native American Ancestors; Heraldry and Lineage Societiesp. 117
International Genealogical Researchp. 119
African American Genealogical Researchp. 126
Native American Genealogical Researchp. 131
Heraldryp. 136
Lineage Societiesp. 140
Referencesp. 142
Success Story 4.1 Networking and Data-Sharing with Living Relatives in Europe and the U.S.p. 143
Success Story 4.2 How African American and Native American Genealogy Researchers Begin with Internet Research Toolsp. 146
Activity 4.1 Locating Internet Resources for International Genealogical Researchp. 147
Activity 4.2 Researching African American Genealogy on the Internetp. 149
Activity 4.3 Using the NARA Web Site and Other Internet Resources for Native American Genealogical Researchp. 151
Activity 4.4 Learning about Heraldry and Lineage Societies on the Internetp. 153
Sourcesp. 155
The Internet Genealogy Ready-Reference E-Libraryp. 157
More Readings about Genealogical Research on the Internetp. 175
Glossary of Genealogy and Internet Termsp. 179
Indexp. 185
About the Authorp. 193