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Genealogy online for dummies
Helm, Matthew.
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Fourth edition.
Publication Information:
Indianapolis, IN : Wiley, [2004]

Physical Description:
xvi, 332 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm + 1 computer optical disc (4 3/4 in.).
General Note:
"With Family Tree maker and other great tools on CD-ROM"--Cover.

Includes index.
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CS21 .H45 2004 Book and Software Set Central Closed Stacks-Non circulating
CS21 .H45 2004 Adult Non-Fiction Central Closed Stacks
CS21 .H45 2004 Book and Software Set Open Shelf

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Researching our roots has become a top national pastime, and with the advent of the Internet, it's also become much faster and easier than before. Rather than hop in the car and hope you can find the courthouse of the county where your great-grandmother grew up before it closes, you can relax and research in the comfort of your own home, at your convenience. The only problem is where-and how-do you start?

Genealogy Online For Dummies, 4th Edition is a great starting point . Written by genealogists who manage and maintain several online genealogy services, this guide helps you make sense of the vast array of resources on the Web. It shows you how to

Search online databases Explore genealogical societies Use geographic tools Research ethnic roots Validate your findings Share your research

So you don't waste time and effort wandering all over the Web, Genealogy Online For Dummies, 4th Edition shows you how to set up your own personal database first, using information you already have from family members. Then it helps you make your search productive by

Choosing the right government resources to help locate your ancestors Fleshing out the statistics with personal information from geographical, ethnic, and religious sources Cooperating with other researchers, sharing information, and coordinating efforts with societies and research groups Providing proven tips, reminders, suggestions, and lists of online databases Offering suggestions for developing your own genealogical Web site, and more

To get you started in style, the bonus CD-ROM includes the full version of Family TreeMaker and Legacy Family Tree freeware, a tryout version of Adobe® Photoshop® Elements 2.0 for preserving treasured family photos, and lots of other valuable techno-tools. And it all comes with a warning: genealogical research can become addictive!

Author Notes

Matthew L. Helm and April Leigh Helm manage several leading online genealogical resources, including and

Table of Contents

Part I Getting Your Act Together
Chapter 1 You Gotta Have Groundwork
Chapter 2 Planning for Genealogical Success
Chapter 3 What's in a Name?
Chapter 4 Locating Your Ancestors (Geographically Speaking)
Part II Finding the Elusive Records
Chapter 5 Ethnic Research
Chapter 6 Government Records
Chapter 7 Records Off the Beaten Path
Part III Keeping Your Ancestors in Line: Organizing and Presenting Your Findings
Chapter 8 Fine-Tuning Your Organizational and Preservation Skills
Chapter 9 Using Your Computer to Store and Organize Information. The Genealogy Online For Dummies Internet Directory
Part IV Share and Share Alike
Chapter 10 Coordinating Your Attack: Getting Help from Other Researchers
Chapter 11 Sharing Your Wealth Online
Chapter 12 From Your Computer to the World
Part V The Part of Tens
Chapter 13 Ten Handy Databases
Chapter 14 Ten Things to Remember When You Design Your Genealogical Web Site
Chapter 15 Ten Sites for Genealogy Beginners
Chapter 16 Ten Tips for Genealogical Smooth Sailing
AppendixA Going Online
AppendixB What Does This Mean? (A Glossary of Terms)
AppendixC About the CD
IDG Books Worldwide End-User License Agreement
Installation Instructions
Book Registration Information