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Electronic Resources: Using The Internet
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This course will introduce the myriad ways that the Internet can support our family history research efforts. We begin with some ways to prepare before conducting our research and move forward identifying the many different categories of websites that are potentially useful to genealogists. We end with learning how to harness the power of the collaborative web and social media, and how we, as researchers, have the opportunity to help increase the amount of genealogical information available online.


Course Content

Module 1
Preparing for Internet Research
• Protecting Your Computer
• Email
• Purchasing Records Online
 
Strategies for Success
• Have a Research Plan
• Ways to Stay Focused
• Web Clipping and Note-taking Software
• Creating a Personal Research Toolbox
• Spreadsheets are a Genealogist’s Best Friend
• Citing Your Information
 
The Internet and Genealogy
• Common Misconceptions
• What is a URL, Exactly?
• Copyright Issues
• Standards for the Use of Technology in Genealogical Research
 
Good Places to Begin
• Genealogical Gateway Websites
• General Genealogical Gateway Websites
• Locality, Ethnic and Religion Gateway Websites
• Groups for Genealogy
• Searching Google Groups
• Facebook Groups and Pages for Genealogists
 

Module 2
Databases Online
Tips and Techniques for Searching Databases
 
The Two Most Important Free Database Websites
• FamilySearch
• Searching Historical Record Collections
• RootsWeb
 
The Free Versus For Fee Debate
 
Major Commercial Databases Online
• Ancestry
• Fold3
• FindMyPast
• RootsIreland.ie
 
Additional Free & For Fee Databases Online
• Vital Statistics: Births, Marriages, Deaths
• Census and Census Substitutes
• Wills and Probate
• Emigration/Immigration
• Land and Property
• Military
• Other Subjects
 

Module 3
Searching for Surnames
Using Surname Websites Effectively
Privacy and Security Issues
 
Surname Query Websites
• Smaller Surname Query Websites
 
Message Boards and Forums
• Smaller Surname Message Boards and Forums
 
GEDCOM Websites
More Surnames Sites
Personal Family History Websites
• Personal Genealogy Blogs
The Science of DNA and Family Connections
Locating Living Descendants
 

Module 4
Online Libraries, Archives and Record Offices
Library, Archive & Record Office Gateway Websites
Worldwide Libraries and Archives
 
Canada
• Provincial
• Other
 
United States
• Regional
• State
• Other
 
United Kingdom and Ireland
Europe
Other Countries
Worldwide
 
Family History and Genealogical Societies
 

Module 5
Internet Search Tools
 
General Search Engines
• Google
• Yahoo!
• Bing
 
More on Boolean Searching
Search Engine Alerts
Regional Search Engines
MetaSearch Engines
Specialized Genealogy Search Engines
Searching for Images
Searching for Book
 
Steps for Finding Relevant Information on the Internet
 
Evaluating Information on the Internet
• How to Evaluate What You Find
• How to Use What You Find
 

Module 6
Sites That Add Richness to Your Family History
 
Geography
• Gazetteers, Atlases and Place Name Indexes
• Maps
• Historical Maps
• Modern Maps
 
History
• Local History
 
Military
Directories
Occupations
Biographies
Diaries and Letters
 
Newspapers and Journals
• Directories and Indexes of Newspaper Titles
• Larger General Sites
• Smaller Collections and Individual Newspapers
• Canada
• United States
• United Kingdom and Ireland
• Other Countries
• Current Newspapers Online
 
Photographs and Images
 

Module 7
The Collaborative Web
 
Blogs
• Finding Relevant Blogs
• Reading Blogs
 
Wikis
Podcasts
Webinars and Webcasts
 
Social Networking Websites
• Social Bookmarking
• Online Family Trees
• Social Media
 
Keeping Up to Date With New Internet Resources for Genealogy
Paying It Forward
Conclusion
 
 

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