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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
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
• Provincial
• Other
United States
• Regional
• State
• Other
United Kingdom and Ireland
Other Countries
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
• Gazetteers, Atlases and Place Name Indexes
• Maps
• Historical Maps
• Modern Maps
• Local History
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
• Finding Relevant Blogs
• Reading Blogs
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

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