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Librarianship: Internet Genealogy Searches
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The types and quantities of resources available on the Internet are ever expanding. In this course we will cover all the many kinds of genealogical Internet resources available, as well as some of those that are not typically thought of as being genealogically focused.


Course Content

Module 1
Introduction
Why Use the Internet?
Types of Resources Available on the Internet
 
Some Issues in Using the Internet for Genealogy
• The Internet Is Not the Place to Start
• "Everything" Is Not on the Internet
• The Free Versus Fee Debate
• Evaluation of What Is Found on the Internet
 
National Genealogical Society’s Guidelines for the Use of Computer Technology in Genealogical Research
Privacy
Professional Resources Online for Genealogy Librarians
 

Module 2
Blogs, Social Media, Mailing List & Gateways for Genealogists

Blogs
• Major Genealogy Blogs

Social Media
• Major Social Media Sites

Mailing Lists
• Active versus Passive Use of the Mailing Lists
• How to Post a Query
• Effective Postings
• Start Your Own Mailing List
 
Genealogical Gateways or Good Places to Start on the Internet for Genealogy
• General Genealogical Gateway Sites
• Locality, Ethnic and Religion Gateway Sites
 

Module 3
Indexes & Databases Online
Tips for Searching Databases
 
FamilySearch: The Most Important Free Website
• Record Searching
• Using the Records Found
 
Free versus for Fee Debate
• What Are Some of the Costs of Providing this Information on the Internet?
 
Commercial Sites
 
Major Databases Online Plus a Sampling of Smaller Databases
• Vital Records/Statistics: Births, Marriages, Deaths
• Census
• Wills
• Emigration/Immigration
• Land Records
• Military
• Other Subjects
 

Module 4
Surname Sites
Surname Query Sites
Message Boards
 
GEDCOM Sites
• Collaborative Family Tree Building
 
Other Sites that Relate to Surnames
 
Active versus Passive Use of Surname Query Sites
• Privacy Issues
 
Personal Genealogy Web Pages & Blogs
Finding People Today – Descendant Searching
 

Module 5
Archives & Record Offices
 
Canada
• Provincial Archives
 
United States
United Kingdom and Ireland
Other Countries
 
Libraries
• Gateways to Libraries
• Virtual Libraries
 
Family History and Genealogical Societies
 

Module 6
Internet Search Tools
Search Engines
• Google
• Yahoo!
• Bing
 
Regional Search Engines
MetaSearch Engines
Specialized Genealogy Search Tools
Some Steps for Improving the Relevancy of Information Found on the Internet
Evaluating What You Find
How To Evaluate What You Find
How to Use Information Derived from the Internet
 

Module 7
Non-Genealogy Sites
Geography
 
History
• Local History
 
Military
Directories
 
Newspapers
• Official Newspapers of Record
 
Obituaries
Keeping Up to Date with New Internet Resources for Genealogy
Internet Sources for Organizing Genealogical Research
Citing Electronic Information

Module 8
Practicum
 
 

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