The Everything Guide to Online Genealogy: Trace Your Roots, Share Your History, and Create Your Family Tree

The Everything Guide to Online Genealogy: Trace Your Roots, Share Your History, and Create Your Family Tree

Kimberly Powell

Language: English

Pages: 304

ISBN: 144057068X

Format: PDF / Kindle (mobi) / ePub


Use online tools to discover your family's history!

Thanks to the overwhelming number of genealogical records available online today, it's never been easier to trace your family history and find your roots. But where do you begin? With all that information, it can be impossible to know where to start! In The Everything Guide to Online Genealogy, 3rd Edition, genealogy expert Kimberly Powell guides you through the process of finding your ancestors, helping you:

  • Effectively search various websites
  • Decipher census data and other online records
  • Choose the best way to share data with family members
  • Connect with other genealogists through social media

Packed with tips on using free databases, new websites, and a growing number of genealogy apps, The Everything Guide to Online Genealogy, 3rd Edition has everything you need to scour the Internet and find your ancestors, going back generations!

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birth (or ages) of both parties to the divorce, the names and ages of any children, and the grounds for divorce. Divorce records are far less numerous than marriage records, however, and the manner in which divorces have been granted throughout history makes the records more difficult to locate as well. Until the middle of the nineteenth century, the civil court rarely granted divorce. Instead, an act of the state legislature was necessary in most states. You’ll find many early divorce

site Ancestry.com (http://search.ancestry.ca/search/db.aspx?dbid=1263). Emigration (Outbound) Lists Your ancestor most likely also left records behind in the old country when he came to the United States. These emigrant records created in the country of departure might include outbound passenger lists, visa or passport applications, or police emigrant records. Britain: Outbound Passenger Lists 1890–1960 (www.findmypast.co.uk) The National Archives (UK) in association with Findmypast.co.uk

another and make new friends: Facebook (www.facebook.com)—If you have a Facebook account, or choose to create one, you can instantly find a few hundred genealogy “friends” to hang out with online. Become friends with a few genealogists you know well and Facebook will suggest others you might also know. It’s great when you attend your first genealogy conference and already feel like you know everyone from Facebook! Google+ (www.plus.google.com)—A huge, active genealogical community can also be

for Genealogists” (http://genealogy.about.com/od/education/tp/books_reference.htm) and “What Reference Books Should I Own?” (http://blogs.ancestry.com/circle/?p=2089). Or check out the books owned by other genealogists on LibraryThing (www.librarything.com) for many great ideas. Just about every professional genealogist subscribes to, or reads on a regular basis, one or more genealogical journals. These scholarly publications typically contain case studies, compiled genealogies, articles on new

transcriptions and images. Ancestry.com (http://search.ancestry.com/search/group/ukicen), subscription required, has census indexes and images for all available years in England, Wales, Scotland, the Channel Islands, and the Isle of Man as part of their World Records Collection subscription. The official genealogy website of the Scottish government, ScotlandsPeople (www.scotlandspeople.gov.uk), offers subscription-based access to indexes and images of the Scottish census, for the years from 1841

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