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Genealogy For Dummies, 8th Edition

Book Description

The fun way to research your family history

Genealogy For Dummies, 8th Edition covers everything you need to know about starting a genealogical research project—including where and how to find information, how to communicate with other online genealogists, how to leverage social networking sites and apps, how to add digital images to your family tree, and how to build your own site for sharing information. It also explains the use of compiled genealogies, U.S. Census information, and public access catalogs.

Brand new to this edition is content on how to conduct genealogical research on the road, and on how to take this research and integrate it into the data found at home. It also contains new information on DNA research and testing, new geocoding applications to record geographic data into a genealogical database, and other new technologies. The book covers which apps are worth your money, and how to get the most out of them.  

  • Use the latest tools to research family history
  • Create your own site to showcase your family tree, digital images, and compiled genealogies
  • Get access to free versions of Legacy Family Tree and Personal Ancestral Files
  • Utilize both online and offline research techniques and tools

Follow the clues to uncover your family's legacy—and have fun along the way!

Table of Contents

    1. Cover
    2. Introduction
      1. About This Book
      2. Foolish Assumptions
      3. Icons Used in This Book
      4. Beyond the Book
      5. Where to Go from Here
    3. Part 1: Getting Started with Genealogy
      1. Chapter 1: Beginning Your Ancestral Journey
        1. It’s About Time(line)
        2. Learning about Sources
        3. Entering Information into RootsMagic Essentials
        4. Creating the Virtual You
        5. Giving Your Ancestors Some Mobility
        6. Telling Your Story
      2. Chapter 2: Hunting for Your Ancestral Treasures
        1. A Brief Message about Research Steps
        2. Selecting a Person to Begin Your Search
        3. Beginning to Put the Puzzle Together
        4. Adding Your Ancestors One by One
      3. Chapter 3: Searching Primary Resource Sites
        1. Touring Ancestry.com
        2. RootsWeb.com at a Glance
        3. Investigating FamilySearch
        4. Giving Back through FamilySearch Indexing
        5. Saluting Fold3
        6. Finding Your Past
        7. Exploring MyHeritage
      4. Chapter 4: Using All of Your Censuses
        1. Coming to Your Census
        2. Finding Your Ancestors in U.S. Census Records
        3. Census Records from Afar
    4. Part 2: Bringing Your Ancestor to Life
      1. Chapter 5: Digging Deeper into Your Ancestors’ Lives
        1. These Records Are Vital
        2. Investigating Immigration and Naturalization Records
        3. Land Ho! Researching Land Records
        4. Marching to a Different Drummer: Searching for Military Records
        5. Taxation with Notation
        6. Trial and Error at the Courthouse
        7. Getting the News on Your Ancestors
      2. Chapter 6: Mapping the Past
        1. Are We There Yet? Researching Where “There” Was to Your Ancestors
        2. There’s No Place like Home: Using Local Resources
        3. Mapping Your Ancestor’s Way
        4. Wrapping It Up (with a Surprise)
      3. Chapter 7: Searching for That Elusive Ancestor
        1. Letting Your Computer Do the Walking: Using Search Engines
        2. Flying with Genealogy Vertical Search Engines
        3. Finding the Site That’s Best for You
        4. Family Trees Ripe for the Picking: Finding Compiled Resources
        5. Browsing Comprehensive Genealogical Indexes
      4. Chapter 8: Going Beyond Borders: International and Ethnic Records
        1. Fishing for International and Ethnic Sources
        2. Records from the English-Speaking World
        3. Hispanic and Portuguese Roots
        4. Achtung! Using Sites for the German-Speaking World
        5. Focusing on French Resources
        6. Scanning Scandinavian Countries
        7. Italian Cooking
        8. Other European Sites
        9. Asian Resources
        10. Researching African Ancestry
        11. American Indian Resources
      5. Chapter 9: Specializing in Your Family History
        1. Researching Religious Group Records
        2. Finding Fraternal Orders and Service Clubs
        3. A Photo Is Worth a Thousand Words
        4. Accessing Adoption Records
        5. Preparing to Be Schooled
        6. Turning to Bible Records
        7. Snooping through Great-Grandma’s Diary
        8. Nosing through Newspaper Records
    5. Part 3: Putting Your Family History to the Test
      1. Chapter 10: Fitting into Your Genes: Genetic Genealogy
        1. Ask What DNA Can Do for You
        2. A Friendly Word of Caution
        3. Delving into DNA
        4. Family History: Documentation versus Genetics
        5. Testing Companies
        6. Selecting the Right Test for You
        7. Finding Helpful DNA Sites
      2. Chapter 11: Direct-Line Genetic Tests
        1. Y chromosome (Y-DNA) testing
        2. Mitochondrial (mtDNA) testing
      3. Chapter 12: Autosomal DNA (atDNA) Testing
        1. But First a Quick Review
        2. Testing Process
        3. What Can I Learn from Autosomal DNA Testing?
        4. Ethnicity Estimation
        5. Relationship Testing
        6. X-Chromosome DNA Testing
        7. Utilities to the Rescue
    6. Part 4: Casting Your Nets in the Genealogy Sea
      1. Chapter 13: Finding Your Research Path
        1. Introducing the Helm Online Family Tree Research Cycle
        2. Too Many Ancestor Irons in the Research Fire
        3. Verifying Your Information
      2. Chapter 14: Share and Share Alike
        1. Why Would Anyone Want Your Stuff?
        2. Making Friends on Facebook
        3. Pinning Family History to Pinterest
        4. Realizing Instant Gratification with Instagram
        5. Networking Genealogy-Style
        6. Blogging for Attention
        7. Building Your Own Home
        8. Including Your GEDCOM
        9. Earning a Good Citizenship Award
      3. Chapter 15: Help Wanted!
        1. Getting Out of Your Comfort Zone
        2. The Shotgun Approach
        3. Making Friends (and Keeping Them) Online
        4. Joining a Herd: Research Groups
        5. Gathering Kinfolk: Using the Family Reunion for Research
        6. Rent-a-Researcher
        7. DNA Consulting
        8. Helping Yourself
    7. Part 5: The Part of Tens
      1. Chapter 16: Ten Sites Worth a Visit
        1. rootsfinder
        2. FamilySearch Help Center
        3. WeRelate
        4. kindex
        5. One-Step Webpages by Stephen P. Morse
        6. Photogrammar
        7. Story Corps
        8. American Battle Monuments Commission
        9. Atlas of the Historical Geography of the United States
        10. ArchiveGrid
      2. Chapter 17: Ten Mobile Applications for Genealogy Research
        1. Ancestry
        2. FamilySearch Tree
        3. RootsMagic
        4. BillionGraves
        5. Evernote
        6. The Family Nexus
        7. Saving Memories Forever
        8. OldNews USA
        9. QromaTag
        10. Kindle
    8. About the Authors
    9. Advertisement Page
    10. Connect with Dummies
    11. End User License Agreement