Chapter 2

Software You’ll Need

Online genealogy is simply using new tools to do the same research that always has been required of genealogists. To accomplish online genealogy research, instead of using a photocopier, you might save an image of the document or a searchable Portable Document Format (PDF) file from your scanner. Instead of sending queries in an envelope, you send them by e-mail, post them on forums, or make it your Facebook status. Instead of reading a magazine article on paper, you can read it on your tablet computer. And instead of (or before!) going to the library or courthouse for a document, you can search the card catalog and even the text of whole books from home. In other words, you are doing the same tasks with additional ...

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