Genealogy Online For Dummies?

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Genealogical research tools on CD-ROM!

Includes 40-page Web site directory!

Discover just how easy it is to track down your ancestors Now revised with new resources plus expanded help for African American, Latino, Asian, and Native American families, this friendly guide shows you step by step how to zero in on the best online sites and sources, swap information with other researchers — and fill in your family tree! all this on the bonus CD-ROM A trial version of Ultimate Family Tree Demos of Family Tree Maker, Family Origins, AniMap Plus 1.6D, Genelines, Reunion, and Generations Grande Suite 5.2 Plus genealogical shareware, an evaluation copy of Paint Shop Pro, and much more Minimum system requirements: 486 Windows 3.1 PC or 68040 OS 7.5 Mac; 8–16 MB RAM; 2x CD-ROM drive; 14.4K Internet connection. See CD-ROM appendix for details.

Discover how to: Go straight to the best online resources Search efficiently and avoid dead ends Share data with other researchers Access government records Work with genealogical software Publish your findings on the Web

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The Helms have put together an excellent introductory guide to doing genealogical research online. They've avoided the usual trap of organizing their book by resources, which may be easy for the author but makes it harder on the user. So instead of devoting this chapter to useful Web sites, that chapter to valuable newsgroups, and so forth, they've organized the book in a way closer to the way you'd organize good family research.

They begin with a series of chapters on preparation, including doing initial groundwork, developing a plan, picking the names to begin researching, and locating ancestors geographically. Next, they deal with the means for finding valuable records and then delve into getting the most from your resources. Chapter 8, for example, discusses organizing and presenting your findings, while chapter 9 deals with cooperating with other researchers so that you can all be more effective (and probably make some new friends in the bargain).

As is always the case with a Dummies series book, the Helms present a "Part of Tens" section, in this case four chapters each covering 10 top online genealogical sites, tips for designing your genealogical Web page, sites for beginners, and general tips for "smooth sailing." An enclosed CD-ROM contains nine genealogy programs plus a wide assortment of Internet tools and utilities. --Elizabeth Lewis

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CD-ROM includes lots of valuable software tools

Use the Internet to search international records and preserve your results

Fascinated with family history? Now's a great time to jump into genealogy, and this book makes it easy. What used to require endless shuffling (and sneezing) through dusty courthouse records can now often be done with your mouse, and you can share information with others who are researching related families. But be warned — genealogy is addictive!

Discover how to:

  • Lay out a plan for your research

  • Create Web sites where family members can make contact

  • Access international records

  • Research ethnic ancestry

  • Verify what you find

  • Protect your records

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