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Introduction to Genealogy Workshop for Macintosh Users at University of Delaware OLLI, fall 2011.

Introduction to Genealogy Workshop for Macintosh Users at University of Delaware OLLI, fall 2011.

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  • Need UDelNet ID No. and password to use UD library at home
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    • 1.
      • Our goal is to help you find ancestors !
      Course #s G15 & G16 for Mac Users Meet Here! Take a computer from the cart. Note its number. Sign in at front table.
    • 2. Mac Lab Basics
      • Always take the same laptop.
      • SHUT DOWN at end of class (not “sleep”).
      • Return it to the correct numbered slot.
      • Gently plug in the mag plug to recharge.
      • OR . . . . . . Bring your own!
    • 3. You Need . . .
      • Everyone: ID to go online to UDel website at home
      • UDel Mac users: Flash Drive!!
    • 4. Turning on, Tuning in . . .
      • “ ON” button: upper right corner: Press
      • On the Screen: Find Icon for Genealogy: Click
      • Password is gene --no caps
      • Open Safari Browser: Double Click
      • Homepage is OLLI GenealogyWebsite :
    • 5. Genealogy Computer Workshop Volunteers
      • Volunteers are here to help you and answer questions!
      • Volunteers know their stuff because they learn as they find answers to your questions (Hint: Volunteering is a great way to become a better genealogist!)
    • 6. Communications
      • Handouts for each class meeting:
      • Printed copies of main presentations available at front of class.
      • Online for viewing and printing at Workshop website. (print B/W version)
    • 7. Genealogy Workshop Basics
      • Don’t hesitate to ask for help!
      • We don’t know everything; please be patient.
      • Each of you will work on your own family.
      • Today: Find a relative in the census
    • 8. Left-hand column has resources specific to this semester’s lecture
      • Lecture Links
      • View in color
      • Print as Handout
        • Use (b/w)
      Other Links take you to: Helpful Websites Forms/Charts Understanding the Class Website
    • 9. Also Get Free Chart and Forms from Links on Class 1 Keep track of family relationships with free charts Misbach: http://misbach.org/freecharts.html Ancestry: On “Library Edition” home page, click on menu bar item “Charts and Forms.”
    • 10. Male - even numbers Female - (odd numbers)
    • 11.  
    • 12.
      • Further down the page:
      • Look ahead if you want
      • Downloadable presentations Updated presentations: “f11”
      • Last (fall) semester presentations: “f10”
      Most updates are minor: Fall semester presentations are still full of useful hints and links ! : More About the Left Column
    • 13. More About the Class Website
      • Far right column:
        • Major websites for Gen Research
      Access to UDel Library online
    • 14. What are these top resources?
      • Free -- types of content
      • Search
      • Google
      • Links for research
      • Cyndi’s List
      • Databases (DBs) to search
      • LDS images
      • Mixed: have both links & DBs--most common
      • US GenWeb
      • World GenWeb
    • 15.
      • Access UDel Library:
      • Ancestry Library Edition
      Right-hand column of Class Website Ancestry: the main subscription genealogy site “ Library Edition” online available only via university libraries. Public library access is onsite only.
    • 16. Click on the HEN Then on this page,click here
    • 17. Then click here : :
    • 18. If you are accessing from home, you will be asked to log in at this point.
    • 19. Finally: the Ancestry Library Edition Home Page
    • 20. Your search results will be too broad = jumble of years, locations, & spellings Don’t Use This Search Box !!
    • 21.
      • Estimate: 1 to 5% of genealogical source material is on the web!
      . . . starting your research--or picking up where you or another family member left off--is best done online. But these days . . . Elizabeth Gorrell, CA Gen Soc
    • 22. Beginning Online Research Suggestions
      • You may be:
      • Starting your research from scratch.
      • Continuing past research,
      • yours or another family member’s.
      • Some guidelines:
      • Start from what you know, move to the unknown.
      • Increase what you know by interviewing relatives.
      • Start researching from the present, move backwards in time.
      • Build a framework of the family and its changes through time by finding the members in every U.S. census .
      • Thoroughly research the family in the U.S. before searching “old country” records.
    • 23. Census Basics Further uses for population data caused additional and often different categories of information to be added each census. 1930: most recent publicly available census. 1940: available in April, 2012 (72-year privacy rule). 1890: almost completely destroyed. 1850: first census to include every name. 1840 and prior: only head-of-household named. Taken starting 1790, every ten years. Purpose: legislative apportionment = head count.
    • 24. Census Research Online
      • Step One : Search
        • Target a particular family and likely census year.
        • Fill in search boxes for family members on Ancestry.
        • Name + location + general age + birthplace > or less !
        • Don’t confine search too much with too much info!
      • Step Two : Results
        • Hover on left to preview family.
      • Step Three : Interpret
        • Examine census page image(s) .
        • Determine if it’s a match to your family.
      • Step Four : Save
        • Save image(s) to your thumb drive.
    • 25. Census Search Issues
      • Enumerators only human!
      • Respondents may not have been literate, English-speaking, adult, or even related.
      • Handwritten records interpreted by indexers.
      • The spelling of the name in the index may not resemble the name you know.
      Searching is an art—or at least a craft! Meaning . . .
    • 26. Name variations Shut off “exact search.” Use wildcards. Try variations you are aware of. Do a “first-name only” search on the most unusual first name in the family. Keep at it: Most people were counted ! Errors of all Kinds Any data could be in error: age, birthplace, even sex! Don’t fill in every blank . . . you may exclude your target. Consider other localities People moved, relocated and returned, travelled, some more than others. Search Strategies
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