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

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    1. 1. <ul><li>Our goal is to help you find ancestors ! </li></ul>Course #s G15 & G16 for Mac Users Meet Here! Take a computer from the cart. Note its number. Sign in at front table.
    2. 2. Mac Lab Basics <ul><li>Always take the same laptop. </li></ul><ul><li>SHUT DOWN at end of class (not “sleep”). </li></ul><ul><li>Return it to the correct numbered slot. </li></ul><ul><li>Gently plug in the mag plug to recharge. </li></ul><ul><li>OR . . . . . . Bring your own! </li></ul>
    3. 3. You Need . . . <ul><li>Everyone: ID to go online to UDel website at home </li></ul><ul><li>UDel Mac users: Flash Drive!! </li></ul>
    4. 4. Turning on, Tuning in . . . <ul><li>“ ON” button: upper right corner: Press </li></ul><ul><li>On the Screen: Find Icon for Genealogy: Click </li></ul><ul><li>Password is gene --no caps </li></ul><ul><li>Open Safari Browser: Double Click </li></ul><ul><li>Homepage is OLLI GenealogyWebsite : </li></ul>
    5. 5. Genealogy Computer Workshop Volunteers <ul><li>Volunteers are here to help you and answer questions! </li></ul><ul><li>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!) </li></ul>
    6. 6. Communications <ul><li>Handouts for each class meeting: </li></ul><ul><li>Printed copies of main presentations available at front of class. </li></ul><ul><li>Online for viewing and printing at Workshop website. (print B/W version) </li></ul>
    7. 7. Genealogy Workshop Basics <ul><li>Don’t hesitate to ask for help! </li></ul><ul><li>We don’t know everything; please be patient. </li></ul><ul><li>Each of you will work on your own family. </li></ul><ul><li>Today: Find a relative in the census </li></ul>
    8. 8. Left-hand column has resources specific to this semester’s lecture <ul><li>Lecture Links </li></ul><ul><li>View in color </li></ul><ul><li>Print as Handout </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Use (b/w) </li></ul></ul>Other Links take you to: Helpful Websites Forms/Charts Understanding the Class Website
    9. 9. Also Get Free Chart and Forms from Links on Class 1 Keep track of family relationships with free charts Misbach: Ancestry: On “Library Edition” home page, click on menu bar item “Charts and Forms.”
    10. 10. Male - even numbers Female - (odd numbers)
    11. 12. <ul><li>Further down the page: </li></ul><ul><li>Look ahead if you want </li></ul><ul><li>Downloadable presentations Updated presentations: “f11” </li></ul><ul><li>Last (fall) semester presentations: “f10” </li></ul>Most updates are minor: Fall semester presentations are still full of useful hints and links ! : More About the Left Column
    12. 13. More About the Class Website <ul><li>Far right column: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Major websites for Gen Research </li></ul></ul>Access to UDel Library online
    13. 14. What are these top resources? <ul><li>Free -- types of content </li></ul><ul><li>Search </li></ul><ul><li>Google </li></ul><ul><li>Links for research </li></ul><ul><li>Cyndi’s List </li></ul><ul><li>Databases (DBs) to search </li></ul><ul><li>LDS images </li></ul><ul><li>Mixed: have both links & DBs--most common </li></ul><ul><li>US GenWeb </li></ul><ul><li>World GenWeb </li></ul>
    14. 15. <ul><li>Access UDel Library: </li></ul><ul><li>Ancestry Library Edition </li></ul>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.
    15. 16. Click on the HEN Then on this page,click here
    16. 17. Then click here : :
    17. 18. If you are accessing from home, you will be asked to log in at this point.
    18. 19. Finally: the Ancestry Library Edition Home Page
    19. 20. Your search results will be too broad = jumble of years, locations, & spellings Don’t Use This Search Box !!
    20. 21. <ul><li>Estimate: 1 to 5% of genealogical source material is on the web! </li></ul>. . . 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
    21. 22. Beginning Online Research Suggestions <ul><li>You may be: </li></ul><ul><li>Starting your research from scratch. </li></ul><ul><li>Continuing past research, </li></ul><ul><li>yours or another family member’s. </li></ul><ul><li>Some guidelines: </li></ul><ul><li>Start from what you know, move to the unknown. </li></ul><ul><li>Increase what you know by interviewing relatives. </li></ul><ul><li>Start researching from the present, move backwards in time. </li></ul><ul><li>Build a framework of the family and its changes through time by finding the members in every U.S. census . </li></ul><ul><li>Thoroughly research the family in the U.S. before searching “old country” records. </li></ul>
    22. 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.
    23. 24. Census Research Online <ul><li>Step One : Search </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Target a particular family and likely census year. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Fill in search boxes for family members on Ancestry. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Name + location + general age + birthplace > or less ! </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Don’t confine search too much with too much info! </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Step Two : Results </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Hover on left to preview family. </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Step Three : Interpret </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Examine census page image(s) . </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Determine if it’s a match to your family. </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Step Four : Save </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Save image(s) to your thumb drive. </li></ul></ul>
    24. 25. Census Search Issues <ul><li>Enumerators only human! </li></ul><ul><li>Respondents may not have been literate, English-speaking, adult, or even related. </li></ul><ul><li>Handwritten records interpreted by indexers. </li></ul><ul><li>The spelling of the name in the index may not resemble the name you know. </li></ul>Searching is an art—or at least a craft! Meaning . . .
    25. 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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