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Tips for genealogists in the age of social networking, digitization and mobile technology.

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  • This site allows you to search and view newspaper pages from 1860-1922 and find information about American newspapers published between 1690-present. Chronicling America is sponsored jointly by the National Endowment for the Humanities and the Library of Congress as part of the National Digital Newspaper Program (NDNP). The Family History Archive is a collection of published genealogy and family history books. The archive includes histories of families, county and local histories, how-to books on genealogy, genealogy magazines and periodicals (including some international), medieval books (including histories and pedigrees), and gazetteers. It also includes some specialized collections such as the Filipino card collection and the “Liahona Elders Journal.” The books come from the collections of the FamilySearch Family History Library, the Allen County Public Library, the Houston Public Library – Clayton Library Center for Genealogical Research, the Mid-Continent Public Library – Midwest Genealogy Center, the BYU Harold B. Lee Library, the BYU Hawaii Joseph F. Smith Library, and the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints Church History Library.
  • The world’s largest free genealogy search engine, Mocavo.com, provides genealogists access to the best free genealogy content on the web including billions of names, dates and places worldwide. Mocavo.com seeks to index and make searchable all of the world’s free genealogy information. While Mocavo.com discovers new sites every day, some of the existing sites searchable on Mocavo.com include genealogy message boards, family trees, state and local historical societies, the Library of Congress, National Archives, Ellis Island, Find A Grave, the Internet Archive, various U.S. state archives, and many tens of thousands of genealogy sites built by individuals. Similar to other search engines, Mocavo.com honors site owners by linking directly to their content.

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  • 1. Cyber-Age Genealogy
    Kathy PetlewskiGenealogy & Local History LibrarianPlymouth District Library
    2011
  • 2. Starting with the basics ~ Define our terms!
    Let’s take a look at fee-based commercial databases.
    Sampling the best of the free sites…
    Age of digital publishing – books and blogs
    Role of social networking in genealogy.
    Genealogy on mobile devices.
    Topics for Today Include:
  • 3. Cyber-Age Terms Defined
    Blog: a web site containing the writer's or group of writers' own experiences, observations, opinions, etc., and often having images and links to other Web sites. (Random House Dictionary)
    Database: A collection of data arranged for ease and speed of search and retrieval by a computer. (American Heritage Science Dictionary)
    Digitize: To convert data or signals, such as images, text, or sound, to digital form. (American Heritage Science Dictionary)
    Social Network: a website where one connects with those sharing personal or professional interests, place of origin, education at a particular school, etc. (Facebook, MySpace) (dictionary.com)
  • 4. Ancestry Library Edition (available only in library)
    Commercial Databases
    • Largest commercial genealogy product on the market today.
    • 5. Over 7,000 databases and 200 billion images
    • 6. This includes censuses, vital records, immigration records, family histories, military records, court and legal documents, directories, photos, maps, and more.
  • Footnote.com (Remote access with Plymouth Library Card)
    Commercial Databases
    • More than 50 million pages of historical documents
    • 7. Documents relating to the Revolutionary War, Civil War, WWI, WWII, and U.S. Presidents
    • 8. Some city directories & historical newspapers
    • 9. Matthew Brady photographs
  • HeritageQuest Online (remote access with PDL card)
    Commercial Databases
    • 28,000 digitized book titles, including early family histories and local histories.
    • 10. PERSI index of over 2 million genealogy & local history articles.
    • 11. Census images 1790-1930, but not all fully indexed.
    • 12. Revolutionary War Pension files & Bounty-Land Warrant application files
  • American Ancestors (available only in library)
    Commercial Databases
    • Formerly New England Ancestors Online.
    • 13. Primary focus is on New England area and New York state.
    • 14. Personal histories, town histories, vital records & digitized books such as The Great Migration set.
  • New York Times Historic
    – dates include from 1851 through 2004.
    - full images, keyword searchable.
    Detroit Free Press Historic
    - dates include 1831 through 1922.
    - full images, keyword searchable.
    Access in library or remotely with PDL card.
    Historic Newspapers Online
  • 15. FamilySearch.org (LDS site)
    FamilySearch (new): https://www.familysearch.org/
    Original FamilySearch: http://www.familysearch.org/Eng/Search/frameset_search.asp
    Both are international in scope and have volunteer-created indexes based on vital records & original source documents. Library Catalog is included on both sites as well as research aids.
    Sampling Some of the Best…
  • 16. Castle Garden - information on 11 million immigrants from 1820 through 1892 http://www.castlegarden.org/
    Ellis Island – Search by passenger’s name or by name of ship.
    http://www.ellisisland.org/
    Sampling Some of the Best…
  • 17. Chronicling America – from Library of Congress & Nat’l Endowment for Humanities
    http://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/
    • Family History Archive – 17,777 digitized items from a variety of libraries
    http://www.lib.byu.edu/fhc/index.php
    Sampling Some of the Best…
  • 18. Cyndi’s List of Genealogy Sites on the Internet - 291,330+ links for family history!
    http://www.cyndislist.com/
    • U.S. GenWeb Project - http://usgenweb.org/
    • 19. “Keeping Internet Genealogy Free”
    • 20. Organized by state and then by county. Content quality varies significantly!
    Sampling Some of the Best…
  • 21. Digitized Books & Manuscripts
  • 22. Digitized Books & Manuscripts
  • 23. Digitized Books & Manuscripts
  • 24. Mocavo – world’s largest free genealogy search engine.
    http://www.mocavo.com/
    Searching the Web
  • 25. Online Communities
    RootsWeb – part of Ancestry.com
    http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/
    The world's largest online genealogy community with over 17 Million posts on more than 161,000 boards.
    GenForum - part of Genealogy.com http://genforum.genealogy.com/index.html
    Search by locality, by topic or by surname
    Post queries or answers to other’s queries.
    Free services, but may lead to fee-based areas.
  • 26. Genealogy Blogs & Wikis
    FamilySearch Research Wiki - https://wiki.familysearch.org/en/Main_Page
  • 27. Genealogy Blogs & Wikis
    Eastman’s Online Genealogy Newsletter-http://blog.eogn.com/eastmans_online_genealogy/
  • 28. Genealogy Blogs & Wikis
    Genealogy Blog ~ http://www.genealogyblog.com/
  • 29. Re-connect with distant relatives or those who share common interests.
    Find Facebook versions of popular databases/publishers
    Facebook | Ancestry.com 
    Facebook | Cyndi's List 
    Facebook | Family Tree Magazine 
    Facebook | Footnote.com 
    Facebook | GenealogyBank 
    Facebook | Genealogy Group 
    Genealogy on Facebook
  • 30. GeneaBloggers on Facebook
  • 31. Keeping Up on Twitter
    rjseaver
    Genealogy evangelist, husband, father, grandfather, Christian, Chargers...
    1,199 followers
    marktucker
    Software Architect. Silverlight, Windows Phone 7 developer. UX. Scouter....
    1,666 followers
    worldvrecords
    We help you succeed with your genealogy and family history by providing...
    3,080 followers
    michaelhait
    Pro genealogist - writer and lecturer
    1,422 followers
    footnote
    Footnote.com helps you find and share historic documents, photos and rec...
    geneabloggers
    A passion for blogging about genealogy and family history
    2,799 followers
    megansmolenyak
    genealogical adventurer who loves to solve mysteries
    3,391 followers
    footnoteMaven
    A Photo Whisperer. Solving the mysteries of genealogy, old photos ..
    2,375 followers
    FamilyTreeMag
    We're a how-to genealogy magazine and online community.
    3,441 followers
    genseek
    GenSeek.com will soon be launching the FamilySearch Catalog 2.0,
    9,631 followers
  • 32. Geneabloggers on Twitter
  • 33. Join a Discussion on Linked in
  • 34. Apps for Mobile Devices
    Reunion for iPad - $14.99 – must already have Reunion 9.0c on your Mac.
    Ancestry for iPad – free – connect to your Ancestry.com account
    Shrubs for iPhone - $7.99 – GEDCOM viewer
    FamViewer for iPhone - $14.99 – GEDCOM viewer
    GedView for iPhone - $3.99 – GEDCOM viewer
    Family Bee for Android - $10 (free trial)
    MobileGenealogy.com - http://www.mobilegenealogy.com/
    Look here for news, reviews & info on genealogy on mobile devices.
  • 35. Digital Collections will continue to be released online.
    FamilySearch volunteers make more vital records available.
    Portable devices replace desktops so better genealogy apps will appear on market.
    Online publishing of family history books makes it easy for everyone to put info out there – some good…some not!
    Where Do We Go From Here?