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Genealogy Online


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Discover what resources are available for genealogy enthusiasts online. Not just for Christian County but anyone interested in researching their past. There are many great websites for you to use no matter where your family is or was. This class takes you into the realm of records searching on the internet.

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Genealogy Online

  1. 1. Genealogy Online This project has been made possible by a grant from the U. S. Institute of Museum and Library Services.
  2. 2. Identifying Sources Online: Websites and Databases <ul><li>Family Websites </li></ul><ul><li>Genealogy </li></ul><ul><li>County and State Government </li></ul><ul><li>History </li></ul><ul><li>Libraries </li></ul><ul><li>Organizations </li></ul><ul><li>General/Special Interest </li></ul>Genealogy Online 3
  3. 3. Library Web Page <ul><li>Transcribed records page </li></ul><ul><li>GenWeb page </li></ul><ul><li>Missouri Genealogy page </li></ul><ul><li>Christian County genealogy page </li></ul><ul><li>Play genealogy page </li></ul>
  4. 6. Free Websites <ul><li>US GenWeb Project </li></ul><ul><ul><li>State and county level </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Each entity maintains and provides information </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Rootsweb </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Message boards </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Mailing Lists </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Cyndi’s List </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Lists of links </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Very helpful </li></ul></ul>
  5. 7. Using Search Engines <ul><li>Results may vary </li></ul><ul><li>General and site-specific search engines </li></ul><ul><li>Limited and Advanced searches </li></ul><ul><li>Exact or Soundex search </li></ul><ul><li>Search results listed according to relevancy </li></ul><ul><li>Links to original or transcribed record </li></ul>Genealogy Online 4
  6. 12. Searching Web Pages <ul><li>Mostly transcribed records </li></ul><ul><li>Use the site-specific search engine </li></ul><ul><li>Use CTRL + F to search individual page </li></ul>Genealogy Online 7
  7. 13. Maximizing Search Results <ul><li>Identify relevant website or database </li></ul><ul><li>Start with a limited search, then advanced </li></ul><ul><li>Use relevant keywords </li></ul><ul><li>Change from Exact to Soundex </li></ul><ul><li>Enter as many parameters as possible </li></ul><ul><li>Alternate search parameters </li></ul><ul><li>Search for related information </li></ul>Genealogy Online 8
  8. 14. Subscription Websites (Library has a subscription to both of these) <ul><li>Heritage quest </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Can be used from your home </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Nationwide censuses </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Over 22,000 family and local histories </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Ancestry </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Only available in the library building </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Nationwide censuses </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Social Security Death Index </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Civil War Soldiers Index </li></ul></ul>
  9. 17. Using Alternate Resources <ul><li>Email / File sharing </li></ul><ul><li>Message Boards </li></ul><ul><li>GEDCOM downloads </li></ul><ul><li>Applications with web tie-in </li></ul>Genealogy Online 9
  10. 18. <ul><li>Thank you for coming </li></ul><ul><li>Feel free to repeat this class or sign up for other classes at the circulation desk </li></ul>Questions ?