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Cyberage genealogy


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

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Cyberage genealogy

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More than 50 million pages of historical documents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