Genealogy Online for Dummies

Author(s): Matthew L. Helm


Researching your genealogy online is like being a kid in a candy store. So many neat things catch your eye that it's difficult to decide which one to try. That's where "Genealogy Online For Dummies, 5th Edition" comes in. This completely practical handbook helps you become a smart, discriminating researcher from the moment you start your investigation. Unlike other genealogy books, this easy-to-use guide does more than show you how to access and use online resources; it lays out a sensible organized process you can follow to make your research more efficient and achieve your genealogical goal faster. You'll learn how to start your research before you go online, understand traditional methods of genealogy, identify Web sites that will be most helpful to your research, get vital information and statistics from government records, and much, much more.Discover how to: use basic online and offline research techniques; develop a plan for your research; integrate Internet resources to achieve your genealogical goal; create Web sites where family members can make contact; access domestic records for births, deaths, immigration, and more; research ethnic ancestry through international records; verify what you find; and, protect your research.


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Matthew L. Helm is the Executive Vice President and Chief Technology Officer for, Inc. He's the creator and maintainer of the award-winning Helm's Genealogy Toolbox, Helm/Helms Family Research Page, and a variety of other Web sites. Matthew speaks at national genealogical conventions and lectures to genealogical and historical societies. Matthew holds an A.B. in History and an M.S. in Library and Information Science from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. April Leigh Helm is the President of, Inc. April lectures on genealogy and other topics for various conferences and groups. She holds a B.S. in Journalism and an Ed.M. in Higher Education Administration from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Together, the Helms have coauthored several books in addition to the five editions of Genealogy Online For Dummies. They include Family Tree Maker For Dummies, Your Official America Online Guide to Genealogy Online, and Get Your Degree Online.

Introduction. Part I: Getting Your Act Together. Chapter 1: Planning for Genealogical Success. Chapter 2: Getting to Know You (And Your Ancestors). Chapter 3: You Found It, Now Keep It. Part II: Focusing on Your Ancestor. Chapter 4: What's in a Name? Chapter 5: Bureaucracy At Its Best: Using Government Sources. Chapter 6: Going Beyond Borders: International Records. Part III: Adding Color to Your Research. Chapter 7: Your Ancestors: Here, There, and Everywhere. Chapter 8: Ethnic Research. Chapter 9: Records Off the Beaten Path. Chapter 10: Fitting into Your Genes: Molecular Genealogy. Part IV: Share and Share Alike. Chapter 11: Help Wanted! Chapter 12: Giving Back to Your Online Community. Chapter 13: Finding Your Online Home. Part V: The Part of Tens. Chapter 14: Ten Tools for Your Genealogical Travels. Chapter 15: Ten Handy Databases. Chapter 16: Ten Things to Remember When Designing Your Web Site or Blog. Chapter 17: Ten Sites That Offer Help. Chapter 18: Ten Tips for Genealogical Smooth Sailing. Glossary. Appendix: About the CD. Index.

General Fields

  • : 9780470240571
  • : Contains CD-ROM
  • : 0.589
  • : March 2008
  • : 233mm X 187mm X 22mm
  • : United Kingdom
  • : books

Special Fields

  • : Matthew L. Helm
  • : Paperback
  • : 5th Revised edition
  • : 929.1072
  • : 384
  • : Illustrations