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The fun way to research your family history

Genealogy For Dummies, 8th Edition covers everything you need to know about starting a genealogical research project—including where and how to find information, how to communicate with other online genealogists, how to leverage social networking sites and apps, how to add digital images to your family tree, and how to build your own site for sharing information. It also explains the use of compiled genealogies, U.S. Census information, and public access catalogs.

Brand new to this edition is content on how to conduct genealogical research on the road, and on how to take this research and integrate it into the data found at home. It also contains new information on DNA research and testing, new geocoding applications to record geographic data into a genealogical database, and other new technologies. The book covers which apps are worth your money, and how to get the most out of them.

  • Use the latest tools to research family history
  • Create your own site to showcase your family tree, digital images, and compiled genealogies
  • Get access to free versions of Legacy Family Tree and Personal Ancestral Files
  • Utilize both online and offline research techniques and tools
  • Follow the clues to uncover your family's legacy—and have fun along the way!

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    Brand new to this edition is content on how to conduct genealogical research on the road, and on how to take this research and integrate it into the data found at home. It also contains new information on DNA research and testing, new geocoding applications to record geographic data into a genealogical database, and other new technologies. The book covers which apps are worth your money, and how to get the most out of them.

  • Use the latest tools to research family history
  • Create your own site to showcase your family tree, digital images, and compiled genealogies
  • Get access to free versions of Legacy Family Tree and Personal Ancestral Files
  • Utilize both online and offline research techniques and tools
  • Follow the clues to uncover your family's legacy—and have fun along the way!

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    Brand new to this edition is content on how to conduct genealogical research on the road, and on how to take this research and integrate it into the data found at home. It also contains new information on DNA research and testing, new geocoding applications to record geographic data into a genealogical database, and other new technologies. The book covers which apps are worth your money, and how to get the most out of them.

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    Introduction 1

    About This Book 2

    Foolish Assumptions 2

    Icons Used in This Book 3

    Beyond the Book 3

    Where to Go from Here 4

    Part 1: Getting Started with Genealogy 5

    Chapter 1: Beginning Your Ancestral Journey 7

    It’s About Time(line) 7

    Crafting an online timeline 9

    Learning about Sources 13

    Using Genealogical Applications 15

    Entering Information into RootsMagic Essentials 17

    Completing the Pedigree Page 20

    Creating the Virtual You 21

    Giving Your Ancestors Some Privacy 24

    Beefing Up Your Profile 24

    Citing Your Sources 26

    Getting the Full Media Experience 28

    Reaching Out to Others 29

    Hinting Around about Your Ancestors 30

    Giving Your Ancestors Some Mobility 31

    Telling Your Story 34

    Chapter 2: Hunting for Your Ancestral Treasures 35

    A Brief Message about Research Steps 35

    Selecting a Person to Begin Your Search 36

    Trying a semi-unique name 36

    Narrowing your starting point 36

    Choosing someone you know about 38

    Selecting a grandparent’s name 39

    Beginning to Put the Puzzle Together 39

    Getting the 4-1-1 from Your Kinfolk 41

    Dusting off old photo albums 43

    Striking it rich in closets, in basements, and under beds 45

    Adding Your Ancestors One by One 47

    Using a bit of (Roots)Magic to keep track of your family 48

    Logging your data into Ancestry Family Tree 53

    Chapter 3: Searching Primary Resource Sites 55

    Touring Ancestry.com 56

    Trying Ancestry.com for free 56

    Searching Ancestry.com’s vast collection 58

    Sifting through the results 62

    RootsWeb.com at a Glance 68

    Investigating FamilySearch 69

    Creating a free account 69

    FamilySearching records 70

    Using FamilySearch results 71

    Other FamilySearch search functions 75

    Giving Back through FamilySearch Indexing 75

    Saluting Fold3 76

    Creating a trial account 76

    Searching at Fold3 77

    Finding Your Past 82

    Exploring MyHeritage 84

    Chapter 4: Using All of Your Censuses 87

    Coming to Your Census 88

    United States census schedules 88

    State, territorial, and other census records 95

    Finding Your Ancestors in U.S Census Records 97

    Sifting through census record results 98

    Digging into digitized census records 100

    Consolidating your discoveries 104

    Using census records to tell a story 106

    Census Records from Afar 109

    Africa 110

    Asia 110

    Europe 110

    North America 113

    Oceania 113

    South America 113

    Part 2: Bringing Your Ancestor to Life 115

    Chapter 5: Digging Deeper into Your Ancestors’ Lives 117

    These Records Are Vital 117

    Reading vital records 118

    Gauging vitals online 120

    Investigating Immigration and Naturalization Records 123

    Passenger lists 125

    Naturalization records 127

    Land Ho! Researching Land Records 129

    Surveying land lovers in the U.S. 130

    Using HistoryGeo.com to map your ancestor’s land 134

    Marching to a Different Drummer: Searching for Military Records 135

    Taxation with Notation 140

    Trial and Error at the Courthouse 142

    Getting the News on Your Ancestors 143

    Chapter 6: Mapping the Past 147

    Are We There Yet? Researching Where “There” Was to Your Ancestors 148

    Using documents that you...