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Written by a renowned genealogy expert, this fully updated bestseller shows you how to use both traditional and online genealogy research methods.

Thoroughly revised for the latest tools and techniques, How to Do Everything: Genealogy, Fourth Edition uniquely addresses all the different genealogical record types, explaining traditional and digital research strategies. It defines the basic rules of genealogical evidence, explains how to evaluate source materials, and describes proven research methods.

This practical guide shows you how to research your family history using the most current websites, social networking sites, record archives, newly released and forthcoming census data, digital records, new frontiers in DNA research, and more. The latest technological tools such as hardware and software are also covered. Featuring global resources from the U.S., Canada, the U.K., and Australia in a single volume, this book reveals how to:

  • Organize and create your family tree
  • Research census documents, military service records, and land and property rolls
  • Locate difficult-to-find records
  • Use the most efficient internet search techniques
  • Plan a successful genealogy research trip
  • Evaluate sources for authenticity
  • Research and verify ancestors using genetic genealogy (DNA)
  • Get past brick walls and dead ends in your research
  • Use social networking sites and collaboration techniques
  • Written by a renowned genealogy expert, this fully updated bestseller shows you how to use both traditional and online genealogy research methods.

    Thoroughly revised for the latest tools and techniques, How to Do Everything: Genealogy, Fourth Edition uniquely addresses all the different genealogical record types, explaining traditional and digital research strategies. It defines the basic rules of genealogical evidence, explains how to evaluate source materials, and describes proven research methods.

    This practical guide shows you how to research your family history using the most current websites, social networking sites, record archives, newly released and forthcoming census data, digital records, new frontiers in DNA research, and more. The latest technological tools such as hardware and software are also covered. Featuring global resources from the U.S., Canada, the U.K., and Australia in a single volume, this book reveals how to:

  • Organize and create your family tree
  • Research census documents, military service records, and land and property rolls
  • Locate difficult-to-find records
  • Use the most efficient internet search techniques
  • Plan a successful genealogy research trip
  • Evaluate sources for authenticity
  • Research and verify ancestors using genetic genealogy (DNA)
  • Get past brick walls and dead ends in your research
  • Use social networking sites and collaboration techniques
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    • George G. Morgan is president of Aha! Seminars, Inc. In addition to his extensive responsibilities with Aha! Seminars, Inc., George is an avid genealogist. His interest began at age ten when he and his paternal grandmother and aunt divulged his paternal history extending back before the American Revolution. In the years since then, George's genealogical research has expanded to include all the branches of his family tree and he has investigated leads in materials in all sorts of places. Libraries, archives, and courthouses are among his favorite haunts, but he will leave no stone unturned, even to the point of tracking down the original 1914 newspapers containing his great-grandparents' obituaries in a records retention facility owned by a county board of education. He is a master in working with and understanding all types of genealogical record types in the U.S., Canada, the United Kingdom, and Australia. With the advent of electronic research materials, he has become an recognized expert in using software programs, databases, Internet resources, online databases, Internet genealogical mailing lists and message boards, search engines, directories, subscription databases, and all the major online services around the world. George is the author of seven landmark genealogy books. These include: The Genealogy Forum on America Online: The Official User's Guide; the award winning Your Family Reunion: How to Plan It, Organize It, and Enjoy It, both published by Ancestry Publishing. His award-wining book, How to Do Everything with Your Genealogy, published by McGraw-Hill as part of the highly successful "How to Do Everything" series, is now available in the fulluy updates SEcond Edition. This book is one of the best-selling genealogy "how-to" genealogy books published in the last 20 years! George has also written the first and second editions of The Official Guide to Ancestry.com. His Genealogical Research in the Major Repositories of London, published through Lulu.com (http://www.lulu.com), a print on demand publisher, has sold hundreds of copies. George is a prolific writer in other areas as well. He began in 1996 by writing the award-winning weekly online genealogy column, "Along Those Lines ..." that appeared first in the Genealogy Forum on America Online and then exclusively at the Ancestry.com Web site from January 2000 to March 2006, and additional columns for Ancestry Daily News. He also appears weekly in the Plus Edition of Eastman's Online Weekly Newsletter (at http://blog.eogn.com/), at the bi-monthly electronic genealogy magazine, Digital Genealogist Genealogist (at http://www.digitalgenealogist.com/), in the Ancestry Weekly Journal at Ancestry.com, and at other online venues. He has written literally hundreds of articles for genealogy print magazines: Ancestry Magazine, the Association of Genealogists Quarterly, Discovering Family History, Everton's GenealogicalHelper, Family Chronicle Magazine, Family Tree Magazine, the Federation of Genealogical Societies FORUM, Genealogical Computing (published by Ancestry Publishing), Heritage Quest Magazine, Internet Genealogy, the NGS News Magazine, and Southern Queries Magazine. His other online venues over the last decade have included Sony Communications' Emazing.com "Genealogy Tip of the Day" and a stint with ChineseRoots.com. George is a popular speaker at international genealogical conferences and has presented all across the United States in national, state, and local conference. He also has presented in Canada, in the U.K., and on several international genealogical cruises. His range of genealogical interests and speaking topics is among the most diverse among the genealogical speaking community. He is available to trave...

    Table of Contents-
    • Introduction
      1 What Is Genealogy?
      2 How Do I Get Started?
      3 Balance Traditional and Electronic Research
      4 Gather Information at Home
      5 Place Your Ancestors into Context and Locate Vital Records
      6 Use Census Schedules and Records to Locate Your Ancestors
      7 Extend Your Research with Advanced Record Types
      8 Locate and Use the Wide Variety of Military Records
      9 Understand and Use Land and Property Records
      10 Locate and Use Immigration and Naturalization Records
      11 Discover Where to Locate Documents about Your Family
      12 Learn How to Assess Internet Websites to MoreSuccessfully Research Your Ancestors
      13 Research and Verify Your Ancestors Using Genetic Genealogy (DNA)
      14 Use Alternate Research Strategies to Locate Difficult Ancestors
      15 Incorporate Social Networking into Your Genealogy Research

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