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500 Best genealogy & family history tips Buy now Price: $19.50
'500 Best Genealogy and Family History Tips' could be be described as a 'brain dump' of me, Thomas MacEntee, and my many years of knowledge about genealogy and family history.
Basically what I've done is to extract my favourite tips and tricks from over 85 presentations, 10 books and numerous articles. In addition, I've reviewed the social media posts and conversations from Facebook, Twitter and other platforms to highlight those issues most important to today's genealogists.
What will you find in this 'best tips' guide? Everything from practical ways to use Google, advice on protecting your privacy online, information about secret or little known resources for genealogy research and more. The best way to use this guide is to browse the table of contents to find a topic of interest. Also simply search the book when trying to find a solution to a problem, such as how to cite a source or locate an app to generate bibliographic information.
'500 Best Genealogy and Family History Tips' covers a wide range of topics including:
- genealogy research methodology and strategy
- how to use websites such as Google and Internet Archive to find your ancestors
- realising the power of Facebook, Evernote and Pinterest for genealogy
- preservng family photos and stories
- staying safe using social media
- how to secure your genealogy data on your computer in the cloud
- and more!!
Genealogy rules to live by, Books, Data backups, Dropbox, Education, Evernote, Facebook, Frugal genealogy - FREE stuff!, Getting organized and information overload, Google, Mapping your genealogy, Photos, Pinning your family history, Playing nice in the genealogy sandbox, Potpourri - what they never tell you about genealogy, Preserving family history, Research logs and methodology, Self-publishing, Social media, Staying safe online, Tech grab bag, Travel tips, Time to go pro?, Starting a genealogy business, Giving back, The future of genealogy
DNA for Genealogists Buy now $15.00
Author: Kerry Farmer; ISBN: 9781925323658; Year of publication: 2017
As well as providing information about ourselves, DNA testing allows us to find others who share our ancestors, and also confirm or challenge apparently known as relationships. Such tests can provide evidence of relationship even when no documents exist. Previously available only to medical and law-enforcement professionals, commercial testing companies now make genetic testing directly available to anyone who is interested.
DNA testing will not replace the more familiar genealogical research techniques of gathering oral and documentary evidence and compiling family trees. Instead it offers entirely new research tools - more information to augment the documents and oral histories - as well as a way of testing family trees, to see if conclusions drawn are confirmed by this new evidence. This book shows you how you can use DNA to harness this exciting new range of genealogical tools.
The amount of scientific jargon associated with genetics can be intimidating. This publication provides a contextual understanding of DNA suitable for genealogists and discusses the currently available tests that are likely to be of interest to family historians, especially those wanting to prove (or disprove) compiled family trees, the connect 'new' relatives by means of inherited genetic material and to draw conclusions about where we fit into the greater human family.
About DNA -Double Helix, Chromosomes, Mutations, SNP (Single nuceleotide polymorphism), STR (Short Tandem Repeat), Genetic Similarity, Sex Chromosomes, Dominant / Recessive, Autosomal DNA, Mitochonrial DNA (mtDNA)
Interpreting DNA Test Results -Y-chromosome test results, Mitochondrial DNA test results, Autosomal DNA test results
Commercial DNA Testing Companies -Which Company? Which Tests? The Process,, Family Tree DNA (FTDNA), 23 and Me, dna.Ancestry.com, EthnoAncestry, GeneBase, GeneTree, Oxford Ancestors
Why Have DNA Tested? -Surname Studies, Regional Studies (or clan or caste studies), Bridging the Documentary Gap, Test Family Trees, Identifying Illegitimate Ancestor, Lodging DNA for Future Reference, Understanding Ancient Human Migrations
Objections to Using DNA -DNA is not Unique, Tests are Expensive, Privacy Concerns, Ethnic Identity, Flaws in Long-Accepted Lineages, Insurance Risk, Not All Lines are Tested, Unlikely to Find a Close Relative
Appendix 1. Testing Companies
Appendix 2. Free DNA Databases
Appendix 3. Websites for Further Reading
Appendix 4. Reference Books
Trove: Discover Genealogy Treasure in the National Library of Australia 2nd Edition Buy now Price: $13.00
Author: Shauna Hicks ; ISBN: 9781925323498; Year of publication: 2016
As a regular presenter at genealogy expos and seminars I am constantly surprised by the number of people who don't know or are not aware of, all the genealogy resources available on the National Library of Australia website. Trove is the catchy name of the Library's discovery service into its many collections, but it is only one of a number of resources available for research.
While people may be aware of Trove, they are not aware of how to effectively use the various filters to narrow down their searches to maximum advantage. Features such as comments, lists, tagging or correcting text are other areas that many have not yet explored and there are always a few who put up their hand to say they haven't got an eResources card.
There are other features such as Ask a Librarian and Cite This that I am fond of, but many in the audience haven't discovered them yet, or realised how these features can assist their research.
This guide outlines why I'm a huge Trove fan. It lists and explains the various features so that other family historians and genealogists can make maximum use of this fantastic free resource. Follow the tips and you will soon become another Trove fan.
Abbreviations, Introduction to the second edition
What is Trove? -Membership of Trove, Why log in?
NLA - more than just Trove? -The NLA Library Catalogue, How to videos, Ask a librarian, Frequently asked questions (FAQs) , Research guides, Ordering copies and interlibrary loans, eResources
Trove and its various zones -Searching tips, Digitised newspapers and more, Government Gazettes, Books, Pictures, photos, objects, Journals, articles and data sets, Music, sound and video, Maps, Diaries, letters, archives, Archived websites (1996-now), People and organisations, Lists, Personal examples
Social media -Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, Flickr, YouTube, SoundCloud, NLA blogs, Trove forum
ScotlandsPeople: the place to launch your Scottish research 3rd edition Buy now Price: $15.00
Author: Rosemary Kopittke ; ISBN: 9781925323610; Year of publication: 2017
ScotlandsPeople provides an exceptional source of genealogical records for those with Scottish ancestry - Statutory registers, Catholic parish registers, census records, valuation rolls, wills and testaments, and Coats of Arms. Access to such a wide range of basic records for a relatively cheap fee means we can all research from our home without the expense of hiring a search agent, ordering in many microfilms or a trip to Scotland - as pleasant as that last option may be.
With some knowledge and practice you will become adept at locating records of relevance to your family and you will be well on your way with your research. Of course, not all records are available online. You will still need to track down your non-conformists, investigate land records, cemeteries, electoral rolls, directories, poor law, military and other records, but ScotlandsPeople is a great place to launch the study of your families.
Statutory registers -Births, Marriages, Deaths, Minor records, Register of Corrected Entries, Wildcards and other options
Church records: Old parish registers -Births and baptisms, Banns and marriages, Deaths and burials
Church records: Catholic parish registers -Births and baptisms, Banns and marriages, Deaths and burials, Other events
Census records, Valuation rolls, Wills and testaments, Coats of Arms
Other features -Viewed images/previous searches, Timeline, My details
Charges - tatutory registers, Old parish registers, Catholic parish registers, Censuses and Valuation rolls, Wills and testaments, Coats of Arms