Computer Workshop

Computer Workshop
A whole lot of things on the internet – can be overwhelming.
Organize!
1. Internet ethics
a. Information may be inaccurate
b. Need not only the information but what was the source for it
c. If you copy someone else’s research, you must credit them
d. Need an email address, might want to create a special one just for genealogy
e. ******Don’t post information about living people*******

2. Genealogy Programs – only use ones that are GEDCOM compatible, generic way of storing information, can import and export to other genealogists
a. Reunion for Mac http://www.leisterpro.com/
b. Don’t know about PC – suggestions? http://www.rootsmagic.com/
c. Family Search has a free Personal Ancestral File http://www.familysearch.org/
d. Back Up – Back Up – Back Up!
e. Thumb/Flash Drives
f. Digital Cameras
g. Scanners
3. Free Forms
a. Ancestry http://www.galileo.usg.edu/library/ecgrl/subjects/
4. Identify
a. What are you looking for?
i. Choose an individual or family – what do you want to learn about them?
ii. Limit it to a more narrow topic rather than a wide one
b. Decide what kinds of resources might provide that information
i. What types of sources? For example, military records, land records
c. Decide on a search strategy
d. Check library and genealogy links for more ideas
5. Internet Sources at your library
a. Ancestry Library Edition http://www.galileo.usg.edu/library/ecgrl/databases/
b. HeritageQuest – http://www.galileo.usg.edu/library/ecgrl/databases/
c. Augusta Chronicle Online http://www.augustaarchives.com/
 d. Vital Record Database http://www.ecgrl.org/vitalrecords/disclaimer.asp              e. Online Catalog http://gapines.org/opac/en-US/skin/default/xml/index.xml?ol=276
f. WorldCat – to look up books nationally http://www.galileo.usg.edu/library/ecgrl/databases/
6. Search Engines – Pick one and search using “ ” marks
a. Google http://www.google.com/
b. Yahoo http://www.yahoo.com/
7. Free Genealogy Sites
a. Cyndi’s List http://www.cyndislist.com/
b. USGenWeb http://usgenweb.org/
c. RootsWeb http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/ Largest and oldest free genealogy site
d. Family Search http://www.familysearch.org/
e. NARA National Archives http://www.archives.gov/
f. Stephen P. Morse One Step Pages http://www.stevemorse.org/
g. Migration Trails http://www.migrationtrails.com/
8. RSS
a. Collect info from blogs and websites http://blog.dearmyrtle.com/
9. Mailing Lists
a. Roots-L http://lists.open-bio.org/mailman/listinfo/root-l
b. Cyndi’s List http://www.cyndislist.com/
10. Vital Records
a. National Center for Heath Statistics http://www.cdc.gov/nchs/howto/w2w/w2welcom.htm
b. Arizona http://genealogy.az.gov/
c. Social Security Death Index, found at Rootsweb and Ancestry http://ssdi.rootsweb.ancestry.com/
11. Genealogy Societies and An Augusta Site
a. Local ones Augusta Genealogical Society http://www.augustagensociety.org/
b. Local Graveside Search http://appweb.augustaga.gov/Graveside_Search/graveside_default.asp
c. National Genealogical Society http://www.ngsgenealogy.org/
12. Paid Genealogy Sites
a. Fold3 http://www.footnote.com/
13. Military Sites
a. NARA http://www.archives.gov/
b. Civil War Soldiers & Sailors System http://www.itd.nps.gov/cwss/
c. HeritageQuest – Revolutionary War records
14. Immigration Sites
a. Ellis Island http://www.ellisisland.org/
15. Land Records
a. General Land Office Records http://www.glorecords.blm.gov/
b. Crumpton Plats http://www.crumptonplats.com/  Local land plats!!!!!
c. Sanborn Fire Insurance Maps http://dlg.galileo.usg.edu/sanborn/?Welcome
16. Learn How Sites
a. Researching Your Patriot Ancestors http://www.learnwebskills.com/patriot/
b. Family History (Part of FamilySearch) http://www.familysearch.org/Eng/Home/Welcome/frameset_information.asp

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