Computer Workshop

Computer Workshop
A whole lot of things on the internet – can be overwhelming.
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
b. Don’t know about PC – suggestions?
c. Family Search has a free Personal Ancestral File
d. Back Up – Back Up – Back Up!
e. Thumb/Flash Drives
f. Digital Cameras
g. Scanners
3. Free Forms
a. Ancestry
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
b. HeritageQuest –
c. Augusta Chronicle Online
 d. Vital Record Database              e. Online Catalog
f. WorldCat – to look up books nationally
6. Search Engines – Pick one and search using “ ” marks
a. Google
b. Yahoo
7. Free Genealogy Sites
a. Cyndi’s List
b. USGenWeb
c. RootsWeb Largest and oldest free genealogy site
d. Family Search
e. NARA National Archives
f. Stephen P. Morse One Step Pages
g. Migration Trails
8. RSS
a. Collect info from blogs and websites
9. Mailing Lists
a. Roots-L
b. Cyndi’s List
10. Vital Records
a. National Center for Heath Statistics
b. Arizona
c. Social Security Death Index, found at Rootsweb and Ancestry
11. Genealogy Societies and An Augusta Site
a. Local ones Augusta Genealogical Society
b. Local Graveside Search
c. National Genealogical Society
12. Paid Genealogy Sites
a. Fold3
13. Military Sites
b. Civil War Soldiers & Sailors System
c. HeritageQuest – Revolutionary War records
14. Immigration Sites
a. Ellis Island
15. Land Records
a. General Land Office Records
b. Crumpton Plats  Local land plats!!!!!
c. Sanborn Fire Insurance Maps
16. Learn How Sites
a. Researching Your Patriot Ancestors
b. Family History (Part of FamilySearch)

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