Really, Really, Really Easy Step-by-step Guide to Creating Your Family Tree

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The Really, Really, Really Easy Step-by-Step Guide to Creating Your Family Tree

Title: Really, Really, Really Easy Step-by-Step Guide to Creating your Family Tree Using Your Computer for absolute beginners of all ages
Release Date: March/April 2008
Authors: Gavin Hoole and Cheryl Smith
Photography and Screenshots: Cheryl Smith
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 80
Language: English
Published: 2008
Imprint: New Holland Publishers
ISBN: 9781847730725

DESCRIPTION:

Describes the stages in using a computer to research family history and trace ancestral roots. This book helps readers learn how to record the information unearthed, how to download and use free forms, charts and genealogy computer software to keep the process simple, and ways of searching Internet resources and exchanging information online. The trend for researching family history and tracing ancestral roots back into the past is currently huge and is expanding all the time all over the world.

This book takes the reader, step-by-very-easy-step, through the stages in using a computer for this specific purpose. Anyone beginning to investigate their genealogy will learn where to start this journey of discovery, how to record the information unearthed, how to download and use free forms, charts and genealogy computer software to keep the process simple, as well as ways of searching Internet resources and exchanging information online. No prior knowledge of the subject is assumed and the learning process is made highly effective by the use of screenshots from the relevant programs, so that the readers can match what they see in the book to what they see on their computer screens, in addition to full-colour photographs and to-do action panels.

If you are creating a family tree from scratch or want to convert an old one to an easily updated computer one, this book will guide you smoothly through the process.


CONTENTS
Read this before you start
Genealogy - fun and surprises
How to use this book

 
 

1 Getting Organized
Genealogy defined
Overview of the genealogy journey
Determine your longer-term objective
Set up your filing system
Gather your tools of the trade
Download the essential tools
Install the genealogy software

2 Starting your family tree
What details to record
Starting with yourself
Citing your sources
Validating your findings
Gather your primary source documents
Start using the Personal Ancestry File
Use the standard genealogy conventions
Enter your own vital details
Add any marriage details
Add any children's details
Working in the different software views
Deleting an individual
Printing Records
Back-up your data
Becoming more proficient with PAF

3 Developing your family history
Entering notes and other information
Viewing an individual's notes or multimedia
Personal interview questions
Browsing through family archives
Playing the genealogical detective game

4 Researching your wider family
Prepare for the interview
Conducting the interview
update your family tree after each interview
Contacting out-of-town relatives
Maintain correspondence and research records
Use your index cards for cross-referencing
The Ahnentafel numbering system
Creating an Ahnentael in PAF

5 Searching public records
Set clear search parameters and goals
Write down your parameters and goals
Navigating the 18th century calendar minefield
Search the records
Obtaining certified extracts from original documents
Using the Internet
Using the LDS Family History Library
Benefiting from online collaboration
Exchanging files in GEDCOM for mat
Searching census records
Optimizing your Internet searches
LD Family History Centres worldwide
Prepare for your field trip
National government repositories
Search at cemeteries
Getting closer to the goal

6 Some useful resources
National archives addresses
Other Internet Resources



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