Getting Started in Genealogy ONLINE


Author: Dollarhide, William
Publication Date: 2006
Reprint Date: 2007
Pages: 64 pp.


Getting Started in Genealogy ONLINE is so basic that it brings the world of Internet genealogy into instant focus. Designed as a beginner’s guide, its 64 pages pack more clout than any 64 pages ever written on the subject of online genealogy. If you ever wanted to trace your family tree online, this book will help you do it. The object of the book is to reduce the process of genealogical research to its most basic elements, enabling the raw beginner to be brought up to speed in no more time than it takes him to read a handful of pages. At the
same time, it is a handy resource for the more experienced genealogist, providing in one convenient place the names and web addresses of all essential record repositories.

It begins with a How to Start section outlining a unique seven-step system for gathering facts essential for any genealogical project: interviewing family members, contacting relatives, writing for death records, following up on
death records, census searching, name searching, and Family History Library Searching—the building blocks of genealogical research.

A Where to Find More section follows, giving the websites of the most important genealogy look-up sites, lineage-linked sites, genealogical software/GEDCOM sites, and a list of the various branches of the National Archives and their web addresses.

Next there is a comprehensive listing of Genealogy Resource Centers in the States, giving the websites of the most important genealogical collections in libraries, archives, and genealogical societies for all states, followed by a Research Help for the Addicted section, with a listing of research firms, genealogy magazines and newsletters, and the most important genealogy reference books.

At the back of the book are Master Forms used to keep track of the information gathered, including a Family Group Sheet, a Pedigree Chart, and a Family Data Sheet, all designed for making photocopies as needed.

In a world running on information overload, it’s a relief to find all the right stuff in just a handful of pages!

William Dollarhide is the author of over ten books on genealogy and the editor of the popular magazine Genealogy Bulletin. His new book Getting Started in Genealogy ONLINE is a thoroughly revised and updated version of an earlier book called Genealogy Starter Kit.

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