With the popularity of my talk Electronic Family History I received requests for a further talk, hence the design and delivery of Electronic Family History 2 (for an intermediate level). This talk is best delivered following my original talk.

With the widespread use of the Internet or World Wide Web for family history, where do you continue your research? Which websites should you use, and how can you find the right data for your family among the billions of records?

This talk continues the journey in exploring key techniques, resources and top tips for finding your ancestors and their stories. Below is a flavour of this talk and its contents.

Link to an edited version of my Slides, for my Talk ‘Electronic Family History 2’

 

Further websites

+ familysearch.org
+ genealogy.nationalarchives.ie
+ nidirect.gov.uk/proni
+ nls.uk
+ llgc.org.uk
+ archive.org

 

Using a search engine

Many search engines exist like ‘Bing’, Yahoo’ and Google’. We’ll concentrate on Google, however these techniques work for most search engines. Searching from the home page of google:

+ Google is not case sensitive
+ Searching for [Robert Parker] is the same as searching for [robert parker] or [ROBert PARker]
+ Google converts everything to lowercase format

 

How to Narrow Searches to a Specific Date Range

Google allows you to search for a numerical date range, this is handy when looking for genealogy records. For example, suppose you were looking for a record for Robert Parker born around 1850
Type: “robert parker” 1840..1860

 

How to Exclude Certain Words

Sometimes, a number of records can come up for a person, place or thing that has no relationship to what you are trying to find. Use the minus (“-“) sign (this is why we don’t use “-” for date ranges). Using this sign will help you exclude multiple extraneous results that are not related to what you are trying to find. For example, suppose “Church of England Churches” keep coming up in your search for “John Church”. Type: “john church” OR “church john” -parish ( a word found on most church websites).

 

Latest discoveries

I give an up to date summary of the very latest record releases online in my talk

 

Summary

What to do/not do with your family history…

Do

+ always work backwards from yourself
+ always backup information with documentary proof
+ be honest and methodical
+ keep proper records of your findings; with sources
+ be patient
+ note down all dates/events you are certain of
+ ask as many people in your family for their recognitions; more than once
+ search for as many pieces of memorabilia as possible; look in lofts

Don’t

+ assume anything
+ rely on internet sources
+ believe everything you hear
+ try to come forward with research
+ despair if you can’t find out much; try again

 

Book my talk to discover

+ Principles
+ Use online databases/indexes for locating family history information
+ Free websites
+ Further websites
+ Social networking
+ Search skills
+ Names
+ How to Narrow Searches to a Specific Date Range
+ Structure a question to google
+ Narrow Searches to a Specific Town, City or County
+ How to Exclude Certain Words
+ Using Advanced Search
+ Perform Searches Within a Specific Website
+ Google alerts
+ Searching Titles of Pages
+ Search for terms near each other
+ And more further thoughts
+ Summary
+ The latest record releases online, and much more

 

Link to an edited version of my Slides, for my Talk ‘Electronic Family History 2’

I also conduct a more advanced Talk on ‘Electronic Family History’, ask me for details for ‘Electronic Family History Talk 2′

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Robert Parker is a Genealogist and Trainer, based in Cambridgeshire. He delivers courses, guidance (coaching), talks, and research services for those interested in tracing their ancestors. See www.myfamilygenealogy.co.uk for further details. Contact Robert to discuss your requirements without obligation. What stories could your ancestors tell?