Electronic Family History 2
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.
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).
I give an up to date summary of the very latest record releases online in my talk
What to do/not do with your family history…
+ 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
+ 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
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+ Use online databases/indexes for locating family history information
+ Free websites
+ Further websites
+ Social networking
+ Search skills
+ 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
+ The latest record releases online, and much more
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Robert Parker is a Genealogist and Trainer, based in Kent. He delivers courses, guidance, talks and research services for those interested in tracing their ancestors. See https://myfamilygenealogy.co.uk/guidance/ for his 5 steps to discovering your ancestors. Contact Robert to discuss your requirements without obligation.
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