RootsWeb's Guide to Tracing Family Trees
New to genealogy? Maybe your not new but at a dead end.
Check out this guide, you may find a place you hadn't thought to look.
Newbies should start at "Where to begin" link under "General Subjects"
Guide to Tracing Family
Writing Effective Queries
Not getting the responses to your queries you expected?
Maybe it's the way you are writing them. I know I've seen a lot of bad
queries out there. Here is a great article on
writing effective queries.
Land Survey Systems
Here is a great article on Land Survey Systems. If you have
a legal description for land this will show you how to find it in the real
world. Click here for Land Survey
SEARCH OVER 10,000 BOOKS WHICH THE
FAMILY HISTORY LIBRARY HAS ONLINE.
In 2005, the LDS Family History Library announced that it has begun
the process of digitizing & making available on the Internet ALL of the
Family History books in their collection. At that time, about 5000 books
were available, and they were adding about 100 titles a week. Books out of
copyright are being done first.
The images of these Family History books are actually being stored on the
electronic servers at Brigham Young University. By going directly to the
BYU website to view the images, you are able to full-text searches on each
book. You can now locate the small entry on your elusive grandpa that is
buried in one of the books that you would otherwise never thought to look
HOW TO FIND THE DIGITIZED IMAGES
Go to the website of the Harold B. Lee Library at BYU at:
On their home page follow the links
"Find Other Materials/
Then: "On Line Collections at BYU."
Click on the "Text Collections" tab & select the
"Family History Archive" from the list of collections that are displayed.
You would then normally want to use the "Search All" feature with the
"Search All Text" box checked, although the "Advanced Search" will allow
very high-powered searches that will allow certain phrases to be searched
for & other words to be used to exclude potential hits.
As you make selections from the "hits" that are displayed, you will need to
use the "Click Here To View Item" button near the top of the screen to
display the actual image of the page. You can page through the entire
document using the index displayed on the left side of the screen. Each
page may be printed after being viewed. One interesting sidelight is, when
you are at the first web page for the Family History Archive, click on the
"Browse the Collection" button. This will display every Family History book
that has been digitized and is available in the collection. You can scroll
through this list much the same as if you were walking up & down the stacks
at the library."
Privacy and the Internet
A great article discussing privacy issues that you as a
genealogist should be aware of.
Special Search Tools
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