How to Trace Your Ancestors Using a Computer for the Older Generation
Finding out about our ancstors is now an extremely popular activity. With a PC connected to the internet you can now unlock your family history from the comfort of your own home. This book has been written for the over 50s, using plain English and avoiding technical jargon wherever possible.
This book will help you get started researching your family history; be warned however, that you may enjoy this fascinating activity so much you'll find it difficult to stop!
among the useful topics covered are:
- The essential hardware and software rerquirements.
- Using a search engine such as Google to find information about people and places.
- Descriptions of the main Genealogy Web site and worked examples using real family records.
- Interrogating the National Censuses to find where our families lived at different times.
- Finding out about all the members of a household and their ages, occupations and places of birth.
- Searching the Civil Registers of Births, Marriages and Deaths to obtain the indexes necessary to order certified copies of BMD certificates.
- Locating parish records and examining specialist records such as ships' passenger lists.
- Using free online software to construct a family tree.
- Collaborating with relatives anywhere in the world, using e-mails to pool and exchange information.
- Scanning old photos and documents such as marriage certificates; attaching photos and documents to e-mails.
- Making free phone and video calls between computers worldwide using Skype software downloaded for free.
Especially written for the over 50s
A Babani Computer Guidebook by Jim Gatenby