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AARP Genealogy Online: Tech to Connect

AARP Genealogy Online: Tech to Connect [Kindle Edition]

April Leigh Helm , Matthew L. Helm

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Research your family's history without ever leaving the comfort of your home!

AARP Genealogy Online: Tech to Connect provides you with the know-how to research your family's history using the latest and greatest online tools and resources. From using social networking to tracking family members to using new genealogical software for the first time, this fun-but-straightforward guide is an ideal starting point for beginners who are interested in tracking their ancestry and family history with ease and enjoyment.

  • Covers everything you need to know about starting a genealogical research project, beginning with where and how to find interesting information
  • Shares tips for communicating with other online genealogists, building a simple website that can be used for sharing information with other family members, and using public access catalogs
  • Assumes no prior knowledge of doing genealogical research
  • Offers the opportunity to obtain free genealogical database access as well as free genealogical software tools, including versions of Legacy Family Tree and Personal Ancestral Files
  • Features task-oriented tutorials arranged in such a way to make it easy to find material and achieve success

Interested in finding your roots? AARP Genealogy Online: Tech to Connect helps intrigued researchers build an effective genealogy database to connect with their past and share it with the future.

From the Back Cover

Get ready to embark on an exciting journey through your family′s history Whether you′re an experienced genealogist or just getting started with your family tree, let this guide be your ticket to the past. You′ll learn how easy it is to find ancestral details, communicate with other online genealogists, and leverage social networking sites to locate family and friends. As you piece together your genealogy, you′ll also discover how to build your own website to share the information you′ve uncovered with the rest of your family. You won′t believe how much fun you′ll have learning about your roots! You′ll find: Hints for creating your online family tree and writing your own autobiography A list of websites that candramatically speed up your research Tips for gleaning important details from government records and databases How to find your way using geographic records and maps Steps for effectively searching through special record collections Social networks that can help you build your family tree How DNA tests can help you learn more about your family′s history

Product details

  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 6433 KB
  • Print Length: 240 pages
  • Publisher: For Dummies; 1 edition (24 July 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B008PO764G
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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More About the Author

Matthew Helm is the Chief History Officer at HistoryKat, Inc. He's the creator and maintainer of the award-winning Helm's Genealogy Toolbox, HistoryKat, Helm/Helms Family Research Page, and a variety of other Web sites. Matthew speaks at national genealogical conventions and lectures to genealogical and historical societies. Matthew holds an A.B. in History and an M.S. in Library and Information Science from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

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1.0 out of 5 stars Unreliable 27 May 2013
By Keeping The Faith - Published on
Format:Kindle Edition
I looked at the preview to see the Table of Contents. The first chapter looked interesting about writing your autobriography with arcalife and there was a link to Apparently the authors liked the interview questions that could be formed into a family history. When I went to the link it was dead. It did find an arcalife Facebook page, where people who had bought the book had posted complaints that they couldn't link to the site either. I also noticed that the most up-to-date company info appeared to be from 2009. (Remember, the book I'm reviewing was published in 2012.) Dead links happen, so I thought I'd notify the authors. I tried co-author April Helm who is listed as president of,Inc. I tried and the screen came up "Site Under Maintenance." At this point, I've spent more time trying to find out about the first chapter than I did finding my 9x great grandfather in New York. (That's stretching it, but you get the idea.) It seems silly to purchase a book when the entire first chapter looks like an ad for a company website and the website isn't even up. I'd expect better from AARP and for sure there are enough pitfalls and brick walls in family research without wasting time on a book that gets off on this footing. I wouldn't recommend buying it and I feel sorry for the people who did. I can only say... BUYER BEWARE.
5.0 out of 5 stars Great for beginners! 24 Aug 2014
By Dr. Beaker - Published on
The only other review of this book, currently, is a unprofessional, non-helpful 1-star review (a gross over-reaction) from someone who admits he has NOT READ THE BOOK, but rather just looked at the online preview of a few pages. Why does Amazon allow such garbage reviews?

I have read the book, and have it here on the desk next to me. I have no agenda, and no other book to sell you.

I've enjoyed reading this book - it is great for those either new to genealogy or new to doing genealogy online. It is an attractive, inexpensive, friendly, and helpful book (of moderate size) that will help you get started doing all sorts of family tree and genealogy with online resources. While there is a major problem with Chapter 1 (a web site that no longer exists), the book makes up for it by Chapter 6 describing the wonderful web site. This is a very helpful and easy-to-use book, with a lot of screen-grab examples as illustrations. Anyone who reads the WHOLE book, will be happy they have done so.
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