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Advanced Genealogy Research Techniques
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Break through brick walls in your genealogical research

Learn how to use innovative methods to unearth hard-to-find ancestors. Advanced Genealogy Research Techniques shows you, step by step, how to uncover elusive details by taking advantage of specialized tools and software programs and using proven best practices for breaking through the brick walls that have hindered your progress.

You'll get professional advice on formulating a research strategy, understanding the details you discover, keeping careful track of your data, analyzing the evidence, and developing hypotheses. Real-world case studies demonstrate how you can apply the systematic procedures presented in this practical guide to your own research—and achieve success!

  • Examine the brick wall in detail to find potential weak spots that can be exploited into a breakthrough
  • Use brute force techniques that leave no stone unturned
  • Obtain exact copies of original records rather than derivative sources
  • Research the family, associates, and neighbors (FANs) of your brick wall ancestor
  • Consult with your family, friends, and colleagues to get a fresh perspective on your research
  • Use crowdsourcing—genealogy societies, online forums, social media, blogs, wikis, and podcasts
  • Apply technological solutions, including DNA testing and specialized genealogical software
  • Get tips on hiring a professional genealogical researcher with the appropriate credentials and references
  • Revisit your brick wall problem after honing your research skills
  • Review your evidence, develop a research strategy, and keep a meticulous research log
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    You'll get professional advice on formulating a research strategy, understanding the details you discover, keeping careful track of your data, analyzing the evidence, and developing hypotheses. Real-world case studies demonstrate how you can apply the systematic procedures presented in this practical guide to your own research—and achieve success!

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  • Use brute force techniques that leave no stone unturned
  • Obtain exact copies of original records rather than derivative sources
  • Research the family, associates, and neighbors (FANs) of your brick wall ancestor
  • Consult with your family, friends, and colleagues to get a fresh perspective on your research
  • Use crowdsourcing—genealogy societies, online forums, social media, blogs, wikis, and podcasts
  • Apply technological solutions, including DNA testing and specialized genealogical software
  • Get tips on hiring a professional genealogical researcher with the appropriate credentials and references
  • Revisit your brick wall problem after honing your research skills
  • Review your evidence, develop a research strategy, and keep a meticulous research log
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    You'll get professional advice on formulating a research strategy, understanding the details you discover, keeping careful track of your data, analyzing the evidence, and developing hypotheses. Real-world case studies demonstrate how you can apply the systematic procedures presented in this practical guide to your own research—and achieve success!

  • Examine the brick wall in detail to find potential weak spots that can be exploited into a breakthrough
  • Use brute force techniques that leave no stone unturned
  • Obtain exact copies of original records rather...
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    Introduction
    When the Going Gets Tough...
    ...the Tough Get Going
    The Brick Wall Metaphor (and Why It Matters)
    Eight Ideas for Getting Past the Brick Wall
    What You'll Need Before You Set Out
    Chapter 1. Examine the Brick Wall in Detail
    Reexamine in Detail the Evidence You Have Already Discovered
    Focus on Details You May Have Missed or Overlooked the First Time
    Census
    Birth Certificate/Index
    Marriage License/Index
    Death Certificate/Index
    Obituary
    Tombstone/Cemetery
    Photograph
    Now That You Have More Details...
    Organize What You Have in a Genealogy Database Program
    Names
    Dates
    Places
    Create an Ancestor Timeline
    Gather All of the Evidence You Have Collected
    Organize Everything Sequentially
    Reread Everything
    Compile a Timeline
    Incorporate Historical Newspaper Research
    Example 1
    Example 2
    Example 3
    Summary
    Sources Used in This Chapter
    Chapter 2. Use Brute Force
    Indexes
    Transcriptions
    Extracts
    Abstracts
    OCR in Detail
    Sources of Secondary Information
    Family Histories, Online Family Trees, and Personal Web Pages
    Application Forms to Societies and Other Organizations
    The "Reasonably Exhaustive Search"
    Example 1
    Example 2
    Example 3
    Summary
    Sources Used in This Chapter
    Chapter 3. Go Around the Wall
    The Broader Technique (and What to Call It)
    Spouses
    Parents and Children
    Other Relatives
    Beyond the "F"
    Another Important Use of the FAN Club Technique
    Other Names
    Example 1
    Example 2
    Example 3
    Example 4
    Summary
    Sources Used in This Chapter
    Chapter 4. Talk to a Friend
    Why Share a Brick Wall Problem?
    With Whom Should You Share the Problem?
    How to Share a Brick Wall Problem
    Example 1
    Example 2
    Example 3
    Summary
    Chapter 5. Use Crowdsourcing
    Genealogy Societies
    Online Forums—An Overview
    Electronic Mailing Lists
    Electronic Message Boards
    Facebook Groups, Google+ Communities, and GenealogyWise
    Finding the Most Relevant Online Forum
    The Etiquette of Online Forums
    Blogs, Wikis, and Podcasts
    Blogs
    Wikis
    Podcasts
    Example 1
    Example 2
    Example 3
    Example 4
    Summary
    Chapter 6. Apply Technological Solutions
    DNA Testing: A Very Brief History
    Types of DNA Testing
    mtDNA Testing
    Y-DNA Testing
    Autosomal DNA Testing
    Deep Ancestry
    Mutations
    Mitochondrial Eve
    Y-chromosomal Adam
    Haplogroups and SNPs
    Ethnic Mixtures
    Companies That Perform DNA Testing
    Specialized Genealogical Software
    GenSmarts
    Clooz
    Evidentia
    Summary
    Chapter 7. Hire a Demolition Expert
    What Can a Professional Researcher Do for Me?
    Professional Genealogist
    Accredited Genealogist
    Certified Genealogist
    Other Organizations Representing Professional Genealogists
    Geographic Specialization
    Specialty Areas
    Contracting with a Professional Researcher
    If and When Things Go Wrong
    Summary
    Chapter 8. Rest Up and Attack the Brick Wall Another Time
    Learn
    Books
    Articles
    Blogs
    Wikis
    Recorded Audio and Video Programs
    Live Webinars
    Face-to-Face Presentations
    Practice
    Monitor
    Summary
    Chapter 9. Put the Techniques to Work
    Review the Evidence
    Develop a Research Strategy
    Determine the Questions You Want to Answer
    Identify All Potential Resources
    Obtain Exact Copies of the Original Records
    Analyze Evidence and Develop...
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