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Advanced Genealogy Research Techniques

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Break through brick walls in your genealogical research

"easy to read, provides clear explanations, examples and is well-illustrated, thus definitely meeting the needs of libraries and individuals seeking a book to guide family historians who are beyond the basics and need help solving problems."--forum magazine

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.

youll 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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George G. Morgan is president of Aha! Seminars, Inc. In addition to his extensive responsibilities with Aha! Seminars, Inc., George is an avid genealogist. His interest began at age ten when he and his paternal grandmother and aunt divulged his paternal history extending back before the American Revolution. In the years since then, George's genealogical research has expanded to include all the branches of his family tree and he has investigated leads in materials in all sorts of places. Libraries, archives, and courthouses are among his favorite haunts, but he will leave no stone unturned, even to the point of tracking down the original 1914 newspapers containing his great-grandparents' obituaries in a records retention facility owned by a county board of education. He is a master in working with and understanding all types of genealogical record types in the U.S., Canada, the United Kingdom, and Australia. With the advent of electronic research materials, he has become an recognized expert in using software programs, databases, Internet resources, online databases, Internet genealogical mailing lists and message boards, search engines, directories, subscription databases, and all the major online services around the world. George is the author of seven landmark genealogy books. These include: The Genealogy Forum on America Online: The Official User's Guide; the award winning Your Family Reunion: How to Plan It, Organize It, and Enjoy It, both published by Ancestry Publishing. His award-wining book, How to Do Everything with Your Genealogy, published by McGraw-Hill as part of the highly successful "How to Do Everything" series, is now available in the fulluy updates SEcond Edition. This book is one of the best-selling genealogy "how-to" genealogy books published in the last 20 years! George has also written the first and second editions of The Official Guide to His Genealogical Research in the Major Repositories of London, published through (, a print on demand publisher, has sold hundreds of copies. George is a prolific writer in other areas as well. He began in 1996 by writing the award-winning weekly online genealogy column, "Along Those Lines ..." that appeared first in the Genealogy Forum on America Online and then exclusively at the Web site from January 2000 to March 2006, and additional columns for Ancestry Daily News. He also appears weekly in the Plus Edition of Eastman's Online Weekly Newsletter (at, at the bi-monthly electronic genealogy magazine, Digital Genealogist Genealogist (at, in the Ancestry Weekly Journal at, and at other online venues. He has written literally hundreds of articles for genealogy print magazines: Ancestry Magazine, the Association of Genealogists Quarterly, Discovering Family History, Everton's GenealogicalHelper, Family Chronicle Magazine, Family Tree Magazine, the Federatio...


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 Youll 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
Birth Certificate/Index
Marriage License/Index
Death Certificate/Index
Now That You Have More Details
Organize What You Have in a Genealogy Database Program
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
Sources Used in This Chapter
Chapter 2. Use Brute Force
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
Sources Used in This Chapter
Chapter 3. Go Around the Wall
The Broader Technique (and What to Call It)
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
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
Chapter 5. Use Crowdsourcing
Genealogy Societies
Online ForumsAn 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
Example 1
Example 2
Example 3
Example 4
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
Mitochondrial Eve
Y-chromosomal Adam
Haplogroups and SNPs
Ethnic Mixtures
Companies That Perform DNA Testing
Specialized Genealogical Software
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 A...