Advanced Genealogy Research Techniques

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Media: BOOK - paperback, 224 pages
Author: G. Morgan & D. Smith
Year: 2015
ISBN: 9780071816502
Other: b&w photos, index
Publisher: McGraw-Hill

Learn how to use innovative methods to unearth hard-to-find ancestors. "Advanced Genealogy Techniques" shows you, step-by-step, how to uncover elusive details by taking advantage of specialised 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 fine 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 neighbours (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 specialised genealogical software
- Get tips on hiring and 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

1. Examine the Brick Wall in Detail
2. Use Brute Force
3. Go Around the Wall
4. Talk to a Friend
5. Use Crowdsourcing
6. Apply Technological Solutions
7. Hire a Demolition Expert
8. Rest up and Attack the Brick Wall Another Time
9. Put the Techniques to Work

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