Genealogy Online For Dummies
Online is the place to be for genealogy research. Hundreds of genealogy Web sites help you research family origins and movements through search services, query services, and other links. And of many specialized Web sites, HistoryKat gives you access to postal and military records.
Select Genealogy Web Sites
Doing genealogy research online means accessing a variety of Web sites. Some Web sites offer news about genealogy tools and techniques, and others serve as message boards where you can post queries. Here's a list of recommendations for a range of purposes:
For news and information about developments in genealogy:
For surname resources:
To post queries and share genealogical research success:
For United States government resources:
How to Use HistoryKat for Online Genealogy Research
Registering to use HistoryKat gets you access to digitized genealogy records and indexes to documents housed in archives and libraries. HistoryKat can help you find records to fill in your family tree because of its access to military and postal service records.
Using the Name Search engine
If you have a name, use the Name Search feature:
Find the search box labeled Search HistoryKat near the top of the HistoryKat home page.
Type the first and last name of the individual you’re looking for in the appropriate boxes, and click the Search button.
The Search Results page contains a table showing the collections that contain the name on the left side and the number of instances of the name in the right column.
Click a link in the left column that looks promising.
The link will go to a page listing the image titles containing the name. Clicking the name will display the image.
Browsing by collection in the directory
On the home page for HistoryKat is a list of the collections available on the site. To access them:
Click the link to the collection that interests you.
A list of data sets appears with an indicator of whether they are indexed.
Select a data set by clicking the title.
A list of rolls or part of a book is displayed.
Click the title of a roll or part.
The names of individual images within the data set appear. Click the Select Image link in the right column to see an image.