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The book I read to research this post was Organize Your Genealogy In Evernote In 10 Easy Steps by Lorine McGinnis Schulze which is a fairly good book that I bought from kindle. This book is around 15 pages so is very short and if it was free it would be alright but it is a bit of a cheek charging for it. Nonetheless it is an interesting subject and the topic probably only warrants a book of this length. The book is about storing your genealogy and family history information in Evernote which is a cloud site where the free option is adequate for most people. The first thing you must do is have a folder that will link to the other folders and you name this folder in speach marks so it is listed first. You can arrange the other folders in various ways. Often people co-ordinate it according to the surnames or different branches of the family. On the free option you can have up to 100 tags per item and 100,000 for the entire account. At least one of the tags should be a descriptive filetype like photo or jpeg etc. You want to use enough tags to search things easily. If you are labelling photos you will normally use surname, christian name then a description. I did quite enjoy reading this book but I’d suggest wait and see if they offer it as a free e-book rather than buying it.

The book I read to research this post was Guide To WolframAlpha For Genealogy And Family History Research by Thomas MaCentree which is a very good book that I downloaded for free from kindle. This book is a nice niche subject namely the use of the WolframAlpha search engine in answering questions regarding your family. It likes questions in their natural form unlike many other search engines like Google which is quite helpful. The website address is and there is an iphone app for $4.99 available. It pulls information from many sources on the web not just its own database and there is a double arrow tool that displays the sources. You can ask general questions about your family history or find your relationship to someone and there is a = tool that displays it like a family tree. You can find someones age in years or even days and it works with different calendar systems. You can request the weather forecast for a certain day. This book is around 30 pages so is only short. Apparently Thomas had a job in the technology industry for 25 years prior to being made redundant and now works as an author. With all the books on things like Facebook Marketing it’s nice to see someone has used a bit of imagination and written a book on something different. I very much enjoyed this book and do recommend it.

The book I read to research this post was Tracking Down Your Ancestors by Dr Harry Alder which is a very good book that I bought from a car boot sale. This book concentrates on either free or low price subscription websites that you can use to trace your ancestors. There is 2 types of tracing your ancestors one is genealogy where you locate names and dates of birth and deaths and the other is family history where you find out historical information of them and things what conditions they lived in. Many people find family history more interesting and rewarding. The Mormons have a useful website at and it has quite a few affiliated websites for different countries and regions where they have done a lot of family tree research and lot of it is non-mormons and a lot of the features on this site are free to use. There is also a website at where there are loads of reports like birth and death records for many countries and different trades. These reports are free to download. A lot of this book is about how to use this site. Another important resource if you know the locality ancestors lived in is parish records and normally libraries will have various resources and I know in Britain have a subscription to a site like and you can use it free of charge. They normally have computers that you can use free to. This book was published in 2005 so is fairly up to date and I did quite enjoy reading it. I think I would recommend it especially if you see it for sale cheaply secondhand.

The book I’ve read to research this post was Tracing Your Ancestors by D M Field which is an excellent book which I bought from a second hand book store. In tracing your family tree it’s worth checking if someone has already done a local history in your area or done a family history either in your family or a related family. It’s surprising how many of these have been done and also how many exist in manuscript form and hardly anyone knows about them. It will save you loads of work. If your family is Irish you may find there was a fire at the records office in Dublin in 1922 which had various records stored more census records. You also may find your family has a coat of arms you never know. This is normally passed on via the eldest son in each generation. Another thing is family history where you read about the life in the towns and the careers your relatives worked in etc. In some ways this is better than simple family trees. Other things worth checking are wills, trade records, parish records, birth and death records and military records. This was a really enjoyable book that is only around 60 pages but is very informative.


The book I read to research this post was Tracing Your Ancestors by D M Field which is an excellent book although a bit short & I bought it from a car-boot sale. There’s a difference between family history & genealogy. Family history involves say if your family comes from Dublin in Ireland which my mums family does, reading books about that & finding out all you can about it. Genealogy on the other hand just involves tracing your family tree via things like wills & birth & death certificates. I’m sure you’ll agree family history is potentially more rewarding. Most towns & villages have at least 1 publication about their history. Many areas have at least a local historian you can contact. Most families moved around although they might only move to the next parish. The exception to this was when a family were landowners. If members of a family left wills this can give you a lot of information like who their children were & who they were married to. The hardest type of family tree to trace is an orphan with a common name, the easiest is a noble family with an unusual name & the easiest is if they have a double barrelled name. If a member served in the armed services there will be records of this. There are books which tell you the nicknames for the different regiments for example so if you find a letter with that in you can trace it. If you can trace your history back to the mid-nineteenth century there is a good chance you can trace it another hundred years beyond that it’s normally only well to do families you can trace. Often there are baptismal certificates which can be traced as well although if you are an english catholic in the 19th century that church didn’t always pass on the certificates. I think they distrusted the government. If you are a mormon you are in look as they kept quite detailed records.

The book I read to research this post was Researching Your Family History Online for Dummies by Nick Barrett et al which is a very good book which I bought from kindle. When you are researching your family tree the first thing you should do is interview each member of your family & find out what they know about your family history, ideally record the interviews on an mp3 player with a record feature, they are quite cheap. In this phase you are particularly looking for family addresses & names particularly surnames & how they have changed. Then you need to visit a genealogy site, some are free incidently, if your family was english try which has a free trial if your family was more international try which has many foreign databases although you need to pay for that. A free site that is useful for genealogy is . A good idea is to google the terms parish records & the county the person lived in. When you have researched a family history & family tree why not do a family web site which your family can visit. Ideally because your family web site won’t be a commercial enterprise you should look at free hosting or maybe have a blog site.