Genealogy Basics In 30 Minutes

The quick guide to creating a family tree, building connections with relatives, and discovering the stories of your ancestors

Author: Shannon Combs-Bennett

Publisher: i30 Media Corporation

ISBN: 1939924693

Category: Reference

Page: 102

View: 3173

Preorder the book today! Genealogists are like detectives. Working out puzzles is the name of their game! If you have ever wanted to research and document your family history the right way, then Genealogy Basics In 30 Minutes is for you! Authored by professional genealogist Shannon Combs-Bennett, this genealogy book explains the joys, challenges, and triumphs of researching your family s origins. While many people assume genealogy research starts online, Combs-Bennett shows the importance of starting a family tree using documents that can be found in your own home! Genealogy Basics In 30 Minutes is written in a friendly, easy-to-understand style that avoids complex jargon. There are lots of examples, case studies, and advice that can help would-be family historians quickly get up to speed. In addition to listing best practices for conducting genealogical research, Genealogy Basics In 30 Minutes also warns readers about the many pitfalls of family research, from brick wall mysteries to time-wasting online searches. Topics include: Why are people so interested in family history? Evaluating clues, facts, and myths in family stories The importance of linking generations Vital records, from birth certificates to death records Non-vital records, from census forms to wills Religious records Five things that can trip up newbies researching family history Best practices for genealogy road trips Interviewing relatives, and dealing with skeptics Pros and cons of online genealogy research Genealogy communities and continuing education Genetic genealogy basics Understanding the Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act (GINA) Genetic genealogy and adoptees Non-paternal events and other skeletons in the genetic closet Visualizing family history with charts Research logs and genealogy journals How to create good source citations Preserving records and research Genealogy software and GEDCOM files Planning for disasters Genealogy Basics In 30 Minutes is not a comprehensive guide. Nevertheless, in a single reading you will be able to understand some important research basics that will serve you well as you embark on a journey to figure out the origins of your family. Creating a strong family tree will not only satisfy your own curiosity, but will also serve as a record to share with relatives and future generations! Preorder the book today! ** About the Author Shannon Combs-Bennett is an author, researcher, and lecturer based in the Washington, D.C. metro area. She regularly speaks and writes about genetic genealogy, Virginia genealogy, and research methods. Shannon is a frequent contributor to Family Tree Magazine and Family Tree University, serves as the Creative Director for The In-Depth Genealogist, and is the founder of T2 Family History.

iPhone Basics In 30 Minutes

The unofficial guide to the iPhone, including setup, easy iOS tweaks, and exceptional apps

Author: Ian Lamont

Publisher: i30 Media Corporation

ISBN: 1939924731

Category: Computers

Page: 102

View: 9395

In 30 minutes, learn how to unlock the secrets of your iPhone! Whether you own an iPhone or are thinking about buying one, this guide will help you get the most out of the device and its powerful hardware, the iOS operating system, and the ever-expanding universe of iPhone apps. Written in plain English with a touch of humor and lots of screenshots, this iPhone manual covers basic features as well as hidden tricks and time-savers for the iPhone 6S, iPhone 6S Plus, iPhone SE, iPhone 7, and iPhone 7 Plus. Topics include: * Setting up your new iPhone * How to customize your iPhone’s appearance * What you need to know if you are migrating from Android * Touch screen basics * 3D Touch, Peek, and Pop * Managing your Home screens * Switching apps and multitasking * Typing and text tricks * Siri and its kid brother, Dictation * Getting the most out of the powerful iPhone camera * Managing iCloud settings * Security features, from Find My iPhone to Touch ID * Wi-Fi and other wireless settings * How to tame notifications and after-hours calls * Moving, deleting, and grouping apps * Four ways to conserve battery power * Seven ways to free up storage space on your iPhone * Nine exceptional apps for your iPhone As its name suggests, iPhone Basics In 30 Minutes covers basic setup, simple customization steps, and tips on how to get the most out of your iPhone. It is not a comprehensive guide. Nevertheless, in a single reading you will discover new features and learn time-saving shortcuts that will enable you to see your iPhone in a whole new light. Buy the guide today!

Excel Basics In 30 Minutes (2nd Edition)

The beginner’s guide to Microsoft Excel and Google Sheets

Author: Ian Lamont

Publisher: i30 Media Corporation

ISBN: 1939924642

Category: Computers

Page: 88

View: 2234

Do you want to learn how to use Microsoft Excel, for a career boost or to better handle numbers, lists, and other data? The revised and expanded second edition of Excel Basics In 30 Minutes will quickly get you up to speed with basic spreadsheet concepts, tips, and tricks! Excel Basics In 30 Minutes, 2nd Edition is written in plain English, with lots of step-by-step instructions, screenshots, and examples that demonstrate exactly what to do. Instructions apply to recent versions of Excel, including Excel 2013, Excel for Office 365, and Excel Online. For users who don't own Excel, the guide explains how to use a free online spreadsheets program called Google Sheets.

Black Genesis

A Resource Book for African-American Genealogy

Author: James M. Rose,Alice Eichholz

Publisher: Genealogical Publishing Com

ISBN: 9780806317359

Category: Reference

Page: 422

View: 2189

Designed with both the novice and the professional researcher in mind, this text provides reference resources and introduces a methodology specific to investigating African-American genealogy. In the second edition, information has been reorganized by state. Within each state are listings for resources such as state archives, census records, military records, newspapers, and manuscript collections.

The Basic Genealogy Checklist

101 Tips and Tactics to Find Your Family History

Author: Henrietta M. Christmas,Paul F. Rhetts

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9781943681129

Category: Computers

Page: 128

View: 1623

Designed to help genealogists of all types and at all stages in their search, this book has several hundred tips, tactics, and online web links provided to help the beginner find the right path to get started or the experienced researcher to jump ahead to the next level. Seeking one's family history is exciting to people of all types.

Basics of Genealogy Reference: A Librarian's Guide

A Librarian's Guide

Author: Jack Simpson

Publisher: ABC-CLIO

ISBN: 0313363633

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 192

View: 9745

This book offers novice and experienced reference librarians an introduction to tried-and-true genealogy techniques and resources. With the help of four case studies, Simpson outlines a basic starting strategy for conducting genealogy research. Later chapters deal specifically with genealogical librarianship: how to conduct a reference interview, continuing and professional development, and basic resources every collection should have. Charts, screen shots, and examples of public documents are also included; while a series of appendices present the case studies in their entirety. Genealogy is one of the most popular hobbies in the United States, and is heavily researched in public libraries and historical repositories. Increasingly, major genealogy resources are available online at libraries through subscription databases or free on the internet. As a result, librarians face the overwhelming task of helping a large audience of genealogists cope with an ever growing flood of new resources. This book offers novice and experienced reference librarians an introduction to tried-and-true genealogy techniques and resources. With the help of four case studies, Simpson outlines a basic starting strategy for conducting genealogy research. Later chapters deal specifically with genealogical librarianship: how to conduct a reference interview, continuing and professional development, and basic resources every collection should have. Charts, screen shots, and examples of public documents are also included; while a series of appendices present the case studies in their entirety.

Twitter In 30 Minutes (3rd Edition)

How to connect with interesting people, write great tweets, and find information that's relevant to you

Author: Ian Lamont

Publisher: i30 Media Corporation

ISBN: 1939924480

Category: Computers

Page: N.A

View: 3240

Are you interested in using Twitter, but don't know where to start? Are you mystified by hashtags, retweets, and other strange conventions? The revised and expanded third edition of Twitter In 30 Minutes is here to help! This unofficial Twitter tutorial will walk you through the basics, using plain English, step-by-step instructions, and lots of examples from real Twitter users. In no time, you'll learn how to: * Create a new Twitter account online or on your phone * Customize your Twitter profile with photos and a bio that's right for you * Navigate Twitter icons, the Twitter app, and Twitter.com * Follow other Twitter accounts … and block those you don't like * Identify local people and organizations using Twitter * Find people who share the same interests and hobbies * Compose your first Tweets * Share photos * Use hashtags, retweets, and other Twitter conventions There's more. Twitter In 30 Minutes shows you how all kinds of people use Twitter to promote their businesses, connect with their followers, explore their interests, and have fun! It's peppered with real-world examples, from everyday people to celebrities. Authored by award-winning technology journalist Ian Lamont, the revised third edition of Twitter In 30 Minutes covers Twitter's new interface for the Web and mobile devices such as the iPhone and Android phones. There are new screenshots, along with instructions for registration on iOS and Android devices. Twitter In 30 Minutes is a perfect introduction to people who are new to Twitter, as well as those who already have accounts and want to learn how to get the most out of Twitter. Buy the book today! Here's what real readers are saying about TWITTER IN 30 MINUTES: "I quickly set up a Twitter account and started using it within a half hour. I would recommend this book for anyone who doesn't have a Twitter account, for those who do have one but aren't actively using it, and for those who aren't quite sure how to get the most out of their account." "Though I have been using Twitter for some time now, I still learned a thing or two from reading this." "Clarified any issues I had or concerns and listed some excellent precautions." "Perfect introduction to Twitter. Quick and easy read with lots of photos. I finally understand the #!" "I've been tweeting for over a year but learned a lot if helpful details I hadn't been aware of until now. Lots of easy to understand info, and good instructions with screenshots that make it easy to understand. Thanks for the help and making Twitter even more fun." "Just the quick, light intro I wanted. No annoying bits of philosophy. Some careful warnings about privacy and courtesy are included. You really can skim it in 30 minutes." "Easy to read and actually fun to fire up my twitter account and play along with each chapter. Everyone has 30 spare minutes spread out over a week (if not a day) to read this guide."

Dropbox In 30 Minutes, Second Edition

The Beginner’s Guide To Dropbox Backup, Syncing, And Sharing

Author: Ian Lamont

Publisher: i30 Media Corporation

ISBN: 1939924634

Category: Computers

Page: 85

View: 8623

Updated in 2017 to cover the new Dropbox interface and features! What is Dropbox, and how can you get the most out of Dropbox on your computer, phone, or tablet? In Dropbox In 30 Minutes (2nd Edition), award-winning technology journalist Ian Lamont uses step-by-step instructions, screenshots, and a touch of humor to explain everything from basic Dropbox installation steps to best practices for Dropbox sharing. In a single sitting, this quick and easy guide will help you get the most out of Dropbox on your computer, phone, or tablet. The second edition of this popular Dropbox book includes updated chapters as well as additional sections describing new Dropbox features of the Dropbox application for Windows and Mac PCs and laptops, the Dropbox app for iOS devices (including the Dropbox app for iPhones and iPads), and the Dropbox app for Android phones and tablets. The Dropbox manual also covers many useful features of Dropbox.com for backing up, sharing, and recovering files. In addition, the book's popular Dropbox FAQ has been expanded. What's inside * Dropbox system requirements * How Dropbox works in the cloud * Installing Dropbox on Windows PCs (Dropbox on Windows 7 and earlier, Dropbox on Windows 10 and Windows 8) * Installing Dropbox on Macs (macOS), iOS and Android * Saving files to Dropbox * Working with Dropbox folders and files * Dropbox preferences and Selective Sync * Opening a file or folder from a second computer * Dropbox mobile app: Downloading/uploading files * Dropbox Camera Upload for backing up and transferring photos from your mobile phone * Dropbox sharing via links * Dropbox collaboration Dropbox In 30 Minutes also includes an unofficial FAQ that answers the following questions: * How can I get free space on Dropbox? * How secure is Dropbox? * How do I delete Dropbox? * Why is Dropbox taking so long to sync? * Are Dropbox Business and Dropbox Pro accounts worth the extra cost? * How can I recover deleted Dropbox files? * What is Dropbox Paper and is it a substitute for Microsoft Word or Google Docs? * What are Dropbox comments? * What happens when the same file is opened simultaneously on more than one computer? * What are third-party Dropbox apps? What readers are saying about this Dropbox book Thousands of satisfied readers have purchased this Dropbox book or downloaded the Dropbox ebook edition. While Dropbox In 30 Minutes is intended for beginners, even experienced users will discover a few new Dropbox tricks. Here's what real readers are saying: "This was truly a 30-minute Dropbox tutorial. I have mastered the basics without bugging my 20-year-old son! Yahoo!" "I have read Ian's books on Dropbox and Google Drive/Docs. He's an excellent writer, and the books are highly worthwhile, especially for people new to these applications." "A short but thorough introduction to Dropbox. In my opinion, this is highly recommendable book for those who are approaching Dropbox or who need it for work and cooperative projects." "I didn't know how to use Dropbox when I bought this book, and after reading it, I was able to set up my account and to use it with my students. It is short and to the point. I am a beginner and much of these online storage options are new to me, but I was able to read the book and to then use the app." Buy your copy today! Note: Dropbox In 30 Minutes is not affiliated with "For Dummies" books, Dropbox, or other services referenced in the guide. In 30 Minutes® is a registered trademark of publisher i30 Media Corp. All rights reserved.

Crowdfunding Basics in 30 Minutes

How to Use Kickstarter, Indiegogo, and Other Crowdfunding Platforms to Support Your Entrepreneurial and Creative Dreams

Author: Michael J. Epstein

Publisher: I30 Media Corporation

ISBN: 9781641880183

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 104

View: 3471

Crowdfunding sites such as Kickstarter, Indiegogo, and GoFundMe can not only help you raise money to fund your idea or cause, they can also help establish a community of enthusiastic supporters. This crowdfunding book by author and crowdfunding expert Michael J. Epstein will show you how!

Genetic Genealogy

The Basics and Beyond

Author: Emily D. Aulicino

Publisher: Author House

ISBN: 1491840897

Category: Medical

Page: 262

View: 9223

Finally, in the rapidly evolving field of genetic genealogy an up-to-date resource is here! A Genetic Genealogy Handbook: The Basics and Beyond provides genealogists with the knowledge and confidence to use DNA testing for family research. The book guides genealogists in understanding various tests and determining what DNA segments came from which ancestor. The book explains how DNA testing helps when written records stop and discusses how testing proves or disprove oral family history. Learn which tests help adoptees; understand why you resemble your relatives and how testing can connect you with cousins you never knew. Discover how to encourage potential cousins to test and learn guidelines for becoming a project administrator, genetic genealogy speaker or facilitator for your genealogical society’s DNA interest group. A Genetic Genealogy Handbook: The Basics and Beyond helps experienced and fledgling researchers become genetic genealogists able to use DNA testing to resolve genealogical roadblocks.

Trace Your Roots with DNA

Using Genetic Tests to Explore Your Family Tree

Author: Megan Smolenyak Smolenyak,Ann Turner

Publisher: Rodale Books

ISBN: 1609616162

Category: Science

Page: 288

View: 2869

Written by two of the country's top genealogists, Trace Your Roots with DNA is the first book to explain how new and groundbreaking genetic testing can help you research your ancestry According to American Demographics, 113 million Americans have begun to trace their roots, making genealogy the second most popular hobby in the country (after gardening). Enthusiasts clamor for new information from dozens of subscription-based websites, email newsletters, and magazines devoted to the subject. For these eager roots-seekers looking to take their searches to the next level, DNA testing is the answer. After a brief introduction to genealogy and genetics fundamentals, the authors explain the types of available testing, what kind of information the tests can provide, how to interpret the results, and how the tests work (it doesn't involve digging up your dead relatives). It's in expensive, easy to do, and the results are accurate: It's as simple as swabbing the inside of your cheek and popping a sample in the mail. Family lore has it that a branch of our family emigrated to Argentina and now I've found some people there with our name. Can testing tell us whether we're from the same family? My mother was adopted and doesn't know her ethnicity. Are there any tests available to help her learn about her heritage? I just discovered someone else with my highly unusual surname. How can we find out if we have a common ancestor? These are just a few of the types of genealogical scenarios readers can pursue. The authors reveal exactly what is possible-and what is not possible-with genetic testing. They include case studies of both famous historial mysteries and examples of ordinary folks whose exploration of genetic genealogy has enabled them to trace their roots.

A Dictionary of Family History

The Genealogists' ABC

Author: Jonathan Scott

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 1473892546

Category: Reference

Page: 256

View: 2218

Part encyclopedia, part dictionary, part almanac – Jonathan Scott’s Dictionary of Family History doesn’t claim to be exhaustive, but it is practical, easy to use, entertaining and genuinely informative. It is the kind of book you can dip into or use as a starting point for deeper study, and it is the essential companion for experienced family historians and for anyone who is approaching this fascinating subject for the first time. Thousands of A to Z entries are full of intriguing facts. There are definitions, timelines and terminologies, details of archives and websites as well as advice on research methods and explanations of genealogical peculiarities and puzzles that would test the knowledge of even veteran researchers. Longer entries explaining the mechanics of the first census and other major sources and records rub shoulders with simple one-line definitions of obscure terms, useful addresses and signposts to little-known but rewarding corners of family, local and social history. This concise, clear and wide-ranging compendium of helpful, sometimes surprising information is a valuable reference tool for everyone in the field.

Genealogy Offline

Finding Family History Records That Are Not Online

Author: Claudia C. Breland

Publisher: CreateSpace

ISBN: 9781490463889

Category: Genealogy

Page: 132

View: 7946

Revised edition, September 2014. Additional images and updated content; corrected page numbers. Experienced genealogists know that the vast majority of valuable family history records are NOT online, but are housed in libraries, archives, historical societies and courthouses across the nation. After you've found names and dates and some basic information on the internet, where do you go for details? How can you find out how your ancestors lived? In this book Claudia Breland, a professional genealogist with almost 40 years of research experience, will walk you through the basics of obtaining records such as: Social Security Applications Land and Property Records Wills and Probate Records Vital Records Court Records Military Records Divorce Records Adoption and Guardianship Records Newspapers Naturalization Records Each chapter describes the type of record, the information contained, where to find them, and fascinating examples. This book is a vital addition to any genealogist's library!

The Official Guide to Ancestry. com

Author: Matthew Rayback,George G. Morgan

Publisher: Ancestry.com

ISBN: 9781593313302

Category: Reference

Page: 300

View: 3642

The Official Guide to Ancestry.com, 3rd Edition is presented in a new, task-based format, and will help new and established users understand how to get the most out of Ancestry.com. They'll learn how to start and manage their own online family tree, use new search and community features, and take advantage of family history book printing, DNA testing, and more. Each topic includes easy-to-follow, step-by-step instructions, tips, and descriptive screenshots. This newest edition of The Official Guide to Ancestry.com is a vital tool to any family historian and will help any user develop fundamental skills for using Ancestry.com, so as the site continues to grow, the user won't be left in the dark.

Google Drive and Docs in 30 Minutes (2nd Edition)

The unofficial guide to the new Google Drive, Docs, Sheets & Slides

Author: Ian Lamont

Publisher: i30 Media Corporation

ISBN: 1939924626

Category: Computers

Page: 112

View: 5747

Updated in 2018! The top-selling guide to Google’s free online office suite is now available in a revised and expanded second edition. Thirty minutes is all you'll need to get up to speed with Google Drive, Google Docs, Google Sheets, and Google Slides, the free online productivity suite and alternative to Microsoft Office. Millions of people use the software every day. You can use Drive, Docs, Sheets, and Slides to perform the following tasks: • Write letters and reports • Crunch numbers and create online data entry forms • Give presentations • Collaborate online with classmates and colleagues • Convert Microsoft Office documents to Google formats, and vice versa • Print documents, drawings, and spreadsheets • Export PDFs • Make pie charts, bar charts, and simple tables • Publish documents and spreadsheets online using the new Google Sites After covering registration, file creation and other basics, Google Drive and Docs In 30 Minutes (2nd Edition) zeroes in on the most important time-saving tips and productivity tools. Highlights include: • Converting files between Microsoft Office and Google formats. • Best practices for organizing files in Google Drive. • What to expect with collaboration and sharing. • The pros and cons of Google’s mobile apps for Drive, Docs, Sheets, and Slides. • Accessing older versions of files. • How to publish your documents to the Web for colleagues or members of the public to view. • Functions, sorting and filtering in Google Sheets (with examples). • Using Google Forms to gather data. • Google Slides: Is it a suitable alternative to Microsoft PowerPoint? • Working with offline files. • Downloading third-party apps. The tone of Google Drive and Docs In 30 Minutes is friendly and easy to understand, with lots of step-by-step instructions, screenshots, and examples. The guide can be used by anyone with a PC, Mac, or Chromebook. It also includes instructions for using Drive, Docs, Sheets, and Slides on Android and iOS phones and tablets. Google Drive and Docs In 30 Minutes, 2nd Edition is authored by Ian Lamont, an award-winning technology and business journalist. He has written several books in the "In 30 Minutes" series, including Dropbox In 30 Minutes, Twitter In 30 Minutes, and Excel Basics In 30 Minutes. Here's what readers are saying about Google Drive & Docs In 30 Minutes: “I am so glad this was made! I've been using Google Docs for a while now and have been encouraging my teacher colleagues to do so as well to facilitate collaboration. It has become my go-to text book to help new users understand quickly. If you're new to Google Drive or Google Documents, this will help you. If you're experienced, and want something to help those who come to you with questions, this is a nice tool to help them remember what you show them. I highly recommend it.” “I just got a new position that requires record keeping. Having used Google Docs in the past, I decided to update my knowledge. I googled "Docs for dummies" and this was one of the results. I liked the concept that the title implies - a concise guide that will distill what I need and allow me to complete a task quickly” “A clear and concise explanation of how to navigate your way through google docs.” “Excellent introduction to Google drive. Well researched, easy to read, nicely organized.”

Genealogy Online For Dummies

Author: April Leigh Helm,Matthew L. Helm

Publisher: John Wiley & Sons

ISBN: 1118808185

Category: Reference

Page: 432

View: 4322

Research your family history using the latest online tools and apps Genealogy Online For Dummies, 7th Edition is the perfect book to help you conduct genealogical research. Updated to cover the latest online tools, this new edition shows you how to leverage social networks and the rapidly increasing number of mobile apps to locate family members and trace their histories. You?ll discover how to start your investigation, develop a research plan of action, identify sites and resources that will be of the most use to you, get information from government records, preserve electronic materials, and share your findings with the rest of the family. Shows you how to conduct research into family history using the latest online tools, mobile apps, and other resources Explains how to use online and offline research techniques and tools for genealogical research, find and share information with other genealogists, and create your own site to showcase your family tree, digital images, and compiled genealogies Includes access to free versions of RootsMagic Essentials and Legacy Family Tree Standard Edition as well as information on free websites for storing your genealogical information Covers DNA research and testing, new geocoding applications, U.S. Census information available online, international records, public access catalogs, and more Genealogy Online For Dummies, 7th Edition helps you follow the clues to uncover your family?s legacy ? the fun and easy way.

Microsoft Word In 30 Minutes

Author: Angela Rose

Publisher: i30 Media Corporation

ISBN: 1939924715

Category: Business & Economics

Page: N.A

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In 30 minutes learn this guide will show you how to get the most out of Microsoft Word, the world's most popular tool for writing letters, reports, manuscripts, brochures, and more. You may have a handle on the basics, but Microsoft Word In 30 Minutes will show you how to leverage powerful features and shortcuts that most people seldom use. Topics include:* Interface basics, from ribbons to rulers* How to quickly format documents using styles and themes* Adding photos, charts, and other elements* Working with headers and footers* How to create a table of contents* Collaboration basics, from tracking to sharing* Protecting sensitive documents* Setting up footnotes and endnotes* Importing and exporting files and data* Printing and mailingsFor people who can't afford Office 2016, Microsoft Word In 30 Minutes also includes a section on how to use Google Docs, a fully featured online word processor and app available for free from Google, as well as Word Online, Microsoft's free online word processor with limited capabilities. Microsoft Word In 30 Minutes is authored by Angela Rose, whose previous work includes LinkedIn In 30 Minutes, 2nd Edition.

The Family Tree Guide to DNA Testing and Genetic Genealogy

Author: Blaine T. Bettinger

Publisher: Family Tree Books

ISBN: 9781440345326

Category: REFERENCE

Page: 240

View: 5517

A plain-English guide that explains the how and why of genealogy DNA testing. Bettinger gives you advice on choosing the right test to answer your specific genealogy questions, and helps you demystify and interpret the test results. He also discusses the ethics and future of genetic genealogy, and how adoptees can benefit from it.

Advanced Genealogy Research Techniques

Author: George G. Morgan,Drew Smith

Publisher: McGraw Hill Professional

ISBN: 0071816518

Category: Crafts & Hobbies

Page: 224

View: 2722

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