There cannot be many genealogists left who haven’t used the Internet in some way to help further their family history research. In fact, we are among the most computer- and Internet-literate people in the English-speaking world. Many people, however, have taught themselves how to use a computer, how to use a browser and a search engine, and how to navigate through the many genealogical databases available on the Internet and through libraries. This was brought home to me again this Saturday when Debra S. Fleming presented a program to our local genealogical society about Googling ancestors on the Internet. Questions and comments indicated that some people weren’t as conversant with using Google’s advanced search facilities and some of its tools as they might like.
It is important to understand the different types of resources on the Internet in order to understand what you are likely to find using each one. I’ve categorized these into five major groups, and I’d like to share an overview of each with you.
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