“Harness the Power of the Web”
D. Joshua Taylor, MA, MLS
12 November–19 November 2016
The Internet has dramatically changed the way genealogists conduct their research. From hidden treasures found on the websites of local libraries to massive online databases gathered by subscription websites like Ancestry.com, there seems to always be something new to discover online.
This course shares techniques and tools to enable you to become an expert at online research. A specific focus is placed about keyword development for searching online databases, locating digital collections, and using common subscription websites effectively.
D. Joshua Taylor, MA, MLS, is a nationally known and recognized author, lecturer, and researcher and a frequent speaker at family history events across the globe. Passionate about family history, Joshua is the President of the New York Genealogical & Biographical Society (NYG&B). He also serves the genealogical community as the President of the Federation of Genealogical Societies (FGS). Joshua is the author of numerous articles, books, and a coordinator for courses at the Salt Lake Institute of Genealogy and the Genealogical Research Institute of Pittsburgh.
He holds an MLS (Archival Management) and an MA (History) from Simmons College and has been a featured genealogist on Who Do You Think You Are?. At the present time Joshua can be seen taking America through their past as a host on the popular PBS series Genealogy Roadshow.
Course Schedule (all times U. S. Eastern)
12 November 2016
- 11:00am: “Google: Beyond the Basics” Searching billions of webpages is no easy task. This session introduces intermediate and advanced concepts relating to effective keyword development, Boolean tools, and other resources necessary to thoroughly search Google for genealogical research.
- 1:00pm: “Ancestry, FamilySearch, and More: Expert Tips” Commercial and non-profit websites play an important role in our research. This session will specifically cover Ancestry, FamilySearch, Findmypast, and MyHeritage – offering tips for making the most of advanced search tools and other features offered by each service.
19 November 2016
- 11:00am: “Context and Clarity: JSTOR, Newspaper Databases, and More” Online periodical and newspapers collections offer a world of invaluable resources to help a genealogist develop context and find additional resources. This session will focus on JSTOR, America: History and Life, Newspapers.com, GenealogyBank, and America’s Historical Newspapers.
- 1:00pm: “Digital Libraries: Colleges, Universities, and Other Organizations” Genealogists cannot forget the immense resources provided through digital libraries. This session will provide a look at significant digital collections from universities across the United States, libraries and archives throughout the world, and historical organizations that are invaluable to genealogists
Plus Session: “Keyword Workshop” Join an in-depth discussion on developing proper search keywords for Google (and other databases). Learn from your fellow students (and take a look at some of Google‘s advertising tools) to become a keyword expert.