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CoraWeb - helping you trace your family history
If you are new to computers and/or the Internet use one of the online tutorials listed below to help you learn how to use the Internet efficiently so that you can tackle family history research online.
Looking @2.0 - A Users Guide to Online Technology
This free, online course presented by the State Library of Queensland, is designed to help you navigate through the world of online technologies. The new, updated course is broken down into eleven modules, each focusing on a theme. Each module will provide you with some background information, activities to get you thinking, a short quiz to test your understanding and a set of links and resources for you to explore more. You can complete any module that takes your interest. This is a self-paced course so go as fast or as slow as you like.
Department of Education, Science and Training
This site has a free video/DVD Connecting with Computers
. It is designed for those 45 years and over, with limited or no computer experience. It covers basic information such as operating systems, word processing, managing files, sending emails and using the Internet, as well as the benefits of digital photography.
Net.Tutor These easy to use tutorials, by the Ohio State University Libraries, cover basic Internet tools such as Web browsers and email plus a section on research techniques.
Glossary of Internet Terms A comprehensive alphabetical list of Internet terms by Matisse Enzer. This glossary is useful for beginners but also for experienced users.
Senior-Newbie A mailing list for people of all ages who would like help learning to use the Internet and/or computers for genealogy in a safe environment, without being made to feel stupid.
A Few Scanning Tips These tips by Wayne Fulton explains the basics for scanning photographs and documents.
Family History Help
If you are new to family history start with one of the family history guides listed or contact your local family history society or library. It is important to understand one of the fundamental rules of genealogical research. Begin with yourself and work back generation by generation documenting the relationships as you go. Please remember that genealogical information found on the Internet and elsewhere should always be crosschecked with the original source documents or records wherever possible.
New Zealand Society of Genealogists
Use this site to download a pedigree chart and a family group chart that you can print out and fill in.
Midwest Genealogy Center
This US site has a variety of useful charts and research logs that you can download and fill in online and save to your computer.
by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints offers access to the largest collection of free family history and genealogy records in the world. Currently there are 1541 Historical Record Collections available for online searching. These collections include original records, transcripts and digitised images of records such as parish registers. These collections cover: Africa, Asia and Middle East, Australia and New Zealand, Canada, Caribbean, Central and South America, Continental Europe, Mexico, Pacific Islands, United Kingdom and Ireland plus United States. There is also access to a research Wiki, web site video demonstrations and free online research courses. Click here for CoraWeb Quick Sheet 004 - Using Family Search
FamilySearch - Learning Center
Offers online lessons to help you understand the basic methods and key resources to start your family history. These free video courses cover – Argentina, Australia, Brazil, Canada, Columbia, Czech Republic, England, Europe, Germany, Guatemala, India, Ireland, Italy, Latin America, Mexico, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Russia, Scandinavia, Scotland, South Africa, Spain, Sverige, United Kingdom and United States plus other classes on research techniques. The videos can be watched online or downloaded. Class outlines are available as PDF downloads. The courses are rated as beginner, intermediate and advanced. Learn some new techniques or brush up on your skills. There are also audio courses (podcasts) available.
State Library of New South Wales - Family History Service
This service offers access to series of Getting Started Guides
National Library of Australia For-Family Historians offers information on Starting your Research.
Getting Started in Genealogy and Family History A comprehensive guide by GENUKI.
RootsWeb Guides This site features over thirty guides for family history research.
The Genealogy Guide Offers basic beginners advice for family history research in the UK.
Dictionary of Genealogy & Archaic Terms
A comprehensive list which includes English, Latin, Welsh and Gaelic terms plus heraldic, legal, land and measurement terms.
FamilySearch - Research Wiki - Glossary of Genealogical Terms
This is an extensive alphabetical list covering terms worldwide.
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