Kinsearching July 23, 2006




Marleta Childs
P. O. Box 6825
LUBBOCK, TX 79493-6825

     Do you want to research your family on the World Wide Web but have no idea how to begin? Then the new book GETTING STARTED IN GENEALOGY ONLINE by William Dollarhide may be just what you need.

     The compact guide reduces the first few steps of genealogical methodology into their basic elements: interviewing family members, getting in touch with relatives, writing for death certificates, obtaining other types of death records, examining federal censuses, surfing major "look-up" sites for individuals by name, place, and date, and researching in the online catalog of the world's largest genealogical center, the Family History Library in Salt Lake City. Armed with this information, the novice will be ready to proceed further.

     Dollarhide provides data on important websites pertaining to sources for locating book titles, more "look-up" resources, lineage-links (where individuals can publish their pedigree in an online database), genealogical software/GEDCOM utilities, the various branches of the National Archives, and many of the most significant libraries, archives, and historical and genealogical societies in each state. Since many amateur genealogists become "addicted" to the hobby, the compiler also furnishes listings of professional research firms, the twenty top genealogical reference books, and genealogical magazines, online newsletters, and blogs.

     Completing the volume is a "Master Forms" section which supplies a Family Group Sheet, a Pedigree Chart, and a Family Data Sheet. To help genealogists make the most use of them, Dollarhide presents "filled-in" models for illustration.

     Although the work is intended for beginning family researchers, it also serves experienced genealogists as a quick, handy reference for essential record repositories and may give clues for research in overlooked websites. GETTING STARTED IN GENEALOGY ONLINE is a useful "one-stop" resource for many practicing and soon-to-be practicing genealogists.

     Arranging material in an easy-to-use format, the 64-page paperback scatters a few genealogical cartoons throughout the book for illustration. To the book's price of $12.95, buyers should add the cost for postage and handling charges. For U. S. postal mail, the cost is $4 for one book and $2.00 for each additional copy; for UPS, the cost is $6 for one copy and $2.50 for each additional book. The volume (item order #1499) may be purchased by check, MasterCard, or Visa from Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc., 3600 Clipper Mill Rd., Suite 260, Baltimore, Maryland 21211 (for phone orders, call toll free 1-800-296-6687; fax 1-410-752-8492; website

     Mark your calendar now for the Texas State Genealogy Society 2006 Conference on October 27-28 in Fort Worth. The meeting will take place at the MacGorman Conference Center at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary. The event will be hosted by the Mid-Cities Genealogy Society of Euless. Featured speakers will be professional genealogists J. Mark Lowe and Pamela Boyer Porter. Their topics will include how to develop a research plan, rogues and rascals, how to locate landless ancestors, "real research" websites, land barons and dirt farmers, and where to find maps and how to use them. Registration fees will be discounted if submitted by September 1. For a brochure listing costs or to obtain other information, get in touch with conference registrar Marynell Bryant, 254 County Road 4705, Sulphur Springs, TX 75482-1831 (phone 903-885-3523; e-mail

     Charles N. Ferguson, 811 South Market, Shawnee, OK 74801 is seeking information about Charley L. LOCKE and Myrtle DAVENPORT, who married on 18 August 1907 in Wise Co., TX. They are believed to have moved to California.