Family History Month Day 25 – Google Books

    On Day 25 of Family History Month, visit Google Books and create your own online library with books that mention your ancestors. You can use Google to find FREE Family History books and then read them or view them on your home computer or phone.   Google Books works just like a search on Google.com except it searches an online book collection instead of websites. The books come from their Library Project and Partner Program.   The Library project search can result in four possible views: Full View Limited View Snippet View No Preview Available     I'm primarily interested in the "Full View" where I can see the entire book so I go to Google Books and do an initial search:   This is what the search results look like:   If your first interest is in seeing books that offer a "Full View" go to "Search Tools" in the center, top menu that appears after your initial search, a…
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Family History Month Day 24 – Set Google Alerts

    On Day 24 of Family History Month, let Google do your research and email you the results. You just need to set up some Google Alerts.         I set up a Google Alert for "Family History Month" and here's an example of an email I received (image below).  

      To set up your own alerts, go to https://google.com/alerts. The image below is what you will see when you're on the Google Alerts page. They offer "Alert suggestions" you may want to look through.         Some things you may want to create Google Alerts for include: a family name you're researching, surnames, a surname and "DNA", genealogy, family history, genealogy apps, or even your own name. I've created an alert for an ancestor and put his name in quotation marks so Google will only alert me if the entire name appears as I've typed it in the quotation marks. You can s…
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Family History Month Day 23 – Archives Portal Europe

  Archives Portal Europe allows users to search across archival collections throughout Europe or to specifically locate an archive within a European country. It's a helpful site for genealogists and family historians looking to find archival records or an archive's website. Archives Portal Europe is part of a cooperative effort with Europeana to make archival material searchable. "We are an important strategic partner of Europeana and are working with them to develop a common digital infrastructure for cultural heritage across Europe." Archives Portal Europe is "working to create a one-stop web service to make European archives as accessible as possible. ...Archives Portal Europe enables them [users] to find information more efficiently from millions of archival materials stored in hundreds of archival institutions. This is the first time European archives have collaborated on this scale, and the potential that these connections provide is enormous for both archival prof…
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