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The Internet is not the "be all and end all" of genealogy. It is just ONE of the tools in the genealogy toolbox.
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Join a Mailing List (www.rootsweb.ancestry.com). There are Mail Lists for most counties and major cities, plus surnames and many other topics you might be interested in. E-mails about subjects on the list will come to your e-mail box. If you have time, read queries that others submit, plus the answers people provide. It is an easy free way to learn.
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Search location and surname Message Boards at Rootsweb and other sites for others looking for the same person(s) you're researching. You can go to the Message Board to search but you can also ask to be notified of new entries.
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A wiki is a Web site that allows multiple users to create, modify and organize Web page content in a collaborative manner.
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Blog is an abbreviated version of Weblog, a term used to describe Web sites that maintain an ongoing chronicle of information. See blog.eogn.com and www.genealogyblog.com.
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All material found on the Internet should be considered a secondary source - even scanned images.
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When searching on Google and other sites, your results and the number of results will depend upon how you enter your keywords. If you don't find what you want, try different search words.
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Google your Family Tree at www.Google.com.
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Look for genealogy and history materials at scholar.google.com.
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Information from Internet on-line services may be passed on in good faith, but it may not be correct. Look for sources and documentation, and then check them.