Using Technology Effectively to Solve Research Problems
A demonstration on how various technologies (genealogy computer programs such as AncestralQuest, Legacy, and RootsMagic, research wiki’s, animated mapping programs, Adobe Photoshop, and Google’s University Search) help today’s genealogists stay focused (making adequate preparation before going online) on what is already known, what is needed to answer specific questions (sources), how to obtain the needed information (methodologies), how to visualize the research problem (historic timelines and history), how to obtain expert 24/7 help (FamilySearch, Ancestry, etc.), and how to discriminate between various levels of information (using original and compiled information).
Karen Clifford, AG, FUGA, has credentials in the Midwestern, Southern, and Mountain West Regions, is President of Genealogy Research Associates, Inc., an Instructor/Curriculum Developer in genealogy/technology courses at Monterey Peninsula College (California) and Salt Lake Community College, has authored several genealogy textbooks focusing on research methodology including The Complete Beginner’s Guide to Genealogy, the Internet and Your Genealogy Computer Program (Genealogical Publishing Company 2011); Digging Deeper: Understanding Pre-1805 Genealogy Record Groups (graonline.com 2012); and Becoming an Accredited Genealogist (Ancestry.com 2002). Karen has written and edited several published family histories for genealogy clients and produced multi-media DVD histories.