Searching in databases can produce gold mines of information. They can also be frustrating and inefficient if you do not know how to conduct an effective search. It’s important to learn the lingo of databases to take advantage of the advanced search features. You will discover how to: narrow the results, broaden the results, and use bread-crumb navigation. You will learn how the most common typing mistakes can fool even the best searches.
Sometimes you must stop looking for people and start looking for data points. As databases become more sophisticated, you will learn how to master the sliders and bring on the browse. If you have searched a database and not found what you were looking for, after this talk, you will want to look again.
Dina Carson has been involved in genealogy for more than two decades, and lectures frequently to genealogical and historical societies throughout the West. She is the coordinator of the Boulder Pioneers Project, a comprehensive look at the original source documents for Boulder County during the Territorial period (1859-1876) and the author of more than thirty annotated indexes of Boulder County source materials. Although her formal education is in International Law and Economics, she owns Iron Gate Publishing, a publishing company and is the author of 10 new books about publishing and genealogy including, Set Yourself Up to Self-Publish: A Genealogist’s Guide and Publish Your Family History: A Step-by-Step Guide to Writing the Stories of Your Ancestors.
Dina brings her experience with all phases of book publishing to help first-time self-publishers create quality family or local histories that are both believable and achievable. She will be teaching a class at the Salt Lake Institute of Genealogy in January 2018 based upon her experience with publishing. When she’s not at a computer working on a publishing project, you can find her photographing the pioneer cemeteries of Colorado.