This is the head page for the Intermediate genealogy section of my web site. There is a navigation bar to other sections and an e-mail link to me at the bottom of the page. Intermediate Genealogy has advice, hints, tips and links for genealogists. They are not enormously advanced topics; after a couple of weeks of using the tips from the Beginning Genealogy section, you may find something here useful.
You will see these pages, in this order, on the navigation bar on every page in the Intermediate Genealogy section:
Who do I include?
So many relatives, so little time - who do you include in you family tree?
Scams and Tricks
One particularly notorious thief uses a thosand names. I list his names as soon as I can.
What is a GEDCOM?
How do I read a GEDCOM?
How do I convert text to GEDCOM?
What are Standards?
What they are and why you should have some.
I use a spreadsheet to do some basic checking on new additions. This method may work for you, too. The last half of this page is a repeat - it lists the 11 largest free genealogy sites.
Publishing your data
Once you have a couple of hundred individuals, one of the fastest ways to make connections is to publish your data on the web.
That's the end of the Intermediate Genealogy section. These sections or pages may interest you also:
Main Genealogy Section
It is the one "above" this one in the tree structure. Links to my personal genealogy, to all three sections (Beginning, Intermediate and Essays), and to some stuff that didn't fit into any particular category.
Beginning Genealogy Section
How to start, large free sites, Geezer computer skills.
Essays on Genealogy Section
The introductory page to six short musings on genealogical topics. Two of them are specifically for beginners. You might like the others.
What's the difference between a first cousin twice removed and a second cousin once removed? This page has a tree chart and text.
Eventually, when you've found an ancestor, you'll wonder what they were like; what made them laugh, what made them cry, what made them give up the farm in Vermont and move to Kansas? It is too late to ask most of them. You can ask your living relatives, and you can write an autobiography. With luck it will get passed down, and your great-grandchildren will have an idea of what you (or your parents, or your grandparents) were like. This page is a series of general questions. If you answer all of them in complete sentences - or better yet, a couple of paragraphs - you'll have a start on an autobiography. Some people have a hard time thinking of anything to write, and some of us ramble along for hours at the slightest provocation. The outline is for the first kind of people.
Why do it at all?
This is more of a philosophical piece than a nuts-and-bolts list. It's only two paragraphs long, though.