Finding Anyone, Anywhere, Anywhen

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  • Copyright: 2005-08-06
  • Publisher: Genealogical Research Library
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A guide to using the Internet to locate people.Finding Anyone, Anywhere, Anywhen is the modern handbook on finding anyone who lived during any century in the past, as well as how to find people living today -- anywhere in the world.Whether searching for ancestors or descendents, or just looking to get in touch with friends from years ago, this is the definitive "How To" research book. The author reveals tricks learned through 30 years of research experience on how to locate people through the magic of what the Internet is today... and what it is on the verge of becoming.The author also focuses on the most common mistakes people make in trying to locate ancestors living a century or more ago. He reveals how the little-known science called onomatology is one of the major keys to unlocking genealogical research in the distant past, and shows how easy it is to open the door.Finding Anyone, Anywhere, Anywhen is an exciting read about what is possible now, and what will soon be available to those willing to surf on the cutting edge of technology.

Author Biography

Noel Montgomery Elliot is Director of Research for The Genealogical Research Library and a director of the largest genealogy website in Canada. He is author of several multi-volume genealogy publications for the years 1600-1900.

Noel Montgomery Elliot is Director of Research for The Genealogical Research Library and a director of the largest genealogy website in Canada. He is author of several multi-volume genealogy publications for the years 1600-1900.

Table of Contents

Introduction v
Our Hidden History 1(18)
The Internet Unfolds 19(20)
Finding People in the Past 39(26)
The Lost Genealogies 65(32)
Finding People in the Present 97(12)
The Future Internet 109(4)
Worldwide Website Directory 113(172)
Index 285


Introduction In the beginning, our ancient ancestors created artwork and text, pictographs and hieroglyphics, and each created work was an "original". With the invention of the printing press, mass production of copies of any original work became possible. Creativity exploded worldwide. As costs came down, the ability of people to share art and printed communication created a virtual torrent of knowledge and information. It is always the creativity of individuals - inventors, innovators and visionaries - that leads the way. The invention of radio and television created instantaneous mass communication. Each broadcast meant that anyone with a receiver would receive a simultaneous copy of the "original work". Recording devices allowed copies to be literally frozen-in-time, for later playback. In 1958, Jack St. Clair Kilby invented the integrated electronic circuit, or microchip. His invention paved the way for the miniaturization of computers and the birth of the internet. Once again, another creative individual influenced and changed the world. And so it was with the invention of the popular personal computer or PC. The "Apple", one popular example, was born in 1975. Two teenagers in California were largely responsible for its success. The Apple was designed by Steve Wozniak to demonstrate to his local computer club, and when a store ordered 50 of them, he and his friend, Steve Jobs, began production. The Apple II and its "clones" revolutionized the lives of millions of people throughout the United States and Canada. The low price of PCs brought them within reach of highly creative and talented young people in their teens and twenties. For the first time, the power previously available only to multinational corporations and governments, was suddenly available to the public. Apple computer clubs swept the continent. Here, in monthly meetings, computer enthusiasts could meet, and excitedly discuss new ideas, and try out new experiments and programs. Still, one thing was missing. And that missing something created a truly formidable challenge. These avid computer club enthusiasts and other PC users wanted to go far beyond their local clubs and neighborhoods. They wanted nothing less than to be able to communicate globally, and exchange ideas with other young people all over the world. To do this, they needed to cross language and geographical barriers, and political boundaries. It also had to be free, or almost free. How on earth could all these creative people - potentially millions of people scattered around the globe - share information and communicate with each other? A large part of the answer came during a remarkable four-year period, from 1991 to 1994. A visionary scientist named Tim Berners-Lee, working in Geneva, Switzerland, created a "shared information space" which allowed communication among a group of research scientists. These scientists needed the ability to retrieve information regardless of the variety of computer platforms that were in use at the time. Tim's real intent, however, even in his first proposal in 1989, went far beyond the needs of the physicists he worked with. He envisioned nothing less than a worldwide communication system for public use. And from 1995 onwards, the world-wide web literally skyrocketed in popularity. True, there were many internet protocols being developed as early as the late 1 960s, particularly by the U.S. military, and small nets were being used at an early date. It was the public's demand, however, that exploded the internet into the real global phenomenon it has now become. Today, the distinction has become blurred between the internet and the world-wide web (www). In this book I will often use the words interchangeably, but generally speaking, the word internet will always include the world wide web. The idea of

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