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Unofficial Guide to Ancestry.com

By Nancy Hendrickson

Format: Paperback

SKU# T1814

You’ll love this if…

  • You’re an Ancestry.com subscriber who wants to get the most bang for your buck
  • You want to know how Ancestry.com can help you before buying a subscription
  • You need help improving your Ancestry.com search results (including Old Search fans transitioning to the current search interface)

Discover the secrets to Ancestry.com success! This book will help you get the most out of your Ancestry.com subscription by showing you how to take advantage of all the world’s biggest genealogy website has to offer—and how to find answers to your specific family tree questions within its 12 billion records, 50 million family trees and 31,000 databases. As an unofficial guide, this book also tells you when and where to look when Ancestry.com doesn’t have the answers you need.

 

What You’ll Learn:

  • Step-by-step strategies to structure your searches to get the best results, and find what you’re looking for faster
  • How to drill down to specific records, time periods and topics using the card catalog
  • Details on each of Ancestry.com’s historical record collections, including what you can expect to find in them—and when you need to look elsewhere
  • Tips for creating and managing your family tree on Ancestry.com, as well as connecting your tree to others on the site
  • Timesaving tricks to make the most of the site’s tools, including your Ancestry.com Hints (a.k.a. the “shaky leaf”), Tree Sync with Family Tree Maker, and the Ancestry.com mobile app
  • How to use Ancestry.com to research more efficiently and effectively

Three Sample Search Tips

  1. It’s important to add a date to your search, even if it’s just an educated guess. Otherwise, your search will return people with the same name, but living across centuries. Ancestry.com’s search function is built to look not only for the exact parameters you’ve indicated, but also results that are “close.” What this means: If you type in 1800 as a date, Ancestry.com won’t limit the results to 1800 (unless you specify exact), but it will pull results around the 1800 date.
  2. Don’t specify “exact” in your census searches. Even if you know the exact name, place, and more, resist the urge to check the Exact box. Errors might have been made by enumerators, transcriptionists and ancestors, so the information recorded in the census may not exactly match what you know about your ancestor.
  3. Once you’ve filtered down to the databases you want to search in the Card Catalog, right-click (on a Mac, control-click) your mouse on the database you want to search and select Open in New Tab. After your individual database search is complete, you’ll want to return to your filtered list to explore the other relevant databases. If you navigate away from your filtered list, you’ll have to redo your filters when you’re done with your database search. But if you open a database in a new tab, you can just return to the first browser tab containing your filtered Card Catalog list.

Each chapter includes step-by-step examples with illustrations to show you exactly how to apply the techniques to your genealogy. Whether you’ve just begun dabbling in family history or you’re a longtime Ancestry.com subscriber, this book will turn you into an Ancestry.com power user!

 

Nancy Hendrickson is the author of numerous books and hundreds of articles on online genealogy. A contributing editor of Family Tree Magazine, she has been interviewed as an Internet genealogy expert in the New York Times, Kiplinger’s and Better Homes and Gardens.

 

Contents of the Unofficial Guide to Ancestry.com

 

Chapter 1:  Getting Started with Ancestry.com

Chapter 2: Family Trees on Ancestry.com

Chapter 3:  Search Basics

Chapter 4: The Ancestry.com Card Catalog

Chapter 5: Working with Census Records & Voter Lists

Chapter 5: Birth, Marriage and Death Records

Chapter 6: Military Records

Chapter 7: Immigration & Travel Collection

Chapter 8: Newspapers, Publications and Maps

Chapter 9: Stories, Memories and Histories

Chapter 10: Pictures

Chapter 11: Schools, Directories & Church Histories

Chapter 12: Tax, Criminal, Land & Wills Collection

Chapter 13: DNA and Ancestry.com

Chapter 15: Collaborating with other Ancestry.com users

Appendices
SKU T1814
Author/Speaker/Editor Nancy Hendrickson
Format Paperback
ISBN 13 9781440336188
Number Of Pages 256

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