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    • The Wider World of Ancestry Databases
    • Find Ancestry’s Many Collections on ALE Home Page
      ALE
    • Click on “Searches” in the menu bar to see the drop-down menu of database categories
      database
    • Clicking on any category of database brings a front page filled with choices
      front page filled with
      Database categories
      Scroll down for more
      Titles of DBs in this category
    • Categories start with DBs of major interest
      > Left column
      International DBs included
      Click on more
    • Below search boxes and featured titles, all Ancestry databases are listed
      All Ancestry DBs in alphabetical order . . . Scroll down to see them all
    • Another link to all DB titles tops the right-hand category list.
      Click
      The list that appears
      • is not alphabetical
      • gives stats about each DB
    • The Wider World of Ancestry Databases
    • More features at the bottom of Category column
      Link to all DBs
      Link to Recent additions
      Notice Links to non-DB Ancestry features:
      • World Tree
      • Message Boards
    • Types of Database Content
      • Images of Original Documents
      • Transcriptions from government records or publications
      • Scanned Books
    • Types of Database Content
      • Images of Original Documents
      U.S. Federal Censuses contain actual images of the census ledgers. Databases which supply the original documents are invaluable to research and there are many on Ancestry. Most are indexed, but not all.
      Other examples: Ship passenger lists; U.S. World War I Draft registrations, U.S. Passport Applications; Civil War service cards
      • Transcriptions from government records or publications
      Information, no images.
      State and local records, such as birth, marriage, death, voter registrations, court, land, and estate records.
      No systematic inclusion of government records on Ancestry
      No uniformity of content of government record databases.
      Many of these records are from bound compilations and other published sources.
    • Example of Local Records Transcription DB
      Source is actually a publication
    • Search results show no image icon
      Instead
      Click on View Record
    • Record Page is all you get
      You can’t verify the information is correctly transcribed . . .
      Unless you can view the records somewhere else online (rare) or in the “real world.”
      • Scanned Books
      Books of records, maps, directories, and more.
      Usually out-of-print, and therefore not current.
      Content: Transcriptions, indexes, compilations
      Original sources such as city directories
      Range: U.S. and international material
    • The Wider World of Ancestry Databases
    • The Wider World of Ancestry Databases