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Ancestry content overview

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

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