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Learning How To Tune Your Ancestry.com Search
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Learning How To Tune Your Ancestry.com Search
Learning How To Tune Your Ancestry.com Search
Learning How To Tune Your Ancestry.com Search
Learning How To Tune Your Ancestry.com Search
Learning How To Tune Your Ancestry.com Search
Learning How To Tune Your Ancestry.com Search
Learning How To Tune Your Ancestry.com Search
Learning How To Tune Your Ancestry.com Search
Learning How To Tune Your Ancestry.com Search
Learning How To Tune Your Ancestry.com Search
Learning How To Tune Your Ancestry.com Search
Learning How To Tune Your Ancestry.com Search
Learning How To Tune Your Ancestry.com Search
Learning How To Tune Your Ancestry.com Search
Learning How To Tune Your Ancestry.com Search
Learning How To Tune Your Ancestry.com Search
Learning How To Tune Your Ancestry.com Search
Learning How To Tune Your Ancestry.com Search
Learning How To Tune Your Ancestry.com Search
Learning How To Tune Your Ancestry.com Search
Learning How To Tune Your Ancestry.com Search
Learning How To Tune Your Ancestry.com Search
Learning How To Tune Your Ancestry.com Search
Learning How To Tune Your Ancestry.com Search
Learning How To Tune Your Ancestry.com Search
Learning How To Tune Your Ancestry.com Search
Learning How To Tune Your Ancestry.com Search
Learning How To Tune Your Ancestry.com Search
Learning How To Tune Your Ancestry.com Search
Learning How To Tune Your Ancestry.com Search
Learning How To Tune Your Ancestry.com Search
Learning How To Tune Your Ancestry.com Search
Learning How To Tune Your Ancestry.com Search
Learning How To Tune Your Ancestry.com Search
Learning How To Tune Your Ancestry.com Search
Learning How To Tune Your Ancestry.com Search
Learning How To Tune Your Ancestry.com Search
Learning How To Tune Your Ancestry.com Search
Learning How To Tune Your Ancestry.com Search
Learning How To Tune Your Ancestry.com Search
Learning How To Tune Your Ancestry.com Search
Learning How To Tune Your Ancestry.com Search
Learning How To Tune Your Ancestry.com Search
Learning How To Tune Your Ancestry.com Search
Learning How To Tune Your Ancestry.com Search
Learning How To Tune Your Ancestry.com Search
Learning How To Tune Your Ancestry.com Search
Learning How To Tune Your Ancestry.com Search
Learning How To Tune Your Ancestry.com Search
Learning How To Tune Your Ancestry.com Search
Learning How To Tune Your Ancestry.com Search
Learning How To Tune Your Ancestry.com Search
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  • 1. Learning How to Tune Your Ancestry.com Search Anne Gillespie Mitchell Roots Tech 2014
  • 2. Basic Search Techniques Everyone Should Know
  • 3. Searching at Ancestry.com Global searches = 31,000+ titles, 12 billion+ records
  • 4. Two Things to Think About 1) What makes your ancestor unique? • • • • Name Places Events People 2) What unique aspects will be included in records?
  • 5. What you put in your search form will be matched in your search results. Unless you “tune” your search, just one field needs to match the record to be in your results.
  • 6. Start with just a few basic facts Name, location, estimated year of birth
  • 7. Advanced Search Options
  • 8. First and Last name filters 8
  • 9. Wildcards Try wildcards with exact on names to find unusual spellings of names. Sm?th* matches Smith, Smyth, and Smythe. You must have at least 3 characters to use a wildcard. 9
  • 10. Wildcards • * matches zero or more characters • Ann* matches Ann, Anne, Anna, Annabelle, etc.
  • 11. Wildcards • * matches zero or more characters • Ann* matches Ann, Anne, Anna, Annabelle, etc. • ? matches one character • Ann? matches Anne, Anna
  • 12. Types of Locations Lived in matches a residence event, such as a census location Any event matches any location in the record
  • 13. Location filters Start searching at the “smallest location” you know, such as a county. Expand your search as needed. Then select adjacent counties and work your way out geographically to expand your search. 1
  • 14. Location filters 1
  • 15. Location filters 1
  • 16. Sneak Peek Time!
  • 17. Sliders
  • 18. Sliders
  • 19. Sliders
  • 20. Sliders
  • 21. Sliders
  • 22. Back to Tuning Your Search
  • 23. Lifespan Filtering • Entering only a birth year • Assume the person lived about 100 years. • Records returned = birth year – 5, and birthdates + 102.
  • 24. Lifespan Filtering • Entering only a birth year • Assume the person lived about 100 years. • Records returned = birth year – 5, and birthdates + 102. • Entering only a death date • Assumes the person lived about 100 years. • Records returned = death year – 105 to death year +2.
  • 25. Limit your scope At the bottom of the advanced search, you can see the types of records you will see 2
  • 26. Collection Priority
  • 27. Use facets 2
  • 28. Do a Category Search 2
  • 29. Search in a Data Collection What’s there is what is indexed Lived In in Census Records will get you that specific county Exact means exact 2
  • 30. Search in a Data Collection What’s in the description? • Source information From Maine Marriages, 1892-1996
  • 31. Search in a Data Collection What’s in the description? • Source information • Data coverage From Maine Marriages, 1892-1996
  • 32. Search From Trees 3
  • 33. Photos and Stories 3
  • 34. Photos and Stories 3
  • 35. Photos and Stories 3
  • 36. What Question are You Asking and Why You Need to Ask It
  • 37. Global Search is great. It’s a quick way to get started finding information about your ancestors. But you need to know what you want to know before the information is useful.
  • 38. Ask yourself, what do I want to know? When and where was James Smith born? What was Jane Jones’ maiden name?
  • 39. Now that you have the question, you can identify where you might find the answer. Let’s say James Smith was likely born in the 1800’s in South Carolina. South Carolina didn’t have birth records then.
  • 40. There are still lots of records that will have the information: • Census • Obituaries • Marriage records • Family bibles • Military records • Passenger lists • Naturalization records • And on, and on….
  • 41. Location, Location, Location
  • 42. Records are usually created at the location the event happened. Understanding where it might have happened is key to your search.
  • 43. Timelines!
  • 44. Framework Records
  • 45. Start with the Card Catalog Choose Census & Voter Lists
  • 46. Now you can filter by location
  • 47. Every data collection you see is part of the Census & Voter List category and has at least a few records from the United States Select Virginia
  • 48. Every data collection you see is part of the Census & Voter List category and has at least a few records from Virginia Unlike the Place Pages which were data collections specifically about Virginia but nowhere else, these collections may have other places as well Choose 1800
  • 49. There are 31 Data Collections that have at least some Census & Voter List Records from Virginia from the 1800
  • 50. Maybe make a spreadsheet of Sources you want to check every time you research Virginians from the 1800s
  • 51. You may want to browse to see what is available Ancestry.com has added over a billion records from City Directories
  • 52. Vital Records: Birth, Marriage and Death
  • 53. Before you look for a Vital Record, determine if it exists
  • 54. The Source and Red Book are both available for free
  • 55. Select Virginia Vital Records
  • 56. Select Virginia County Resources
  • 57. Summary of what was recorded and when
  • 58. There are also Resources and History on the Place Pages
  • 59. Looking for Possible Locations for Virginia Death Records in the 1850’s?
  • 60. How about Augusta, Virginia?
  • 61. Immigration: Where did they come from?
  • 62. Try http://www.ancestry.com/immigration
  • 63. How about the Ancestry.com Wiki? http://www.ancestry.com/wiki/index.php?title=Overview_of_Immigration_Research
  • 64. Immigration Records for a Specific State or Country? Place Pages
  • 65. Immigration Records for a Specific State or Country? Place Pages
  • 66. Military: What Wars Did They Fight?
  • 67. Search records by conflict Try http://www.ancestry.com/military
  • 68. Military Records? Fold3 Ancestry.com members get a 50% discount
  • 69. Want to filter by time and place? Card Catalog
  • 70. Want to educate yourself? Try the wiki
  • 71. Categories of Records: Local, Family and Church Histories
  • 72. Some of the most underused BUT most valuable resources are Local, Family and Church Histories
  • 73. Need information about a specific County? Even if your ancestor isn’t in a particular history you may learn about what life was like during their lifetime
  • 74. Card Catalog will also help you filter down your selections
  • 75. Try putting a location into Keywords(s) which will search title AND description And choose Schools, Directories & Church Histories
  • 76. Or try a surname
  • 77. Or try a religion
  • 78. References and Useful Links    Where you can find me    

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