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Looking for Ancestry.com search tips? These slides are from a presentation that Anne Gillespie Mitchell did for the DAR in Dallas, Texas in March 2014.

Looking for Ancestry.com search tips? These slides are from a presentation that Anne Gillespie Mitchell did for the DAR in Dallas, Texas in March 2014.

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  • 1. Putting Your Ancestors in Historical Perspective Using Ancestry.com to Tell Your Family Story Presented by Anne Gillespie Mitchell
  • 2. What is our end goal? •Not a pile of papers •Not a nice organized notebook of records, images and family group sheets •We want to tell our family story
  • 3. How do I tell my family story Method 1: – Do a lot of research – Sit down in front of Word – Wait for divine inspiration
  • 4. The Story
  • 5. The Story
  • 6. How do I tell my family story Method 2: 1. Assemble a list of resources 2. Do not always search in the same way 3. Build the foundation. 4. Analyze what you find; write up random thoughts and ideas as you go 5. Ask yourself what should I do next?
  • 7. 1. Assemble a list of resources (Don’t trust your memory)
  • 8. Search Tool #1: Place Pages Go to http://search.ancestry.com/search Down at the bottom, you’ll find the map. Each state has a listing of collections specific to that state.
  • 9. Search Tool #1: Place Pages Go to http://search.ancestry.com/search Down at the bottom, you’ll find the map. Each state has a listing of collections specific to that state.
  • 10. Search Tool #1: Place Pages Go to http://search.ancestry.com/search Down at the bottom, you’ll find the map. Each state has a listing of collections specific to that state.
  • 11. Search Tool #2: Card Catalog A complete listing of all of the data collections at Ancestry.com
  • 12. Search Tool #2: Card Catalog A complete listing of all of the data collections at Ancestry.com
  • 13. Search Tool #2: Card Catalog
  • 14. Search Tool #2: Card Catalog
  • 15. Search Tool #2: Card Catalog
  • 16. Search Tool #2: Card Catalog
  • 17. Search Tool #2: Card Catalog
  • 18. Search Tool #2: Card Catalog
  • 19. Search Tool #2: Card Catalog
  • 20. Search Tool #3: Finding Local Histories In the Card Catalog, filter down to Stories, Memories and Histories: Then in Keywords type in the location you are looking for
  • 21. Search Tool #3: Finding Local Histories In the Card Catalog, filter down to Stories, Memories and Histories: Then in Keywords type in the location you are looking for
  • 22. Search Tool #4: Finding Surname Histories In the Card Catalog, filter down to Stories, Memories and Histories: Then in Keywords type in the name you are looking for
  • 23. Search Tool #5: City Directories http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=2469
  • 24. Search Tool #6: Message Boards
  • 25. Search Tool #6: Message Boards
  • 26. Search Tool #6: Message Boards
  • 27. Search Tool #6: Message Boards
  • 28. Search Tool #7: All Hints Page
  • 29. Search Tool #7: All Hints Page
  • 30. Search Tool #7: All Hints Page
  • 31. 2. There is not one perfect way to search Vary your methods
  • 32. Search Tool #8: First and Last name filters
  • 33. Search Tool #9: Location filters Use the location filter, by selecting the type ahead. Then selecting adjacent counties and working your way out geographically to expand your search. Use the location filter, by selecting the type ahead and then selecting adjacent counties and working your way out geographically to expand your search.
  • 34. Search Tool #10: 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.
  • 35. Search Tool #11: Limit your scope At the bottom of the advanced search, you can see the types of records you will see
  • 36. Search Tool #12: Do a Category Search
  • 37. Search Tool #12: Do a Category Search
  • 38. Search Tool #13: Use facets
  • 39. Search Tool #13: Use facets
  • 40. Search Tool #13: Use facets
  • 41. Search Tool #14: Look for Family Member If you can’t find who you are looking for, look for : • Siblings • Parents • Cousins • Grandparents • Neighbors Use Elizabeth Shown Mill’s FAN approach: • Friends • Acquaintances • Neighbors
  • 42. Search Tool #15: First or Last Name Only Searches
  • 43. 3. Build a framework
  • 44. Build a Framework: Time to look in the Census Records Find all the census records and start to pull everything out of them. • The United States Census Records are taken every 10 years. • Their purpose is to enumerate the people who are residents in the country. The population in specific states defines the number of congress representatives and electoral votes. • Depending on what was happening in the country at that time, different questions would be asked.
  • 45. Time to look in the Census Records The first US Census was taken in 1790. From 1790 through 1840 only heads of households were named. Other family members were represented by count.
  • 46. Time to look in the Census Records The census records from 1850 to 1870 enumerated each person by name. Family relationships were not stated, but the clues are there.
  • 47. Time to look in the Census Records The census from 1880 list each person by name AND the relationship to the head of household. Very few 1890 US Census Records exist.
  • 48. Through the Eyes of the Census: 1940 Roy(?) Gillespie No Occupation born c. 1865, Virginia His spouse and children Wife Laura M, b. c. 1877, VA Daughter Minnie L, b. c. 1898, VA Daughter Evelyn P, b. c. 1907, VA Daughter Helen A, b. c. 1919, VA
  • 49. Through the Eyes of the Census: 1930 Wyatt P Gillespie Carpenter born c. 1865, Virginia Married c. 1893 His spouse and children Wife Laura C, b. c. 1877, VA Daughter Minnie M, b. c. 1898, VA Daughter Eva D, b. c. 1902, VA Daughter Louise D, b.c. 1907, VA Son Fred D, b.c. 1911, VA Son Gilbert, b.c. 1914, VA Daughter Helen A, b. c. 1919, VA
  • 50. Through the Eyes of the Census: 1920 Wyatt P Gillespie Carpenter born c. 1865, Virginia Married c. 1893 His spouse and children Wife Laura C, b. c. 1877, VA Daughter Minnie M, b. c. 1898, VA Son Ashby P, b.c. 1900, VA Daughter Eva D, b. c. 1902, VA Son Clinton C, b.c. 1907, VA Daughter Louise G, b.c. 1908, VA Son Fred D, b.c. 1911, VA Son Gilbert, b.c. 1914, VA Daughter Helen A, b. c. 1919, VA Parents and Siblings Sister Harriett A, b. 1851, VA
  • 51. Through the Eyes of the Census: 1910 Wyatt P Gillespie Carpenter born c. 1865, Virginia Married c. 1894 His spouse and children Wife Laura C, b. c. 1877, VA Daughter Minnie M, b. c. 1898, VA Son Ashby P, b.c. 1900, VA Daughter Eva D, b. c. 1902, VA Son Clinton C, b.c. 1907, VA Daughter Louise G, b.c. 1908, VA Son Fred D, b.c. 1911, VA Son Gilbert, b.c. 1914, VA Daughter Helen A, b. c. 1919, VA Parents and Siblings Sister Harriett A, b. 1851, VA
  • 52. Through the Eyes of the Census: 1900 Wyatt P Gillespie Carpenter born July 1865, Virginia Married c. 1894 His spouse and children Wife Laura C, b. Feb 1877, VA Daughter Minnie M, b. Jan 1897, VA Son Ashby P, b. Jun 1898, VA Daughter Eva D, b. c. 1902, VA Son Clinton C, b.c. 1907, VA Daughter Louise G, b.c. 1908, VA Son Fred D, b.c. 1911, VA Son Gilbert, b.c. 1914, VA Daughter Helen A, b. c. 1919, VA Parents and Siblings Sister Harriett A, b. 1851, VA
  • 53. Through the Eyes of the Census: 1880 Wyatt P Gillespie Carpenter born July 1865, Virginia Married c. 1894 His spouse and children Wife Laura C, b. Feb 1877, VA Daughter Minnie M, b. Jan 1897, VA Son Ashby P, b. Jun 1898, VA Daughter Eva D, b. c. 1902, VA Son Clinton C, b.c. 1907, VA Daughter Louise G, b.c. 1908, VA Son Fred D, b.c. 1911, VA Son Gilbert, b.c. 1914, VA Daughter Helen A, b. c. 1919, VA Parents and Siblings Father Jere (Jese?), b.c. 1820, VA Mother Mary (?), b.c. 1840, VA Sister Harriett A, b. c. 1849, VA Brother George, b. c. 1856, VA
  • 54. Through the Eyes of the Census: 1870 Wyatt Paul Gillespie Carpenter born July 1865, Virginia Married c. 1894 His spouse and children Wife Laura C, b. Feb 1877, VA Daughter Minnie M, b. Jan 1897, VA Son Ashby P, b. Jun 1898, VA Daughter Eva D, b. c. 1902, VA Son Clinton C, b.c. 1907, VA Daughter Louise G, b.c. 1908, VA Son Fred D, b.c. 1911, VA Son Gilbert, b.c. 1914, VA Daughter Helen A, b. c. 1919, VA Parents and Siblings Father Jere (Jese?), b.c. 1826, VA Mother Mary (?), b.c. 1840, VA or Ann b.c. 1827, VA Sister Harriett A, b. c. 1847, VA Brother James, b. c. 1851, VA Brother William, b. c. 1855, VA Brother George, b. c. 1856, VA
  • 55. Start a Timeline with the Census
  • 56. Start a Timeline with the Census
  • 57. Timeline Tips • Add other censuses • Layer on historical events – e.g., The U.S. entered World War I in 1917.
  • 58. Add in Historical Events
  • 59. Timeline Tips • Add other censuses • Layer on historical events – e.g., The U.S. entered World War I in 1917. • Create a to-do list based on what you find.
  • 60. Timeline Tips • Add other censuses • Layer on historical events – e.g., The U.S. entered World War I in 1917. • Create a to-do list based on what you find • Cite sources on your list so you’re prepared for any conflicts. – Create a template for censuses to make it easy.
  • 61. 4. Analyze what you find; write up random thoughts and ideas as you go
  • 62. Write down and analyze what you see Look at Ann Irene Feazell • There is a Annie I Feazell, aged 3. • She is living in Marion, Smyth, Virginia. • Her parents are A Frank and Clara E. • Now it is time to explore the image.
  • 63. The 1920 Census • A Frank Feazell, born 1887; was the head of the household; he was born in Virginia as were his parents. • Clara Feazell, born 1891, was Frank's wife; she was born in Virginia as were her parents. • Ann (listed as Anna O) was born in 1917 in Virginia. • She has an older sister named Josephine S born in 1915 in Virginia. • She has a younger brother named Carl V born in 1920 who is listed as 7 months old. • There are no immigration years listed for anyone, which makes sense since they are all from Virginia. • Frank is listed as a farmer who rented a farm. Frank and Clara can both read and write, the children cannot. • Next door on one side is a family made of Mollie Snavely, Edna Wilmore, and Ferdinand S Snavely. • On the other side is John and Fairy Crow. • Also, listed on the page is a John D Feazell and Josephine Feazell. • There are 11 Feazell's living in Smyth County, Virginia in 1920.There are 22,132 people living in Smyth County, Virginia in 1920.
  • 64. The 1920 Census • A Frank Feazell, born 1887; was the head of the household; he was born in Virginia as were his parents. • Clara Feazell, born 1891, was Frank's wife; she was born in Virginia as were her parents. • Ann (listed as Anna O) was born in 1917 in Virginia. • She has an older sister named Josephine S born in 1915 in Virginia. • She has a younger brother named Carl V born in 1920 who is listed as 7 months old. • There are no immigration years listed for anyone, which makes sense since they are all from Virginia. • Frank is listed as a farmer who rented a farm. Frank and Clara can both read and write, the children cannot. • Next door on one side is a family made of Mollie Snavely, Edna Wilmore, and Ferdinand S Snavely. • On the other side is John and Fairy Crow. • Also, listed on the page is a John D Feazell and Josephine Feazell. • There are 11 Feazell's living in Smyth County, Virginia in 1920.There are 22,132 people living in Smyth County, Virginia in 1920.
  • 65. How did I know the number of people? Where did this come from? How do I calculate the number of People in the county?
  • 66. How did I know the number of people? Start on the homepage and choose the year of interest
  • 67. How did I know the number of people? Make sure you are on the advanced version of the form
  • 68. How did I know the number of people? Choose the county you are looking at from the “place picker”
  • 69. How did I know the number of people? Click on “Use default settings” Choose “Restrict to this place exactly”
  • 70. How did I know the number of people? Look at the Result Number
  • 71. How did I know the number of people? Click edit Type in the last name Click “Use default settings”
  • 72. How did I know the number of people? Choose Phonetic and Names with similar meanings Click search
  • 73. How did I know the number of people? Look at the result count
  • 74. Start the Timeline with the Census Add information into a timeline S
  • 75. Create the Timeline with the Census Add in events you know from the Census
  • 76. Add in the 1920 Census Add in the info from 1920
  • 77. Update the timeline
  • 78. 1790 – 1840: Build a Skeleton Family
  • 79. 1790 – 1840: Build a Skeleton Family
  • 80. Immigration: When and where did they come from? 1. Begin with records created by the families in the US 1. 1930, 1920 censuses, military registration, obituaries 2. Find the immigrant in the immigration and travel collection at Ancestry.com 3. Use Name, Birth Details and Place Information to Locate Your Ancestor in International Records
  • 81. Immigration: When and where did they come from?
  • 82. How do I tell my family story Method 2: 1. Assemble a list of resources 2. Do not always search in the same way 3. Build the foundation. 4. Analyze what you find; write up random thoughts and ideas as you go 5. Ask yourself what should I do next?
  • 83. Where do you tell your family story?
  • 84. Where do you tell your family story? http://geneabloggers.com/about/
  • 85. Where do you tell your family story? http://youtu.be/MfRmJKn8ciA (You Tube search ancestry.com cousin bait)