Another significant difference between Ancestry Library and Ancestry.com is that with the home subscription to Ancestry.com you can incorporate the information you find directly into a family tree program to save and add to whenever you find more information. You can also merge information from other people’s trees and share information, photos and notes with other subscribers.
Search within Ancestry Library edition for specific information: historical records (e.g. birth certificates, passenger lists, etc.), family stories/trees, and photos & maps (over 1000, mostly of the U.S.) Option of downloading charts & forms to help record the research. 3 search types: EXACT – searches look for records that contain all of the search terms and restrictions you enter RANKED – searches look for any words you entered and ranks the results with the closest matches on top ADVANCED – searching allows you to refine your search further by enabling more limits
ADVANCED SEARCHING - Applying by details beyond the first name and the surname - Option allows you to search for the country that the ancestor lived in, years that the ancestor was alive, or limiting to specific records such as census returns Soundex – searches for all of the various spelling of the ancestor’s surname. THIS IS IMPORTANT & VALUABLE TOOL because census takers may have misspelled the ancestor’s name or the census taker’s handwriting may have been hard to read by the people who transcribed the census records Usual truncation symbols are allowed: “*” at the end of the word to represent 1-6 characters and “?” to represent a single character; HOWEVER, in order for the “*” symbol to work effectively, you will need at least 3 characters PRIOR to the truncation symbol
Card Catalog – fancy way of listing all of Ancestry’s databases in an alphabetical listing Advanced Search – more options
Click the search tab to access this area. Scroll down to select the region
Key tips: Mcleod or Macleod? Click the radio button in the upper right hand corner to get the Soundex feature Is Aggie a nickname for Agatha? Or was she was registered as Aggie? Best to leave it blank Birth year range 1903-1905 so use +/- with the # of years for range No idea what county Thunder Bay maybe listed under. Not to mention, Thunder Bay is a both a county, district and a city. Not sure which option to use so best to leave it blank Father’s name is George with presumably the same last name
Important historic documents from the U.S. National Archives are now making their way online due to an agreement with Footnote.com. Digitized copies of documents such as Revolutionary War pension records and Civil War service records can be viewed and even annotated through what may be the best image viewer available on the Web. You can also create free personal story pages to track your research or share your documents and photos. Search results are also free, although you&apos;ll have to subscribe to view, print and save most of the actual document images.
Footnote.com allows you to search and view over 5 million digitized documents and photos from American history. Members can view, save and print the documents they find. A nifty feature allows you to highlight a name, place or date and add an annotation. Comments can also be added to post corrections or add additional information for anyone else who views the same image. The image viewer works quickly and seamlessly, and the jpeg images are of very high quality. Since many of the titles are &quot;in progress,” it is recommended that you use the &quot;Browse by Title&quot; feature to view the full description of the each document series, as it includes a nice completion status feature. Titles and documents are being added quickly and regularly, however.
Simple search is just that - simple. You enter search terms and then choose whether to search across all documents, or within a specific document set, such as PA Western Naturalizations. There is presently no soundex search, but you can narrow the search by document type, such as across all naturalization records, or within a particular title (first browse to the document subset you wish to search, and then enter your search terms). Advanced search hints can be accessed by clicking on the ? next to search. Footnote.com has the framework in place to be one of the most flexible and user-friendly sites on the Web for American genealogists. Once they add more records (and there are many in the works), upgrade the search feature, and do some tweaking, it has a good deal of potential and promise.
Sanborn fire insurance maps are the most frequently consulted maps in both public and academic libraries. Sanborn maps are valuable historical tools for urban specialists, social historians, architects, geographers, genealogists, local historians, planners, environmentalists and anyone who wants to learn about the history, growth, and development of American cities, towns, and neighborhoods. They are large-scale plans containing data that can be used to estimate the potential risk for urban structures. This includes information such as the outline of each building, the size, shape and construction materials, heights, and function of structures, location of windows and doors. The maps also give street names, street and sidewalk widths, property boundaries, building use, and house and block numbers. Seven or eight different editions represent some areas. Textual information on construction details (for example, steel beams or reinforced walls) is often given on the plans while shading indicates different building materials. Extensive information on building use is given, ranging from symbols for generic terms such as stable, garage, and warehouse to names of owners of factories and details on what was manufactured in them. In the case of large factories or commercial buildings, even individual rooms and the uses to which they were put are recorded on the maps. Other features shown include pipelines, railroads, wells, dumps, and heavy machinery. Click here to access a key provided by the Sanborn Map Company. (Note: Because the key is a detailed file, it must be large so that you can view it completed. As a result, it may take a while for the key to load onto your computer screen.) Founded in 1867 by D. A. Sanborn, the Sanborn Map Company was the primary American publisher of fire insurance maps for nearly 100 years. To order individual maps directly from the Sanborn Map Company (now owned by Environmental Data Resources, Inc. (EDR)) please call 1-800-352-0050 or visit their website at http://www.edrnet.com/ Scope of the Collection Digital Sanborn Maps was created from ProQuest Information and Learning&apos;s microfilm collection of 660,000 Sanborn Maps, which were filmed from the Library of Congress&apos; collection. The Library&apos;s Sanborn collection includes all maps submitted to the Library through copyright deposit and a set of maps transferred to the Library from the Bureau of the Census. Maps from the Bureau of the Census include corrections issued by the Sanborn Company that were pasted over the original map sheet. Maps acquired through copyright deposit remain in their original form.
FREE Genealogy Workshop
What are these databases and how can they help with research?
What unique resources are available in each of the databases?
How do I log in to access them without paying subscription fees?
Additional tips, time for sharing and practice
Please call reference staff, we will print handouts for attendees
Part I: Library Subscription Databases
January 18, 1:00 – 2:00, East Room
Part II: State Provided Databases
January 25, 1:00 – 2:00, East Room
Cynthia Hesser, Presenter
Ancestry Library Edition
What are these databases and how can they help with research?
How are each unique?
What resources are available in each of the databases?
How do I log in to access them without paying subscription fees?
Search Tips and Additional Resources
What is Ancestry Library?
Ancestry Library Edition is an enhanced library database
version of Ancestry.com, the largest and most popular
genealogy website on the market. Similar to the website, this
database provides digital access to United States, United
Kingdom and Canadian census returns, vital statistics, military
records, ships’ passenger lists, directories, parish records,
family trees, maps and forms.
How is different from Ancestry.com?
Ancestry Library Edition is almost but not
EXACTLY the same as Ancestry.com! In other
words, the library version provides access to many of the
same records as the website but not to some of the more
“specialized” resources such as the historical newspapers
collection, and the PERSI (Periodical Source) index.
What can be accessed by each?
Access to Ancestry.com with features such as:
Collaboration, Learning Center, Shopping,
OneWorldTree and other Family Trees ( ) is
only available from home by personal ( )
Ancestry Library Edition, however, is only available to an
institution. Leavenworth Public Library subscribes so
patrons can access the database on our computers or
their laptops as long as they are in the library. Records
from U.S., Canada, U.K., Germany, and some other
countries as well. 150 million military records including
Vietnam are available along with millions of multimedia
files like family and gravestone photos, postcards and
Main Resources found in Ancestry
Library Edition - US
American Census records, 1790-1930
New York City Births, Marriages and Deaths, 1600s-1902
United States Obituary Collection
Social Security Death Index
Border Crossings: From Canada to US, 1895-1956
New York Passenger Lists, 1820-1957
U.S. Passport Applications, 1795-1925*
U.S. Naturalization Records, 1795-1972
Main Resources – US
Civil War Service Records 1861-1865
World War I Draft Registration Cards, 1917-1918
World War II Draft Registration Cards, 1942*
World War II Army Enlistment Records, 1938-1946
U.S. General Land Office Records, 1796-1907
U.S. Marine Corp Muster Rolls, 1798-1958*
Daughters of the American Revolution Lineage (over 150
American Genealogical Biographical Index (over 200
Main Resources – UK
English & Welsh census records, 1841-1901
Scottish census records, 1841-1871, 1891
Free BMD indexes, 1837-1915
Indexes to English & Welsh civil registration records, 1837-
Pallot’s Baptism and Marriage Indexes for England, 1780-1837
Main Resources – UK & IR
United Kingdom & Ireland…
UK Incoming Passenger Lists, 1878-1960
British Army WWI Service Records, 1914-1920
British Commonwealth War Graves Registers, 1914-1918
British Phone Books, 1880-1981
England & Wales, Criminal Registers, 1791-1892
Irish Records Index, 1500-1920
Irish Marriages, 1771-1812
Main Resources Canada
1851-1911 federal Census returns
1906 and 1916 Prairie Census returns
Canada Parliamentary Marriage and Divorces, 1867-1919
Ontario Birth, Marriage and Death records, 1857-1934
Ontario – Marriage Registers by Clergy, 1896-1948
Quebec Vital & Church Records (Drouin Collection), 1621-1967
Canada Obituary Collection
Canadian Passenger Lists, 1865-1935
Border Crossings: From US to Canada, 1908-1935
Canadian Soldiers of World War I, 1914-1918
Canadian Civil Servants List, 1872-1900
Canadian Genealogy Index, 1600s-1900s
Main Resources - EU
Hamburg Passenger Lists, 1850-1934
Baden, Germany Emigration Index, 1866-1911
German Phone Directories, 1915-1981
Mecklenburg-Schwerin Census, 1819, 1867, 1890 and 1900 (in
Denmark Births, Christenings & Marriages, 1631-190ss (in
Norway Births, Christenings & Marriages, 1600s-1800s (in
Resources Not Carried in Ancestry
(Note: most of these resources are available through
HeritageQuest Online database)
Biography & Genealogy Master Index
Family & Local Histories collection (primarily U.S.)
Freedman’s Bank Records (*HeritageQuest Online)
Historical Newspaper Collection
Passenger & Immigration List Index
PERiodical Source Index (*HeritageQuest Online)
How do I login to a databases?
1. In the Internet address bar, type:
http://www.leavenworthpubliclibrary.org and click
“Resources and Training” at top of page.
2. Select “Explore a Topic”.
3. Select a desired genealogy database: Ancestry
Library, Heritage Quest, FOLD3, Digital Sanborn
Maps or Genealogy Connect.
Let’s say we are looking for ‘Buffalo Bill’ Cody.
We find out his real name was ‘William Frederick
Cody’ and we know he was born in Iowa in 1846.
We also know that he died in 1917. We will put
this information into Ancestry database and click
‘Search’ to view results.
Census Headings 1790
1790 FEDERAL CENSUS HEADINGS
NAME OF HEAD OF FAMILY.
Free white males of 16 years and upward,
including heads of families.
Free white males under 16 years.
Free white females, including heads of families.
All other free persons.
Refining Search Options
1. Click on the radio button to enable “exact match”
2. Select either “exact” or “soundex” from drop down
Exact vs. Soundex
Exact = searches for the term EXACTLY the way you
e.g. MacLeod but NOT McLeod
Soundex = searches for all of the various spelling of the
e.g. Smith, Smythe, Smithe, etc.
Print, Save or Email…
Caution: Do not use the commands under
the File tab at this point!!!
E.g. if you try to print, you will only print off
a portion of the record/page you are
viewing. Instead, use the “Print” feature
(printer icon) located in the upper right
hand corner of the screen! Follow
Users also have the option of emailing the
records to themselves or saving them to a
flash drive/usb key/memory stick. Simply
use the icons (disc for save and email for
Less is more!!! If you don’t succeed with your current
search terms, remove some of them & try again!
Use the “Soundex” feature to search for various spelling
variations of surnames!
Leave the “first name” field blank because a first name
can be a nickname or short for a longer name
E.g. Robert = Bob, Robbie, Robin, Rob, etc.
Over 90 million images of historical American documents and
photos from the 17th, 18th, 19th and 20th centuries.
Records include: Revolutionary & Civil War pension & service
records, state naturalization records and case files of the FBI.
Annotate, comment, print and save digital document images.
Story pages allow you to create a simple Web page with point
and click editing.
Upload and post your own historical documents for free.
Under the nonexclusive agreement, Footnote's images will be
available on the National Archives' Web site after five years.
To access Sanborn Maps:
About the maps…
About Digital Sanborn Maps
ProQuest Information and Learning's Digital Sanborn
Maps, 1867-1970 provides academic and public libraries
digital access to more than 660,000 large-scale maps of more
than 12,000 American towns and cities. In electronic form,
Sanborn Maps take on much improved value over the
microfilm versions of the same maps, allowing for greater
flexibility of use and improved viewing possibilities. Users have
the ability to easily manipulate the maps, magnify and zoom in
on specific sections.
Save as PDF
How will you share your genealogy?
Create a book? You may decide you would like to post
family trees on a web site you’ve created or email them
to a friend.
If the document is created in a special genealogy software
program, the recipient may not be able to view it unless
it is converted to a pdf file. This may be easy…
Tips for saving and sharing info
Use Family Tree Maker or similar type software
Save as ‘PDF’ (or download free program to ‘print’ pdf)
and post to personal website
Print trees and charts for genealogy notebook and add
information that you gather
On some computers you can accomplish it
with ‘Save As’ …
If ‘Save As’ pdf isn’t an option..
There are free programs you can download that will
convert the file to pdf. Then when you select ‘Print’ the
pdf writer will be a new option you can select as a
printer. It will just print to the computer screen and
then you can print to your regular printer or ‘Save As’ to
your computer. Here are a couple that I have used:
www.cutepdf.com/ and www.primopdf.com and www.
Use a cousin calculator, such as this:
Connecting the family links…Connecting the family links…
Use similar printable chartsUse similar printable charts
from Ancestry Libraryfrom Ancestry Library
Who would have
would be TWO
Hesser listings –
the same time?
You will find amazing things!
Like a map of your great grandmother’s land -
One can find quite a bit of genealogy information
via Google, etc. - not as reliable as a database, but
this may give valuable hints to avoid dead ends
and/or provide more personal stories
When looking for information overseas, you can
use the Google for that country and a translater
eg. www.google.de for Germany and
Country Codes -
Additional Resources - # 1
My Question is…Ask Ancestry!
Frequently asked questions when using ALE
Additional Resources - # 2
Morgan, George C.
The Official Guide to
Provo, Utah : Ancestry
ISBN: 9781593313043 or
Available at Leavenworth
Public Library to read
in the library. Not for
Additional Resources - # 3
Ancestry Insider Blog http://ancestryinsider.blogspot.com –
unauthorized reviews of Ancestry.com and FamilySearch.org websites
Finale! Thank you for attending
2 minute YouTube Tutorial on Heritage Quest
YouTube Ancestry Library Video Tutorial:
We hope you will better understand and feel comfortable using
these free genealogy resources as you begin your family history
quest. We will be available at the Reference Desk if you have
further questions. You may also email us your questions at –
firstname.lastname@example.org OR: Sign up for a 1-on-1 Class
Access this slideshow at: http://www.slideshare.net/cindyhesser/
Presented by Cynthia Hesser, Reference Librarian
Leavenworth Public Library January 18, 2014