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Finding your ancestors online

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Learn how to search for ancestors in free genealogy websites, and with the databases available at the Arlington Heights Memorial Library.

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Finding your ancestors online

  1. 1. Susan Mayer, Specialty Services Advisor Arlington Heights Memorial Library 4 Dec 2015 smayer@ahml.info
  2. 2.  Free Genealogy Websites  Databases at AHML  Podcasts & Blogs  Practice Searches  Answers to questions/comments
  3. 3. • Free • World wide searches available • 4+ Billion records • Access to Family History Library films that are only indexed FamilySearch
  4. 4. • Wiki created by volunteers • Search by State • Find useful research tips • Access to Special Projects U.S. GenWeb
  5. 5. • locating birth and death dates for ancestors • Finding others with same surname in the cemetery • Might have obits, photos or other biographical info FindAGrave.com
  6. 6. • US Newspaper directory, 1690 – Present • Digitized newspapers, 1836-1922 • Search by state or newspaper title • Email your results Chronicling America
  7. 7. • Search by passenger, ship, famous passengers • If your ancestor arrived between 1892-1954 • Oral histories Ellis Island
  8. 8. • Immigrants arriving 1820-1913 • Search by ship, port of departure, residence, occupation, ancestor name Castle Garden
  9. 9. • Search by category; cross- referenced index • Genealogical research portal when you aren’t sure where to look • Find genealogy forms Cyndi’sList
  10. 10.  FamilySearch.org  FindAGrave.com  U.S. GenWeb  ChroniclingAmerica.loc.gov  Ellis Island  Castle Garden  Cyndi’s List  Free websites for England, Scotland, Wales, Ireland (link to blog post)
  11. 11. • US Census records • Census map guide • Useful Tip of the Day • Books covering 28,000 family and local histories • Revolutionary War Era Pension & Bounty-land Warrant Application Files • Search Freedman's Bank records, 1865- 1874 HeritageQuest Online
  12. 12. • Records for US military conflicts • Photos from the Civil War to present • FBI records • UFO records • Orphan home records • Holocaust archives • Naturalization records Fold3
  13. 13. • Free in-library access to worldwide records • Access to Ancestry Learning Center courses • Access to books, research guides and translation help • Blank forms Ancestry Library Edition
  14. 14. • America’s Newspapers – Chicago Sun- Times, Daily Herald, Arlington Heights Post • Americas Obituaries & Death Notices • Proquest Digital – full page scans of Chicago Tribune, New York Times & Wall Street Journal, 2008 - present Newspapers
  15. 15. BLOGS  The Ancestry Insider: “… unofficial, unauthorized view of Ancestry.com and FamilySearch.org.”  Eastman’s Online Genealogy Newsletter  Geneabloggers: “The ultimate site for your genealogy blog – an online community created by Thomas MacEntee.”  The Genealogy Gems with Lisa Louise Cooke  Genealogy Gold from AncestralFindings.com  The Genealogy Guys PODCASTS
  16. 16.  Finding military ancestors on Fold3 http://blogs.ancestry.com/ancestry/2014/04/23/wha t-war-did-my-ancestor-serve-in/
  17. 17. Please fill out the evaluation by clicking the yellow star on the opening computer screen Susan Mayer, MLIS, Specialty Services Advisor Arlington Heights Memorial Library

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