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Free Resources on Ancestry.com, Fold3, Newspapers.com and Archives.com

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Presentation given at the American Library Association genealogy preconference, June 2014.

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Free Resources on Ancestry.com, Fold3, Newspapers.com and Archives.com

  1. 1. DNA Getting More Than You Pay For: Free Access to Genealogical Resources Panel for Genealogy Pre-Conference, American Library Assn. Conference, 27 June 2014
  2. 2. What is Free on Ancestry? Kim S. Harrison Senior Account Executive, Ancestry Library Team
  3. 3. Ancestry.com – what content is free? • Ancestry.com has over 12 billion records in over 31,000 titles available today – URL to the list of Free Collections go to http://www.ancestry.com/freerecords • Find A Grave remains free and has over 116 million memorials and 75 million photos – http://www.findagrave.com • Card Catalog or Collection Title list is free – http://search.ancestry.com/search/CardCatalog.aspx
  4. 4. Discovery Page – Send Images Home for the Library 4 No personal membership is required.
  5. 5. Simple steps 5
  6. 6. At-home access to original images 6 Your Family Discovery Page will host up to 300 images. There is no longer the 14 day timeout.
  7. 7. Ancestry – Network with Family • Build your own tree (not available in libraries and institutions) – http://trees.ancestry.com 7
  8. 8. Ancestry - Community • RootsWeb – Largest grassroots genealogy community that maintains family trees, mailing lists, databases, message boards and web pages all created by the public – http://rootsweb.ancestry.com/ • World Archives Projects – Ancestry’s community of indexers – http://community.ancestry.com/awap • Ancestry Message Boards – http://boards.ancestry.com 8
  9. 9. Ancestry – Tips and Education about Genealogy • Ancestry Family History Wiki – http://www.ancestry.com/wiki/ – The Source: A Guidebook to American Genealogy – Ancestry’s Red Book: American State, County & Town Source • Great Resource to follow what Ancestry is doing – Ancestry Blogs – http://blogs.ancestry.com/ancestry/ • Five Minute Findson YouTube – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Jz3PFkEtgQQ 9
  10. 10. Ancestry’s Learning Center • Learning Center – http://www.ancestry.com/cs/HelpAndAdviceUS • Free Research Guides (PDF) – 21 Guides from search or methodology tips to using a particular record group (Census Tips, Timelines, Military Records, African American Research, etc.) – State Research Guides are being added to the Learning Center at the rate of one a week • Charts and Forms – http://www.ancestry.com/download/charts 10
  11. 11. Ancestry’s Classroom Learning Grant • http://www.ancestry.com/cs/us/institution#k-12 – The grant permits teachers and students in the K12 setting enjoy access to Ancestry Institution (think Ancestry Library Edition with the same limitation of no remote or tree building) for no charge for three months – Ancestry commissioned a K12 teacher to author 19 lesson plans supporting the State Standards in using primary documents in the classroom – Grant applications and the Lesson Plans – write to ancestrylibraryteam@ancestry.com 11
  12. 12. Ancestry • Recap of what the Ancestry Library Team does for Ancestry.com – Go to http://www.ancestry.com/cs/us/institution#overview – You can see a sampling of special projects and grants – It also provides a quick link to ProQuest for their training materials • Contact is Kim S. Harrison (801-705-7892) or the team email ancestrylibraryteam@ancestry.com 12
  13. 13. Free Things From Fold3, Newspapers, Archives and Social Media Amy Johnson Crow Community Manager
  14. 14. Fold3 – What content is free? • Numerous free collections – URL for the catalog http://www.fold3.com/browse.php – Look for “Free” after the title
  15. 15. Fold3 – What content is free? • War of 1812 Pension Files – In cooperation with the Federation of Genealogical Societies – http://go.fold3.com/1812pensions/ – Digitized images with metadata
  16. 16. Fold3 – Honor Wall • Revolutionary War to Iraq/Afghanistan – Info from databases & users; photos, docs, biographical info – http://www.fold3.com/wall/
  17. 17. Newspapers.com • Can search and browse • With a free guest account: – See full search results – Use all the search filters – Save searches – Make comments on clippings
  18. 18. Archives.com • 1940 Census (index and images) – http://www.archives.com/1940-census • American Family Through Time (demographics & census questions, 1790-2010) – http://www.archives.com/genealogy/1940-census-facts.html • Patriots of Color database – African-Americans in the Revolutionary War – Project by Dr. Henry Louis Gates, Jr. – http://www.archives.com/patriots
  19. 19. Social Media • Blogs – Great source of updates and education – http://blogs.ancestry.com/ancestry/ – http://blog.fold3.com/ – http://blog.newspapers.com/ – http://www.archives.com/blog/
  20. 20. Social Media 20 • Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/Ancestry.com – https://www.facebook.com/foldthree – https://www.facebook.com/newspaperscom – https://www.facebook.com/Archives.com • Twitter – @ancestry – @archivescom – @fold3 – @_newspapers
  21. 21. Social Media 21 • YouTube – http://www.youtube.com/user/AncestryCom – http://www.youtube.com/user/Fold3Team – http://www.youtube.com/user/Newspapersvideo

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