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  • Originally known as New England Ancestors they are have been expanding the areas represented.
  • American Ancestors Database

    1. 1. American Ancestors Presented by Reference Librarian, Cindy Grove January, 15 2014
    2. 2. Logging In • The library has a subscription that can be accessed within the library asking the Reference Librarian for access. • Anyone can great a guest account for limited access.
    3. 3. What does American Ancestors have? • 500+ online databases • 3,000+ volumes of records • 125 million+ records (more are added weekly) Records Include • Vital records • Journals • Court, Land & Probate records • Census, Tax, & Voter lists • Military records • Societies & Organizations • Town Records • Genealogies, Biographies, & Local Histories • Study projects • Atlases, Maps, & Reference
    4. 4. Viewing the databases • There are two ways to view the databases. • One way is to click “All Databases” on the main page. • The other is to click on the leafy branch. Then click on it again.
    5. 5. Browsing the catalog
    6. 6. Viewing database information • When you select a database you can gain more information about the database and any searching restrictions or broadening tips that are important.
    7. 7. Searching • The easiest way to get started is by doing a basic search from the home screen. Searching here or on the Advanced Search page will not include external databases. All searches ignore punctuation.
    8. 8. Advanced searching – first row • Start your search off wide and then get narrower. Unlike other databases American Ancestors does not add any irrelevant results.
    9. 9. Advanced searching – second row • If you have a guest account click the “Free Only” to restrict result to what you have access to. • When you select a database under the advanced search box you will get the search tips we saw previously. This is VERY important because it could give false negatives.
    10. 10. Advanced searching – third row
    11. 11. Advanced searching – bottom row & icons • The keyword search can be anything. • You can use wild cards in the keyword field.
    12. 12. Wild cards & Operators
    13. 13. Soundex • Soundex is a phonetic operator that search for a name based on the way it sounds. • American Ancestors only has this option for the last name.
    14. 14. Database results • Use side filters to narrow results. • SSDI are Social Security Death Index results • Other Results include blogs and more articles.
    15. 15. Viewing the record
    16. 16. Image viewer • On the bottom left you can choose between three different viewers. You may need to download the first from Microsoft. • On the bottom right you can save, print, rotate, zoom, expand to full screen and return to the default view. To save an image I recommend going to print, then choosing PDF. This way you can save the image in PDF format instead of as an image.
    17. 17. Image translation • Below the image you can see some information from the document typed out. This is the information that is searchable in the advanced search fields, not everything that is in the document.
    18. 18. Citations • At the very bottom of the screen there is citation information. Write this information on the back of the printed document.
    19. 19. External databases These are not available to guest accounts.
    20. 20. th 19 Century U.S. Newspapers
    21. 21. Early American Newspapers, Series 1 16901876
    22. 22. Marquis Biographies Online
    23. 23. American Jewish Historical Society, New England Archives Digital Archive
    24. 24. Questions? • Please feel free to contact me with any questions or feedback. Cindy Grove Reference Librarian Tewksbury Public Library 978-640-4490 ext.207