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  • Another significant difference between Ancestry Library and is that with the home subscription to 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
    - 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 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'll have to subscribe to view, print and save most of the actual document images.
  • 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 "in progress,” it is recommended that you use the "Browse by Title" 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. 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
    Scope of the Collection
    Digital Sanborn Maps was created from ProQuest Information and Learning's microfilm collection of 660,000 Sanborn Maps, which were filmed from the Library of Congress' collection. The Library'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.
  • Genealogy Ancestry Library Fold3 Databases

    1. 1. 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
    2. 2. 2 Presentation by Cynthia Hesser Leavenworth Public Library Many PPTslides thanks to: May P. Chan Prairie History Room Regina Public Library © 2008 Getting Started with…
    3. 3. Outline 3  Introductions  Ancestry Library Edition  FOLD3  Heritage Quest  Genealogy Connect  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  Practice Sessions
    4. 4. What paper trails do people leave behind?? 4
    5. 5. What is Ancestry Library? 5 Ancestry Library Edition is an enhanced library database version of, 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 Library Edition is almost but not EXACTLY the same as! 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.
    6. 6. What can be accessed by each? 6  Access to with features such as: Collaboration, Learning Center, Shopping, OneWorldTree and other Family Trees ( ) is only available from home by personal ( ) subscription.  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 newsreels.
    7. 7. Main Resources found in Ancestry Library Edition - US 7 United States  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
    8. 8. Main Resources – US 8 United States…  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 volumes)  American Genealogical Biographical Index (over 200 volumes)
    9. 9. Main Resources – UK 9 United Kingdom  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- 1983, 1984-2005  Pallot’s Baptism and Marriage Indexes for England, 1780-1837
    10. 10. Main Resources – UK & IR 10 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
    11. 11. Main Resources Canada 11 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
    12. 12. Main Resources - EU 12 Europe  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 German)  Denmark Births, Christenings & Marriages, 1631-190ss (in Danish)  Norway Births, Christenings & Marriages, 1600s-1800s (in Norwegian)
    13. 13. Resources Not Carried in Ancestry Library Edition 13 (Note: most of these resources are available through HeritageQuest Online database)  Biography & Genealogy Master Index  Family & Local Histories collection (primarily U.S.) (*HeritageQuest Online)  Freedman’s Bank Records (*HeritageQuest Online)  Historical Newspaper Collection  Passenger & Immigration List Index  PERiodical Source Index (*HeritageQuest Online)
    14. 14. How do I login to a databases? 14 1. In the Internet address bar, type: 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. 14
    15. 15. Home Page of Ancestry Library Edition 16
    16. 16. Other Features 17
    17. 17. Practice Search 18 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.
    18. 18. Basic Search 19
    19. 19. ‘Buffalo Bill’ – 1860 Census 20
    20. 20. Wm Cody 1860 Census details 21
    21. 21. Cody – Original Document 22
    22. 22. Cody - Original Record 23
    23. 23. Census Headings 1790 24  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.  Slaves.  
    24. 24. Census Headings 1800 25
    25. 25. Census Headings 1810 26
    26. 26. Census Headings 1820 27
    27. 27. Census Headings 1920 28
    28. 28. Refining Search Options 29 1. Click on the radio button to enable “exact match” search 2. Select either “exact” or “soundex” from drop down menu
    29. 29. Exact vs. Soundex 30 Exact = searches for the term EXACTLY the way you spell it e.g. MacLeod but NOT McLeod Soundex = searches for all of the various spelling of the ancestor’s surname. e.g. Smith, Smythe, Smithe, etc.
    30. 30. Zoom, Print, Save or Email Drag Options 31
    31. 31. Print, Save or Email… 32  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 instructions accordingly.  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 share)
    32. 32. Print or Save Screen 33
    33. 33. Email Screen 34  Option to email the digital file to your account  If you don’t receive the email, remember to check your spam box!
    34. 34. Other Search Options 35
    35. 35. Advanced Search 36
    36. 36. Browse By Location (scroll down on the Search page) 37
    37. 37. Practice Search 38 Now lets look for Aggie Macleod’s birth certificate from Ontario. Her father’s name was George. I think she was born around 1903-1905 in Thunder Bay, Ontario.
    38. 38. 1st Attempt 39
    39. 39. No Matches 40
    40. 40. 2nd Attempt 41
    41. 41. False Result 42
    42. 42. 3rd Attempt 43
    43. 43. Results of Search 44
    44. 44. Search Tips: 45  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.
    45. 45. FOLD3 (Formerly Footnote) 46
    46. 46. Fold3 Highlights 47  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.
    47. 47. Fold3 Pros & Cons 48
    48. 48. Fold3 Login 49
    49. 49. Fold3 Home 50
    50. 50. Fold3 Search Example 51
    51. 51. FOLD3 View of Result 52
    52. 52. Sanborn Maps 53
    53. 53. To access Sanborn Maps: 54
    54. 54. 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. 55
    55. 55. Select state, city, and date… 56
    56. 56. Leavenworth Map Sep 1883 57
    57. 57. Additional Resources –Additional Resources –  HeritageQuest Training materials by ProQuest  HeritageQuest HELP!!  online classes! 58
    58. 58. Save as PDF 59  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…
    59. 59. 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 60
    60. 60. On some computers you can accomplish it with ‘Save As’ … 61
    61. 61. If ‘Save As’ pdf isn’t an option.. 62  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: and and www.
    62. 62. My Family Tree PDF created with Family Tree Maker software 63 Riley
    63. 63.  Use a cousin calculator, such as this: 64 Connecting the family links…Connecting the family links…
    64. 64. 65 Use similar printable chartsUse similar printable charts from Ancestry Libraryfrom Ancestry Library
    65. 65. Be Careful! 66  Who would have thought there would be TWO Norman Neal Hesser listings – both born approximately the same time?
    66. 66. You will find amazing things! 67  Like a map of your great grandmother’s land - Asherville, Kansas
    67. 67. Googling…Googling…  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. for Germany and  Country Codes -  Progenealogists -
    68. 68. Additional Resources - # 1 My Question is…Ask Ancestry!  Frequently asked questions when using ALE database 69
    69. 69. Additional Resources - # 2 70 Morgan, George C. The Official Guide to Provo, Utah : Ancestry Pub., c2007. ISBN: 9781593313043 or 1593313047 Available at Leavenworth Public Library to read in the library. Not for checkout.
    70. 70. Additional Resources - # 3  Ancestry Insider Blog – unauthorized reviews of and websites 71
    71. 71. 72 Additional Resources # 4
    72. 72. Other useful free websites 73
    73. 73. Finale! Thank you for attending  74 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 –   OR: Sign up for a 1-on-1 Class  Access this slideshow at: Presented by Cynthia Hesser, Reference Librarian Leavenworth Public Library January 18, 2014