Getting Started with Ancestry Library Edition


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Ancestry Library Edition database (similar to offers the world's largest online collection of genealogical records, especially for Canada, the United Kingdom and the United States. The presentation features how one use learn how to use this incredible research tool.

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  • 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
  • Charts and forms Stories and Publications Photos and Maps
  • 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 left 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
  • Getting Started with Ancestry Library Edition

    1. 1. May P. Chan Prairie History Room Regina Public Library © 2008 Getting Started with…
    2. 2. Outline <ul><li>Introductions </li></ul><ul><li>Ancestry Library Edition </li></ul><ul><ul><li>What is it? </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>How does it differ from or </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>What resources are available in the database? </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>How do I log in? </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Search Tips </li></ul><ul><li>Additional Resources </li></ul><ul><li>Practice Session </li></ul>
    3. 3. What is it? <ul><li>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 U.S., U.K and Canadian census returns, vital statistics, military records, ships’ passenger lists, directories, parish records, family trees, maps and forms. </li></ul>
    4. 4. How does it differ? <ul><li>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. </li></ul>
    5. 5. Accessibility <ul><li>Access to or is only available from home by personal subscription. </li></ul><ul><li>Ancestry Library Edition, however, is only available to an institution. It is only accessible in-house at the Central Library on any of the public internet terminals in the Prairie History Room, main computers area, or when the computer lab (upper level) is open to the public. </li></ul>
    6. 6. Main Resources found in Ancestry Library Edition <ul><li>Canada </li></ul><ul><ul><li>1851-1911 federal Census returns </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>1906 and 1916 Prairie Census returns </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Canada Parliamentary Marriage and Divorces, 1867-1919 </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Ontario Birth, Marriage and Death records, 1857-1934 </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Ontario – Marriage Registers by Clergy, 1896-1948 </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Quebec Vital & Church Records (Drouin Collection), 1621-1967 </li></ul></ul>
    7. 7. Main Resources – continued… <ul><li>Canada… </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Canada Obituary Collection </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Canadian Passenger Lists, 1865-1935 </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Border Crossings: From US to Canada, 1908-1935 </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Canadian Soldiers of World War I, 1914-1918 </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Canadian Civil Servants List, 1872-1900 </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Canadian Genealogy Index, 1600s-1900s </li></ul></ul>
    8. 8. Main Resources – continued… <ul><li>United Kingdom </li></ul><ul><ul><li>English & Welsh census records, 1841-1901 </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Scottish census records, 1841-1871, 1891 </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Free BMD indexes, 1837-1915 </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Indexes to English & Welsh civil registration records, 1837-1983, 1984-2005 </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Pallot’s Baptism and Marriage Indexes for England, 1780-1837 </li></ul></ul>
    9. 9. Main Resources – continued… <ul><li>United Kingdom & Ireland… </li></ul><ul><ul><li>UK Incoming Passenger Lists, 1878-1960 </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>British Army WWI Service Records, 1914-1920 </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>British Commonwealth War Graves Registers, 1914-1918 </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>British Phone Books, 1880-1981 </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>England & Wales, Criminal Registers, 1791-1892 </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Irish Records Index, 1500-1920 </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Irish Marriages, 1771-1812 </li></ul></ul>
    10. 10. Main Resources - continued… <ul><li>United States </li></ul><ul><ul><li>American Census records, 1790-1930 </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>New York City Births, Marriages and Deaths, 1600s-1902 </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>United States Obituary Collection </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Social Security Death Index </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Border Crossings: From Canada to US, 1895-1956 </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>New York Passenger Lists, 1820-1957 </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>U.S. Passport Applications, 1820-1925 </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>U.S. Naturalization Records, 1795-1972 </li></ul></ul>
    11. 11. Main Resources - continued… <ul><li>United States… </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Civil War Service Records </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>World War I Draft Registration Cards, 1917-1918 </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>World War II Army Enlistment Records, 1938-1946 </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>U.S. General Land Office Records, 1796-1907 </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Daughters of the American Revolution Lineage (over 150 volumes) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>American Genealogical Biographical Index (over 200 volumes) </li></ul></ul>
    12. 12. Main Resources - continued… <ul><li>Europe </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Hamburg Passenger Lists, 1850-1934 </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Baden, Germany Emigration Index, 1866-1911 </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>German Phone Directories, 1915-1981 </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Mecklenburg-Schwerin Census, 1819, 1867, 1890 and 1900 (in German) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Denmark Births, Christenings & Marriages, 1631-190ss (in Danish) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Norway Births, Christenings & Marriages, 1600s-1800s (in Norwegian) </li></ul></ul>
    13. 13. Resources Not Carried in Ancestry Library Edition <ul><li>(Note: most of these resources are available through HeritageQuest Online database) </li></ul><ul><li>Biography & Genealogy Master Index </li></ul><ul><li>Family & Local Histories collection (primarily U.S.) (*HeritageQuest Online) </li></ul><ul><li>Freedman’s Bank Records (*HeritageQuest Online) </li></ul><ul><li>Historical Newspaper Collection </li></ul><ul><li>Passenger & Immigration List Index </li></ul><ul><li>PER iodical S ource I ndex (*HeritageQuest Online) </li></ul>
    14. 14. How Do I Log In to the Database? <ul><li>Log in to any public internet terminal at Central Library with your Regina Public Library card and PIN number (4 digits). </li></ul><ul><li>Click on the Internet Explorer icon. </li></ul><ul><li>Scroll down the “Databases by Subject” page ( ) and click on the Genealogy category. </li></ul>
    15. 16. Home Page of Ancestry Library Edition
    16. 17. Other Features
    17. 18. Practice Search <ul><li>My relative, Henry Pittman, settled in Saskatchewan around 1904 and died sometime in the 1940s. I am trying to track down where he lived and to find out more about him. I know he was born in England in 1857. </li></ul>
    18. 19. Possible Resources in Ancestry Library Edition <ul><li>1906 Prairie Census </li></ul><ul><li>1911 Canadian Census </li></ul><ul><li>1916 Prairie Census </li></ul><ul><li>Also… </li></ul><ul><ul><li>English Census records (1850s to 1900s) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Canadian Passenger Lists, 1865-1935 </li></ul></ul>
    19. 20. Basic Search
    20. 21. Basic Search…Ranked Results
    21. 22. Fine-tuning Ranked Results
    22. 23. Same Search But… <ul><li>Click on the radio button to enable “exact match” search </li></ul><ul><li>Select either “exact” or “soundex” from drop down menu </li></ul>
    23. 24. Exact vs. Soundex <ul><li>Exact = searches for the term EXACTLY the way you spell it </li></ul><ul><li>e.g. MacLeod but NOT McLeod </li></ul><ul><li>Soundex = searches for all of the various spelling of the ancestor’s surname. </li></ul><ul><li>e.g. Smith, Smythe, Smithe, etc. </li></ul>
    24. 25. Exact Results <ul><li>1. </li></ul><ul><li>2. </li></ul>
    25. 26. Record Preview
    26. 27. View Record
    27. 28. Zoom, Print, Save or Email Options
    28. 29. 1911 Canadian Census – Library & Archives Canada
    29. 30. Print, Save or Email… <ul><li>Caution: Do not use the commands under the File tab at this point!!! </li></ul><ul><li>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. </li></ul><ul><li>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) </li></ul>
    30. 31. Print or Save Screen
    31. 32. Email Screen <ul><li>Option to email the digital file to your account </li></ul><ul><li>If you don’t receive the email, remember to check your spam box! </li></ul>
    32. 33. Other Search Options
    33. 34. Advanced Search
    34. 35. Browse By Location (scroll down on the Search page)
    35. 36. Available Resources for Ontario
    36. 37. Practice Search <ul><li>I am looking 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. </li></ul>
    37. 38. 1 st Attempt
    38. 39. No Matches
    39. 40. 2 nd Attempt
    40. 41. False Result
    41. 42. 3 rd Attempt
    42. 43. Results of Search
    43. 44. Search Tips: <ul><li>Less is more!!! If you don’t succeed with your current search terms, remove some of them & try again! </li></ul><ul><li>Use the “Soundex” feature to search for various spelling variations of surnames! </li></ul><ul><li>Leave the “first name” field blank because a first name can be a nickname or short for a longer name </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>E.g. Robert = Bob, Robbie, Robin, Rob, etc. </li></ul></ul></ul>
    44. 45. Additional Resources - # 1 <ul><li>My Question is…( ) </li></ul><ul><li>Frequently asked questions when using ALE database </li></ul>
    45. 46. Additional Resources - # 2 <ul><ul><li>Morgan, George C. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>The Official Guide to </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li> . </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Provo, Utah : Ancestry </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Pub., c2007. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>ISBN: 9781593313043 or </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>1593313047 </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>025.069291 MORGA </li></ul></ul>
    46. 47. Additional Resources - # 3 <ul><li>Ancestry Magazine </li></ul><ul><li>(located beside the </li></ul><ul><li>PHR Reference </li></ul><ul><li>Desk) </li></ul><ul><li>- Back issues available for 3 week loan period with no renewals </li></ul>
    47. 48. Additional Resources - # 4 <ul><li>Ancestry Insider Blog ( ) – unauthorized reviews of and websites </li></ul>
    48. 49. Additional Resources - # 5 <ul><ul><li>Ancestry Library Tutorial by Burlington Public Library ( </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Ancestry Library Edition Tutorial by Timberland Regional Library ( </li></ul></ul>
    49. 50. <ul><li>Practice Session </li></ul><ul><li>Email: [email_address] </li></ul>