Unofficial Guide to How to Find Your Family History on the No. 1 Genealogy Website

Unofficial Guide to How to Find Your Family History on the No. 1 Genealogy Website

by Nancy Hendrickson


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Master the world's #1 genealogy website and discover the secrets to success! This book, updated in 2016 to include the most recent changes to the site, will help you get the most out of your subscription by showing you how to take advantage of all the world's biggest genealogy website has to offer--and how to find answers to your family tree questions within its 14 billion records, 60 million family tree and 32,000 databases.

What you'll learn:
  • Step-by-step strategies for structuring your searches to find what you're looking for faster
  • How to drill down to specific records, time periods and topics using the card catalog
  • Details on each of's historical record collections, including what you can expect to find in them--and when you need to look elsewhere
  • Tips for creating and managing your family tree on, as well as connecting your tree to others on the site
  • Timesaving tricks to maximize your Hints (the "shaky leaf"), Tree Sync with Family Tree Maker, and the mobile app

Each chapter includes step-by-step examples with illustrations to show you exactly how to apply the techniques to your genealogy.

Whether you've just begun dabbling in family history or you're a longtime subscriber, this book will turn you into an power user!

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781440336188
Publisher: F+W Media
Publication date: 11/18/2014
Pages: 256
Sales rank: 411,959
Product dimensions: 7.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.80(d)

About the Author

Nancy Hendrickson is an Internet genealogy expert who has been interviewed on the subject in national publications including the New York Times, Kiplinger's, and Better Homes and Gardens. She has written several best-selling ebooks in the genealogy category of the Kindle store on, including 101 of the Best Free Websites for Climbing Your Family Tree.

Table of Contents

Introduction 7

Chapter 1 Getting Started With Ancestry.Com 8

Chapter 2 Using Ancestry.Com Family Trees 23

Chapter 3 Mastering Ancestry.Com Search 40

Chapter 4 Using the Ancestry.Com Card Catalog 60

Chapter 5 Making the Most of Census Records and Voter Lists 76

Chapter 6 Delving into Birth, Marriage, and Death Records 91

Chapter 7 Working With Military Records 103

Chapter 8 Using the Immigration and Travel Collection 121

Chapter 9 Digging into Newspapers, Publications, and Maps 135

Chapter 10 Searching Stories, Memories, and Histories 149

Chapter 11 Exploring Historical Pictures 162

Chapter 12 Making the Most of Schools, Directories, and Church Histories 178

Chapter 13 Using the Tax, Criminal, Land, and Wills Collection 194

Chapter 14 Exploring Genetic Genealogy with Ancestrydna 210

Chapter 15 Maximizing Collaboration Opportunities 218

Appendix A Quick Links and Shortcut Keys 232

Appendix B The Corporate Family 238

Appendix C Ancestry Library Edition 238

Appendix D Records Checklists and Research Forms 240

Index 249

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