Unofficial Ancestry.com Workbook Contest at GeneaBloggers!
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This week we are celebrating the publication of Nancy Hendrickson’s new book, Unofficial Ancestry.com Workbook by F&W Media, publishers of Family Tree Magazine.
“Ancestry.com keeps growing, and the site has numerous ways of helping you expand your family tree. But where do you start researching, and how do you get around the huge and ever-changing site? In this workbook, an essential companion to the Unofficial Guide to Ancestry.com, you’ll learn how to use Ancestry.com and its resources to your full advantage, with helpful guides to Ancestry’s digitized records and services like AncestryDNA. Each section briefly discusses how to search Ancestry.com for a particular type of record (including census records, vital records and historical publications), then shares detailed step-by-step case studies that put those strategies into practice. Helpful screenshots illustrate how to navigate the site’s resources, guiding you from your first search for census records through deep research in the old country. And with worksheets and fillable genealogy forms in each section, you can easily plan your own Ancestry.com searches and apply what you’ve learned to your family history research.”
With expert advice, fillable worksheets and real-life search scenarios, this workbook will give you the hands-on knowledge you need to mine Ancestry.com for your family’s records.
Excerpt: Sample Tips
Here are some tips you’ll find in the Unofficial Ancestry.com Workbook:
- Identify specific record collections that you want to search. With more than a billion records organized into tens of thousands of collections, Ancestry.com can be overwhelming to navigate, and using the general search form can sometimes give you too many results to sort through. Use the Card Catalog to find specific collections that cover the appropriate time and place (as well as the kind of record you’re looking for) to give yourself the best chance of finding a specific record.
- Play with search options. Ancestry.com’s search forms and Card Catalog have a number of filters you can use to narrow down your results. Different combinations of titles, keywords, record types and date ranges will yield different results. Learn what each option does, and make careful use of them in your search.
- Prioritize close DNA matches. DNA testing is an amazing new research technique, but it can provide you with an overwhelming amount of data. When reviewing your DNA matches, begin by searching only those who are projected to be third cousins or closer, as estimates or more distant relationships tend to be less accurate (and thus studying them is probably a less efficient use of your research time).
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Enter the Unofficial Ancestry.com Workbook Contest this week and you could win a FREE copy of this amazing book. We’ll select three (3) winners and each winner can choose the paperback or e-book version.
This is a $21.99 value and you could win if you enter by 11:50 pm CST on Sunday January 22, 2017. Click here to enter!
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