I posted a series of Search Tips specific to Ancestry.com and thought that they might be worth rehashing here. Here are my top 20 search tips:
- Shaky Leaves — Ancestry.com will do searches for you
- Place Pages — 30,000+ data collections organized by country, state and county. Great way to find data collections you may never have seen
- Card Catalog — How to find where your ancestors may be hiding in 30,000+ data collections
- Finding Local Histories — Local histories give you context and hide many hidden gems
- Finding Surname Histories — You never know who may have documented part of your family tree
- City Directories — New technology have made these goldmines easier to search
- Ancestry.com Wiki — Red Book and The Source for free
- Message Boards — See what other people are looking for and ask a question yourself
- One World Tree — There are hidden treasures in here; find out how to uncover them
- It’s a Big Web Out There — Suggestions to Ancestry.com members on where else they might look
- Name Filters — How to narrow down your searches and get known name variations
- Location Filters — My favorite filter; adjacent counties rock!
- Wildcards — Tried and trued, but it still works
- Limit Your Scope — Start with a small search and then expand out
- Category Searches — Search one record type at a time
- Use Facets — Don’t ignore the left side of your search results page
- Search From Your Trees — User your online tree to populate your searches
- Read the Search Form — Effectively searching a data collection requires you to understand what is in there and what is indexed
- First or Last Name Searches — If you can’t find out who you are looking for, try one of these techniques
- Look for Family Members — If your direct ancestor is hiding, look for his or her family
You forgot http://www.findagrave.com. It has become a popular (and FREE) means of posting ancestoral data, as well as an accurate location of their final resting place.
Very true. I know it’s one of my go to research sites.
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