Excerpts from this Unofficial Guide are included in the free ebook.
You’ll discover “tricks, hints and hacks to unlock new family tree discoveries” at Ancestry. The free ebook also contains helpful exclusive excerpts from the Unofficial Guide to Ancestry.com, by Nancy Hendrickson, seen at right.
Ancestry.com likely holds answers to at least some of your family tree questions. The key to finding those answers is learning how to sift through the massive amount of ancestor data on the subscription genealogy website. Do you want to use your paid Ancestry.com subscription more effectively? Make the most of a free trial subscription? Eke out whatever information you can for free, the pointers in this free e-book 48 Ancestry Search Tips will help you.
Ancestry Search Tips for Card Catalog
Learn how to search Ancestry’s Card Catalog. Searches of Ancestry’s entire set of resources often yields disappointing results. Learn how to craft effective searches using the Card Catalog feature.
Sassy Jane Search Tips
My own tip for the Card Catalog is to use the keyword field for your searches, rather than the title field, for better results.
Nancy E. Loe, MA, MLS, is a genealogy researcher and educator. After a long career in libraries and archives, Nancy now writes and lectures on her specializations: organizing research and U.S. and European records. She appears frequently at regional, national, and international genealogy conferences. She recently completed two Salt Lake Institute of Genealogy classes on Nordic research and reading German handwriting and Fraktur.