NEED HELP WITH ANCESTRY SEARCHES – READ THIS!!!

If you are having trouble finding records on Ancestry.com you can go to my Genealogy page on wordpress.com and contact me for some help… Meanwhile I have written some helpful suggestions  on how to find records quickly on Ancestry.com.

BASICS OF GENEALOGY: Get ready before starting – data sheets, family tree software, pedigree sheets – all online

BEFORE STARTING ANYTHING – GET A GOOD MAGNIFYING GLASS !!!!!!!!!!!!!

START WITH ONE SURNAME AND COMPLETE IT BEFORE YOU START ANOTHER.  This will help  you understand how the records fall together.  Once you become a “PRO” at it , then you can spread out and work on as many SURNAMES as you like…..

Gather all the family information you can from living relatives.

Don’t spend a lot of time when you hit a roadblock.

Don’t assume that the information you have found is correct. A lot of information that is online is from family members who have loaded it without any documents or backup to prove that it actually goes with the name it is under.   The original census records way back when were taken by hand so many things were recorded improperly such as spelling of names, dates of birth, place of birth, etc.   You will come across many of these errors as you search  for your family lines.

Don’t give up

RESOURCES:

Online access to hundreds if not thousands of sites, message boards, forums, us and foreign records, etc.

Family Members- especially the older ones.

Trips to local libraries, local, state, and national historical libraries and associations, this includes cemeteries, town halls, churches, etc.

US census, Canadian Census, Ancestry Library, Family Search, Cyndi’s List for Genealogy, Ellis Island Records, Passenger Lists, Military Records, Church Records, Foreign archives, US National Archives, and the list goes on forever. Just remember to be specific for your particular search and be as specific as possible when you set up your search criteria.

USING THE ASTERICK (*) AND QUESTION MARK (?) WHEN SEARCHING ON ANCESTRY

I have been using this search method for many years and it has helped me  in finding many records that I did not think existed. Also it narrows down the number of search records that you have to look at, which is a big help. Don’t get frustrated with it, it takes a while to get it right…..

First thing to do: If your search screen has “Show more options” on it, click on that to list more options on the screen. Now there is a line next to it that says “Match all terms exactly” with a small box on the left side of it. Click the box and a checkmark should appear. Now go back to the selections boxes for name(s), DOB, etc.

 

The * can be used with both first and last names. You must use at least 3 letters before or after the *. I am listing examples below:

Using the * at the front end:

Example – *ser  – This will bring up any name that ends in ‘ser’ Balser, Bolser, Paser, etc.

Using the * at the back end:

Example – Bal* –  This will bring up any name that starts with ‘Bal’ Balser, Balsor, Baltzer, Ballentine, etc.

Example – Using the * in the middle:

Example – Hen*son –  This will bring up any name starting with Hen and ending with son

Henderson, Henryson, Hendonson, Henason, etc.

Example – He*n –  This would bring up any names starting with He and ending with n. It would probably be a pretty big list.

Using the ? is fairly simple.  A single character is represented by question mark “?” (e.g., “Sm?th” equals both “Smith” and Smyth” in your search).

I would recommend using a year of birth with any search  (if you know it or approximate) with a + or – 2 year window. This will help narrow any search and bring down the amount of records that you have to look at. Like I said earlier, don’t get frustrated. Play with it until you are comfortable with the searches. Try it out on one person using several different searches and see what you get. It will help you understand how the search works. Then you can include more search info to cut down the number of records even more.

Good luck and happy searching. Let me know if any of this search method helps you out…

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HELP WITH ANCESTRY.COM SEARCHES

If you are having trouble finding records on Ancestry.com you can go to my Genealogy page on wordpress.com and contact me for some help… Meanwhile I have written some helpful suggestions  on how to find records quickly on Ancestry.com.

BASICS OF GENEALOGY: Get ready before starting – data sheets, family tree software, pedigree sheets – all online

BEFORE STARTING ANYTHING – GET A GOOD MAGNIFYING GLASS !!!!!!!!!!!!!

START WITH ONE SURNAME AND COMPLETE IT BEFORE YOU START ANOTHER.  This will help  you understand how the records fall together.  Once you become a “PRO” at it , then you can spread out and work on as many SURNAMES as you like…..

Gather all the family information you can from living relatives.

Don’t spend a lot of time when you hit a roadblock

Don’t assume that the information you have found is correct. A lot of information that is online is from family members who have loaded it without any documents or backup to prove that it actually goes with the name it is under.   The original census records way back when were taken by hand so many things were recorded improperly such as spelling of names, dates of birth, place of birth,etc.   You will come across many of these errors as you search  for your family lines.

Don’t give up

RESOURCES:

Online access to hundreds if not thousands of sites, message boards, forums, us and foreign records, etc.

Family Members- especially the older ones.

Trips to local libraries, local, state, and national historical libraries and associations, this includes cemetaries, town halls, churches, etc.

US census, Canadian Census, Ancestry Library, Family Search, Cyndi’s List for Genealogy, Ellis Island Records, Passenger Lists, Military Records, Church Records, Foreign archives, US National Archives, and the list goes on forever. Just remember to be specific for your particular search and be as specific as possible when you set up your search criteria.

USING THE ASTERICK (*) AND QUESTION MARK (?) WHEN SEARCHING ON ANCESTRY

I have been using this search method for many years and it has helped me trememdously in finding many records that I did not think existed. Also it narrows down the number of search records that you have to look at, which is a big help. Don’t get frustrated with it, it takes a while to get it right…..

First thing to do: If your search screen has “Show more options” on it, click on that to list more options on the screen. Now there is a line next to it that says “Match all terms exactly” with a small box on the left side of it. Click the box and a checkmark should appear. Now go back to the selections boxes for name(s), DOB, etc.

 

The * can be used with both first and last names. You must use at least 3 letters before or after the *. I am listing examples below:

Using the * at the front end:

Example – *ser  – This will bring up any name that ends in ‘ser’ Balser, Bolser, Paser, etc

Using the * at the back end:

Example – Bal* –  This will bring up any name that starts with ‘Bal’ Balser, Balsor, Baltzer, Ballentine, etc

Example – Using the * in the middle:

Example – Hen*son –  This will bring up any name starting with Hen and ending with son

Henderson, Henryson, Hendonson, Henason, etc.

Example – He*n –  This would bring up any names starting with He and ending with n. It would probably be a pretty big list.

Using the ? is fairly simple.  A single character is represented by question mark “?” (e.g., “Sm?th” equals both “Smith” and Smyth” in your search).

I would recommend using a year of birth with any search  (if you know it or approximate) with a + or – 2 year window. This will help narrow any searchs and bring down the amount of records that you have to look at. Like I said earlier, don’t get frustrated. Play with it until you are comfortable with the searches. Try it out on one person using several different searches and see what you get. It will help you understand how the search works. Then you can include more search info to cut down the number of records even more.

Good luck and happy searching. Let me know if any of this search method helps you out…

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EVERYTHING IS “FREE” TOMORROW!!!!!!

Don’t miss out!      Make sure you’re the first one in line to get whatever you want, FREE tomorrow……   You can always stay up until Midnight …..    What an exciting thought this is!!!!!   UNFORTUNATELY IT IS ONLY AND APRIL FOOLS WISH!!!   TOMORROW NEVER COMES!!!!   IT IS ALWAYS “TODAY” NO MATTER WHAT TIME IT IS.      SO GOOD LUCK GETTING WHATEVER YOU WANT FOR “FREE” TOMORROW!!!!!

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HELP WITH ANCESTRY.COM SEARCHES

If you are having trouble finding records on Ancestry.com you can go to my Genealogy page on wordpress.com and contact me for some help… Meanwhile I have written some helpful suggestions  on how to find records quickly on Ancestry.com.

BASICS OF GENEALOGY: Get ready before starting – data sheets, family tree software, pedigree sheets – all online

BEFORE STARTING ANYTHING – GET A GOOD MAGNIFYING GLASS !!!!!!!!!!!!!

START WITH ONE SURNAME AND COMPLETE IT BEFORE YOU START ANOTHER.  This will help  you understand how the records fall together.  Once you become a “PRO” at it , then you can spread out and work on as many SURNAMES as you like…..

Gather all the family information you can from living relatives.

Don’t spend a lot of time when you hit a roadblock

Don’t assume that the information you have found is correct. A lot of information that is online is from family members who have loaded it without any documents or backup to prove that it actually goes with the name it is under.   The original census records way back when were taken by hand so many things were recorded improperly such as spelling of names, dates of birth, place of birth,etc.   You will come across many of these errors as you search  for your family lines.

Don’t give up

RESOURCES:

Online access to hundreds if not thousands of sites, message boards, forums, us and foreign records, etc.

Family Members- especially the older ones.

Trips to local libraries, local, state, and national historical libraries and associations, this includes cemetaries, town halls, churches, etc.

US census, Canadian Census, Ancestry Library, Family Search, Cyndi’s List for Genealogy, Ellis Island Records, Passenger Lists, Military Records, Church Records, Foreign archives, US National Archives, and the list goes on forever. Just remember to be specific for your particular search and be as specific as possible when you set up your search criteria.

USING THE ASTERICK (*) AND QUESTION MARK (?) WHEN SEARCHING ON ANCESTRY

I have been using this search method for many years and it has helped me trememdously in finding many records that I did not think existed. Also it narrows down the number of search records that you have to look at, which is a big help. Don’t get frustrated with it, it takes a while to get it right…..

First thing to do: If your search screen has “Show more options” on it, click on that to list more options on the screen. Now there is a line next to it that says “Match all terms exactly” with a small box on the left side of it. Click the box and a checkmark should appear. Now go back to the selections boxes for name(s), DOB, etc.

 

The * can be used with both first and last names. You must use at least 3 letters before or after the *. I am listing examples below:

Using the * at the front end:

Example – *ser  – This will bring up any name that ends in ‘ser’ Balser, Bolser, Paser, etc

Using the * at the back end:

Example – Bal* –  This will bring up any name that starts with ‘Bal’ Balser, Balsor, Baltzer, Ballentine, etc

Example – Using the * in the middle:

Example – Hen*son –  This will bring up any name starting with Hen and ending with son

Henderson, Henryson, Hendonson, Henason, etc.

Example – He*n –  This would bring up any names starting with He and ending with n. It would probably be a pretty big list.

Using the ? is fairly simple.  A single character is represented by question mark “?” (e.g., “Sm?th” equals both “Smith” and Smyth” in your search).

I would recommend using a year of birth with any search  (if you know it or approximate) with a + or – 2 year window. This will help narrow any searchs and bring down the amount of records that you have to look at. Like I said earlier, don’t get frustrated. Play with it until you are comfortable with the searches. Try it out on one person using several different searches and see what you get. It will help you understand how the search works. Than you can include more search info to cut down the number of records even more.

Good luck and happy searching. Let me know if any of this search method helps you out…

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ANCESTRY SEARCH HELP FOR BEGINNERS

BASICS OF GENEALOGY: Get ready before starting – data sheets, family tree software, pedigree sheets – all online

BEFORE STARTING ANYTHING – GET A GOOD MAGNIFYING GLASS !!!!!!!!!!!!!

START WITH ONE SURNAME AND COMPLETE IT BEFORE YOU START ANOTHER.  This will help  you understand how the records fall together.  Once you become a “PRO” at it , then you can spread out and work on as many SURNAMES as you like…..

Gather all the family information you can from living relatives.

Don’t spend a lot of time when you hit a roadblock

Don’t assume that the information you have found is correct. A lot of information that is online is from family members who have loaded it without any documents or backup to prove that it actually goes with the name it is under.   The original census records way back when were taken by hand so many things were recorded improperly such as spelling of names, dates of birth, place of birth,etc.   You will come across many of these errors as you search  for your family lines.

Don’t give up

RESOURCES:

Online access to hundreds if not thousands of sites, message boards, forums, us and foreign records, etc.

Family Members- especially the older ones.

Trips to local libraries, local, state, and national historical libraries and associations, this includes cemetaries, town halls, churches, etc.

US census, Canadian Census, Ancestry Library, Family Search, Cyndi’s List for Genealogy, Ellis Island Records, Passenger Lists, Military Records, Church Records, Foreign archives, US National Archives, and the list goes on forever. Just remember to be specific for your particular search and be as specific as possible when you set up your search criteria.

USING THE ASTERICK (*) AND QUESTION MARK (?) WHEN SEARCHING ON ANCESTRY

I have been using this search method for many years and it has helped me trememdously in finding many records that I did not think existed. Also it narrows down the number of search records that you have to look at, which is a big help. Don’t get frustrated with it, it takes a while to get it right…..

First thing to do: If your search screen has “Show more options” on it, click on that to list more options on the screen. Now there is a line next to it that says “Match all terms exactly” with a small box on the left side of it. Click the box and a checkmark should appear. Now go back to the selections boxes for name(s), DOB, etc.

 

The * can be used with both first and last names. You must use at least 3 letters before or after the *. I am listing examples below:

Using the * at the front end:

Example – *ser  – This will bring up any name that ends in ‘ser’ Balser, Bolser, Paser, etc

Using the * at the back end:

Example – Bal* –  This will bring up any name that starts with ‘Bal’ Balser, Balsor, Baltzer, Ballentine, etc

Example – Using the * in the middle:

Example – Hen*son –  This will bring up any name starting with Hen and ending with son

Henderson, Henryson, Hendonson, Henason, etc.

Example – He*n –  This would bring up any names starting with He and ending with n. It would probably be a pretty big list.

Using the ? is fairly simple.  A single character is represented by question mark “?” (e.g., “Sm?th” equals both “Smith” and Smyth” in your search).

I would recommend using a year of birth with any search  (if you know it or approximate) with a + or – 2 year window. This will help narrow any searchs and bring down the amount of records that you have to look at. Like I said earlier, don’t get frustrated. Play with it until you are comfortable with the searches. Try it out on one person using several different searches and see what you get. It will help you understand how the search works. Than you can include more search info to cut down the number of records even more.

Good luck and happy searching. Let me know if any of this search method helps you out…

 

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THE SUN IS SETTING ON THIS DEAL!!! MYSTERY ON MACOMBER HILL – FREE!!!

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WHEN THE CLOCK STRIKES MIDNIGHT,  THE FREE DOWNLOAD WILL END!!!    THIS WILL BE MY LAST BLOG POST FOR THIS EVENT (YEAAAAAAA)… THANKS TO EVERYONE WHO HAS PARTICIPATED …  STILL PLENTY OF TIME!!!  Tell all your friends and neighbors!!   WHY WAIT!!!   GET YOURS BEFORE THEY ARE ALL GONE…….  LETS SET A RECORD FOR FREE DOWNLOADS!   Send it out on Facebook, Twitter, re-blog, etc.   Come on, you can do it!!!!!

My  current book:  Mystery on Macomber Hill (Set in Maine)  is available for a Free Download  until  midnight on March 28th.  I classify my book as a Young Adult Mystery but this book was written to be enjoyed by PRE-TEEN THRU ADULT.  It is rated PG and is a clean and wholesome mystery to be enjoyed by all ages.   Just click the link below and you can download the book for FREE.

After you read the book, PLEASE go back to the Amazon link and write a review of the book (good or bad).  These reviews help the author (me) understand what is liked or disliked about the book and helps me with the way I  write.

http://www.amazon.com/Mystery-Macomber-Hill-John-Balser-ebook/dp/B00V6KLHTG

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FINAL DAY HAS ARRIVED – DOWNLOAD NOW – MYSTERY ON MACOMBER HILL

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THE DAY HAS FINALLY COME.   AT MIDNIGHT TONIGHT IT IS OVER!!!   HOW TIME FLYS WHEN YOU’RE HAVING FUN!!!  YOU GUYS HAVE BEEN GREAT …  STILL PLENTY OF TIME!!!  Tell all your friends and neighbors!!   WHY WAIT!!!   GET YOURS BEFORE THEY ARE ALL GONE…….  LETS SET A RECORD FOR FREE DOWNLOADS!   Send it out on Facebook, Twitter, re-blog, etc.   Come on, you can do it!!!!!

My  current book:  Mystery on Macomber Hill (Set in Maine)  is available for a Free Download  until  midnight on March 28th.  I classify my book as a Young Adult Mystery but this book was written to be enjoyed by PRE-TEEN THRU ADULT.  It is rated PG and is a clean and wholesome mystery to be enjoyed by all ages.   Just click the link below and you can download the book for FREE.

After you read the book, PLEASE go back to the Amazon link and write a review of the book (good or bad).  These reviews help the author (me) understand what is liked or disliked about the book and helps me with the way I  write.

http://www.amazon.com/Mystery-Macomber-Hill-John-Balser-ebook/dp/B00V6KLHTG

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