Re: Digest Number 141
Thanks for the comments. It is good to know that results can be thin
and hard to find, and then the description of your methods - usng both
general and specific search - is handy. I'll have to give it a try, and
probably will do as Maura does - check it once a year, as their data
bases do not seem to coincide with my familie's activities.
If I end up pleasantly surprised, with some results in hand, I will let
Mike & Bev wrote:
> From: "Mike & Bev" <sekey@...>
> I have a membership to Ancestry.com and have found very little useful info.
> However, I find the best way to get the most results is to put in the
> surname only. This way you get more hits and can then narrow it down to
> your location as the data bases are grouped by geographical location. For
> example, I am researching the name SEKEY. I type in that only and get a
> number of hits. I then go to the index for Wisconsin census data as I
> believe this is where they would be located to see if I can find the given
> names I am looking for. This name is uncommon and doesn't produce many
> results. If I look for ENGLE, I get more results than I can wade through so
> I go back and narrow it down with a given name and/or location. To me, this
> is the easiest way to view their data bases. In addition to doing my
> original search, I go to advanced search and do the same thing as this
> provides different data bases than the original search (at least from what I
> have seen). I also do the "new data bases" search as it seems they are
> seperated from the rest of the data bases. I have no idea why they make it
> seem so complicated, but that is the way it seems to me. I would think you
> could use one search engine to search and view all data bases at once. Good
> luck to everyone. I hope someone can find something worthwhile.
> > Subject: Beginners at Ancestry site free for 2 weeks!
> > Maura,
> > This is a busy holiday season, but perhaps you or some other subscribers
> > can give a few pointers on what and how to search on the Ancetry (and
> > any) web. I called it up and all I can think to do is look for familiar
> > names in the geographic area and time frame that I know they were
> > there. So far I would say Iam without luck - but I can't determine if
> > it is due to lack of my ancestors being on these data bases or me
> > searching the wrong one or searching it in the wrong way.
> > So I am searching by
> > name, variation of name
> > time
> > geographic location
> > Any other hints - other than re-read the FAQ and get some experience?
> > Merry Christmas to All, in case I don't write again before the Holiday!
> > Ron
> > PS I had no trouble accessing some selected 'free' data bases the first
> > night, and after signing on it appears to all be free...
> > Message: 17
> > Date: Tue, 21 Dec 1999 20:46:39 -0600 (CST)
> > From: sabinov@... (Maura Petzolt)
> > Subject: Re: Using Ancestry
> > Ron and all,
> > the thing you have to remember is that the databases at Ancestry are
> > rather "hit and miss" in terms of what they have, and will only be
> > useful to you if they have something in an area you are searching.