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The best-known name in American genealogy, Ancestry.com is many times bigger than all commercial genealogy websites combined. Incredibly, it has more than 30,000 databases with more than 11 billion records, and adds more than 2 million new records each day. A phenomenon in the truest sense of the word, Ancestry.com has made genealogy accessible to millions of online researchers, and it’s such a well-established brand that it’s the first place you turn to in any research project.
Ancestry.com offers a variety of search options, but many of them are not immediately apparent, even to a seasoned researcher. This is a problem best dealt with by an expert, and in this Genealogy at a Glance, the noted Ancestry.com authority George Morgan offers tips and insights to help you get the most out of your time online with Ancestry.com. Under his guidance you’ll learn how to search all the databases at once, search a category of collections, or search within a single database. You’ll learn first steps and next steps, how to find exact matches and how to use wildcards, how to get the most out of the massive collection of genealogical records, how to add facts and narratives to the tens of thousands of existing family trees, and how to build your own family history.
Ancestry.com uses special location searches and keyword searches, it has message boards for its millions of users, it has blogs, webinars, a learning center, guided tours, and video presentations—enough for it to qualify as an industry in its own right. It is thus an ideal subject for a Genealogy at a Glance presentation, which allows you to cover the essential elements at a glance, giving you an insight into the byways of Ancestry.com that you would struggle with on your own. Thanks to Mr. Morgan, you now have as much useful information about using Ancestry.com as you’ll probably ever need.
See also the other guides in our Genealogy at a Glance series.