Friday Fun: Ancestry.com!

Want to check up on your great-grandmother?  Do it now, during the Library’s trial access to the new Library Edition of Ancestry.com, the premier database for genealogical research.  See https://www.proquest.com/trials/trialSummary.action?view=subject&trialBean.token=IMY0B7EOSEO387BCWWZ1 for access.  The trial goes until March 9.

From the description:

“Ancestry Library Edition is a new genealogy research tool created for the library market and provides patrons instant access to a wide range of unique resources for genealogical and historical research. With more than 1.5 billion names in over 4,000 databases, Ancestry Library Edition includes records from the United States Census; military records; court, land and probate records; vital and church records; directories; passenger lists and more! These collections are continuously expanding, with new content added every business day.”

I looked first for my Swedish immigrant grandfather and found census records for 1880 and 1910, and a couple of possibilities for ships’ passenger lists. Then I looked for my great-great-greataunt “Grandma Haypenny”, noted for her political flexibility (her first husband was a Union captain and her second husband a Confederate colonel).  I found her in the 1910 census living in Idaho, with her son, and was able to trace her back to Indiana in 1860 through the 1860 census.  The database does wonders with variant spellings, common in older records, and approximate years, offering searches like “Was active in­­­ (yr.)” in locations as specific as a particular town and as general as a state.  Results are returned in html, with links to images of the original records.  Enjoy!

About Margaret Schilt

Margaret Schilt, Associate Law Librarian for User Services, has been with the D'Angelo Law Library since 2000.
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