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1 Providing Genealogy Research on a Limited Budget By Jama Watts Reference & Genealogy Librarian Marion County Public Library

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3 a record or account of the ancestry and descent of a person, family, group, etc. the study of family ancestries and histories. descent from an original form or progenitor; lineage; ancestry. Biology. a group of individuals or species having a common ancestry: i.e. The various species of Darwin's finches form a closely knit genealogy.

4 The fastest growing hobby in the United States 1. 1 Foley-Mendelssohn, D. (2010, March 1). Why are Americans mad about genealogy? The New Yorker.

5 Jama’s definition: Dealing with a lot of dead people that don’t want to be found on behalf of the REALLY IMPATIENT living.

6 Utilize online resources kdl.kyvl.org - Kentuckiana Digital Library kdla.ky.gov – KDLA (of course!) – National Archives – Family Search – Find a Grave – US Genealogy Web – KY Genealogy Web – Filson Club – Cyndi’s List

7 Offers over 70 historic Kentucky newspapers, fully searchable text. Shows full scans of newspaper pages with results highlighted. ALSO has Sanborn maps, books, images and more.

8 Links for professional researchers, available microfilm for purchase, county formation chart, courthouse disasters AND electronic records archives, including Confederate Pension records and Governor’s Office website archives.

9 Offers OPA, the Online Public Access resource - the online public portal to the Archives’ records and information about the records. Currently provides access to nearly one million electronic records currently in the Electronic Records Archives (ERA), which are not available elsewhere online. More electronic records from ERA will be included in OPA in the future.

10 Run by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. Fantastic resource for free records. Includes much of the information found in their Salt Lake City library.

11 With content submitted by other researchers, the website contains transcriptions of headstones from cemeteries around the world. Some entries also contain photographs of headstones.

12 Group of volunteers providing genealogy information for free. Contains links to each state’s GenWeb project. Also links to Special Projects, including a Tombstone Transcription Project, Church Records Project, Lineage Project, Kidz Project and African American Griots Project.

13 The local version of the US GenWeb project, divided by county. There are orphan counties, though - Bell, Boyle, Magoffin, Martin, McLean and Owsley Counties are available for adoption.

14 Full text articles from the Filson Club Quarterly available for printing. Also includes the Filson Blog, updated weekly with snippets from the collection.

15 A fantastic resource for other genealogy sites. Categories are cross-referenced and alphabetized (Cyndi likens it to a card catalog for the internet’s genealogy websites!). Cyndi also maintains a blog and mailing list.

16 What popular website have I left off the list?

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18 Next Question: How many of your libraries have an Ancestry.com account?

19 Next Question: How many of your libraries have an Ancestry.com account? NOT the Library Edition, JUST Ancestry.com

20 Next Question: How many of your libraries have an Ancestry.com account? NOT the Library Edition, JUST Ancestry.com Did you know that you’re not supposed to do that?

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22 Fork over the money for the Ancestry Library Edition. It’s not cheap, but the search is still similar to the personal version, with an additional 3,000+ databases to search. AND: You can search using the default settings shows, or use: Restrict to exact matches and: Soundex matches Phonetic matches Names with similar meanings or spellings

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24 Depending on Soundex.

25 Spelling variants.

26 Depending on Soundex. Spelling variants. Original spelling.

27 Depending on Soundex. Spelling variants. Original spelling. Not knowing alternate surnames.

28 Depending on Soundex. Spelling variants. Original spelling. Not knowing alternate surnames. Nicknames and middle names.

29 Depending on Soundex. Spelling variants. Original spelling. Not knowing alternate surnames. Nicknames and middle names. Not narrowing the search enough.

30 Depending on Soundex. Spelling variants. Original spelling. Not knowing alternate surnames. Nicknames and middle names. Not narrowing the search enough. Narrowing the search too much.

31 Depending on Soundex. Spelling variants. Original spelling. Not knowing alternate surnames. Nicknames and middle names. Not narrowing the search enough. Narrowing the search too much. Focusing on one relative for too long.

32 Depending on Soundex. Spelling variants. Original spelling. Not knowing alternate surnames. Nicknames and middle names. Not narrowing the search enough. Narrowing the search too much. Focusing on one relative for too long. Relying on your relatives’ stories.

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35 Have folks donate family trees.

36 Have folks donate manuscripts.

37 Have folks donate family trees. Have folks donate manuscripts. Acquire information on local history.

38 Have folks donate family trees. Have folks donate manuscripts. Acquire information on local history. Obtain yearbooks.

39 Have folks donate family trees. Have folks donate manuscripts. Acquire information on local history. Obtain yearbooks. Search online for (cheap) books!

40 Have folks donate family trees. Have folks donate manuscripts. Acquire information on local history. Obtain yearbooks. Search online for (cheap) books! Beg your way into the budget.

41 Have folks donate family trees. Have folks donate manuscripts. Acquire information on local history. Obtain yearbooks. Search online for (cheap) books! Beg your way into the budget. Partner with your local historical society.

42 Have folks donate family trees. Have folks donate manuscripts. Acquire information on local history. Obtain yearbooks. Search online for (cheap) books! Beg your way into the budget. Partner with your local historical society. Find the people who know.

43 Have folks donate family trees. Have folks donate manuscripts. Acquire information on local history. Obtain yearbooks. Search online for (cheap) books! Beg your way into the budget. Partner with your local historical society. Find the people who know. Consider microfilm.

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45 ASK QUESTIONS

46 Don’t be afraid to say no

47 ASK QUESTIONS Don’t be afraid to say no Keep it simple (stupid)

48 ASK QUESTIONS Don’t be afraid to say no Keep it simple (stupid) Document EVERYTHING

49 ASK QUESTIONS Don’t be afraid to say no Keep it simple (stupid) Document EVERYTHING Kentucky had MANY courthouse disasters

50 ASK QUESTIONS Don’t be afraid to say no Keep it simple (stupid) Document EVERYTHING Kentucky had MANY courthouse disasters There’s a reason they have professionals for this

51 ASK QUESTIONS Don’t be afraid to say no Keep it simple (stupid) Document EVERYTHING Kentucky had MANY courthouse disasters There’s a reason they have professionals for this There are moments that make it worth it

52 ASK QUESTIONS Don’t be afraid to say no Keep it simple (stupid) Document EVERYTHING Kentucky had MANY courthouse disasters There’s a reason they have professionals for this There are moments that make it worth it They’re dead – they’ll be there tomorrow.

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