Unofficial Guide to, Second Edition

Dive into! This updated and expanded guide will show you how to use, including AncestryDNA. Full of tips and strategies, this complete guidebook to will help you find your ancestors’ records and build out your family tree on the no. 1 genealogy website.

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Discover the secrets to success! This book, newly revised and expanded, will help you get the most out of your subscription. Inside, you’ll discover how to take advantage of what the world’s biggest genealogy website has to offer—and how to find answers to your genealogy questions within its billions of records and millions of AncestryDNA profiles. Each chapter includes step-by-step examples with illustrations to show you exactly how to apply search techniques to your genealogy. A new section on AncestryDNA will also help you understand and analyze your DNA test results.

Whether you’ve just begun dabbling in family history or you’re a longtime subscriber, this book will turn you into an power user.

What’s Inside

The Unofficial Guide to, second edition features:

  • Timesaving tips for uncovering specific records, time periods and topics using’s search forms and Card Catalog
  • Details on’s historical record collections, including what you can expect to find in them
  • Step-by-step guides for creating and managing your family tree on, plus how to connect with other users and utilize the site’s powerful Hint system
  • Plain-language strategies for using your AncestryDNA results, including guides to your ethnicity report and DNA matches

Who Should Get This Book

You’ll love the Unofficial Guide to, second edition if…

  • You’re an subscriber who wants to get the most bang for your buck
  • You want to know how can help you before buying a subscription
  • You need help improving your search results
  • You’ve just received your AncestryDNA results and want to know what’s next

Excerpt: Sample Tips

Here are some tips you’ll find in the Unofficial Guide to, second edition:

  1. Add dates to your search. Even if it’s just an educated guess, a date in your search will return people who have the same name, but lived across centuries.’s search function is built to look not only for the exact parameters you’ve indicated, but also results that are similar.
  2. Don’t specify “exact” in your census searches. Even if you know the exact name, place, and more, resist the urge to check the Exact box. Errors might have been made by enumerators, transcriptionists and ancestors, so the information recorded in the census may not exactly match what you know about your ancestor.
  3. Be wary of ethnicity estimates. The promise of learning what “percent” of a nationality you are has drawn many people to test with AncestryDNA, but these ethnicity estimates aren’t as reliable as you might believe. Take these estimates with a grain of salt, and spend more time analyzing the list of DNA matches that AncestryDNA provides.

About The Author: Nancy Hendrickson

Nancy Hendrickson is a genealogy author, blogger, and instructor at Family Tree University. A contributing editor at Family Tree Magazine, Nancy writes almost exclusively about Internet genealogy, research, and American history. She’s a member of Western Writers of America and a long-time photography buff. Nancy is active on Facebook (www​, Twitter (@genealogyteach) and Pinterest ( You can find her at her website ( or contact her via e-mail:

Contents of the Unofficial Guide to, second edition:


Part 1: Getting Started with

Chapter 1: Learning the Basics

Chapter 2: Using Family Trees

Chapter 3: Mastering Search and the Card Catalog

Part 2: Digging into Records on

Chapter 4: Making the Most of Census Records and Voter Lists

Chapter 5: Delving into Birth, Marriage, and Death Records

Chapter 6: Working with Military Records

Chapter 7: Using Immigration and Travel Records

Chapter 8: Digging into Newspapers, Publications, and Maps

Chapter 9: Searching Stories, Memories, Histories, and Pictures

Chapter 10: Making the Most of Schools, Directories, and Church Histories

Chapter 11: Using the Wills, Probates, Land, Tax & Criminal Category

Part 3: Uncovering Ancestors with AncestryDNA

Chapter 12: Interpreting Your DNA Results

Chapter 13: Connecting with Others

Chapter 14: Applying DNA to Your Research

Part 4: Diving Deeper into

Chapter 15: Collaborating with Other Users

Chapter 16: Branching Out with and Fold3

Appendix: Quick Links and Shortcut Keys

Additional Info
Additional Info
SKU R7082
Author/Speaker/Editor Nancy Hendrickson
Product Type Book
Binding Paperback
Number Of Pages 272
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