May 19, 2008

Ancestry Library Edition, Brookers Online

Ancestry Library Edition, Brookers Online

Hi All, recently I completed a training session on our subscription database, Ancestry Library Edition.

Ancestry covers topics such as:

Historical Records
Census & Voter Lists
- U.S. Federal Census
- UK Census Collection

Birth, Marriage & Death
- Social Security Death Index
- UK & Ireland Parish & Probate

Immigration & Emigration
- New York Passenger Lists

- WWI Draft Registration Cards
- Civil War Service Records

Directories & Member Lists
- New York City Directory, 1890
- Early UK and U.S. Directories

Court, Land, Wills & Financial
- Texas Land Title Abstracts
- Middlesex, MA Probate Index

Dictionaries, Encyclopedias & Reference
- Genealogical Library Master Index

Stories & Publications
Stories, Memories & Histories
- Slave Narratives

Newspapers & Periodicals
- Virginia Genealogical Society Qtrly
- Railway Gazetter Worldwide

Photos & Maps
- U.S. School Yearbooks

Maps, Atlases & Gazetteers

Trees & Community
- Ancestry World Tree
- Message Boards

The Scope of this database is truely exciting with new information added daily.

This week, in our work based training we focused on immigration and emmigration and searched for information from the passenger lists. We also looked at photo and map archives in this truely huge and growing database. Because of my recent studies on African Americans and History (when I helped leading New Zealand author, Alan Duff with some book selections and information sourcing) I was really interested to read the "Slave Narratives" listed above in the stories and Publications part. We also briefly looked at adding your family tree and the live discussion threads from geneologists from all over the globe...

Previous to this I also attended a refresher course on the database Brookers Online which provided up to date information on

NZ Law Partner Legislation and Cases
Bills, Statutes, Regulations
Caselaw: Briefcase with Viewcase links
Building Law in NZ
Local Government Law in NZ
Resource Management.

This training involves some hands on testing and answering of questions to assist to orient us around the programme. I think this may have been my fifth training session on this, as we get a refresher once a year, however they are always welcome because my use of this database in rather intermittant and needed refreshing. Also the scope of the database is consistently being upgraded and updated.

I would encourage you to try Ancestry Online at your library next time you visit. I imagine this is available in many countries. NZ readers can access Brookers Online in NZ Libraries!


Ancestry Library Edition, Brookers Online

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