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Mining Databases for Information

June 26, 2017 @ 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm
Eglinton St. George's United Church
35 Lytton Blvd
Toronto, ON M4R 1L2
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Mining Databases for Information @ Eglinton St. George's United Church | Toronto | Ontario | Canada

Are you really finding it all when you search?


Mining Databases for Every Nugget of Information

Speaker: Marian Press

Many family historians confine their searches of Internet search engines and online databases to the most simple of keyword searches, often using just a relatively random choice of words, thereby potentially missing nuggets of information buried deep. This presentation aims to remedy this, showing how to get the most from a database by knowing both the general principles of online searching, as well as database-specific methodologies: concepts such as Boolean operators, truncation, wild cards, synonym searching, word order and simple versus advanced search. Whether results can be exported and analyzed will also be covered.

Internet search engines will be discussed, along with major genealogy databases such as Ancestry, FindMyPast and FamilySearch. There will also be discussion of databases that are not aimed primarily at family historians, but are full of relevant information and are readily available online through public libraries, such as Historical Abstracts, America History and Life and JSTOR. But the overarching theme is that the principles outlined in the presentation will help with searching any of the many, many online databases available to genealogists.

Marian Press, MLS, MA, is a retired academic librarian in Toronto. Born in New Zealand, she has been researching her Scottish, English, Irish and Portuguese roots for over 35 years, sharing the results online and in articles in family history journals. Much of this research involves travel to the places where her ancestors lived and worked. She is a frequent speaker at genealogical workshops and conferences and a writer on family history topics. In 2011, Dundurn/OGS published her book Education and Ontario Family History: A Guide to the Resources for Genealogists and Historians, the result of her years at the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education.


Mini-presentation: Linda Reid: Triangulation – Confirming ancestors with DNA.

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