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Ask Ancestry Anne: Search Tip #9: One World Tree

The OneWorldTree data collection gathers a lot of member trees together and creates an approximation of a master tree.  We do not update this anymore, so it is a static data collection, but there are some goodies in there that you may not know about.

Here is what to do.

Start on the OneWorldTree search form.  I’m going to search for one of my ancestors: Robert Howard Cash.

Which gives me a bunch of results:

I click through on a likely one, and I come to a summary for that person.  But what I’ve looking for can be found in the listing of all the probable trees containing Robert.  The link is highlighted by the red arrow.

I click through and I see the listing.  The little books, means there are sources attached.  The little papers means that there are documents attached.  This is where the treasure hunt is revealed.  You just  never know what someone has attached. 

I click through and this time I find something quite useful: Robert Howard Cash’s will which someone has taken the time to transcribe and upload.

Sometimes you come up with nothing.  Sometimes you find a lovely little treasure.  If you don’t look, you don’t know.

Next hint: Search #10:  It’s a Big Web or review Search Tip #8 : Ancestry.com wiki

Happy Searching!

Ancestry Anne