Give yourself a gift in honor of Genealogy Day (March 12, according to daysoftheyear.com) by paying a visit to the library! In addition to the expected family history resources located on shelves, you’ll have access to Ancestry Library Edition at any of the public computers.
You might have seen ads for Ancestry.com or watched “Who Do You Think You Are” on TLC and thought about doing some research of your own. That used to mean time-consuming — often expensive — trips to courthouses, Register of Deeds offices, churches, and archives, but now much of the legwork can be accomplished virtually, with an internet connection and access to digital collections.
According to its website: “Ancestry Library Edition provides access to billions of historical documents, millions of historical photos, plus local narratives, oral histories, indexes and other resources in over 30,000 databases that span from the 1500s to the 2000s.” And it’s free to onsite library visitors! There are two dedicated Local History and Genealogy computers, but any of our public computers will provide access to the amazing and ever-expanding collection of Ancestry.com. Library visitors can explore records and research guides at www.AncestryLibrary.com.
The significant differences between a paid, individual subscription and the Library Edition have to do with personalization, so library visitors cannot upload documents or add to online family trees. However, patrons are able to search most of the databases, save/email/print information, and take advantage of forms and tips and tutorials.
Staff at the Reference Desk are happy to assist you in getting started with this resource. We also have genealogy volunteers available every Thursday to assist you with researching your family history. Call 919-545-8086 for details and to schedule an appointment.