Ancestry Library Edition is a powerful tool in our libraries – it opens up a world of records to patrons doing genealogy research and gives us an opportunity to provide a valuable resource and great customer service.
Ancestry Library Edition affords access to billions of historical documents and millions of historical photos. There are local narratives, oral histories, indexes and other resources in over 30,000 databases that span from the 1500s to the 2000s to library patrons.
Patrons working on their family tree can search Census, Birth-Marriage-Death, Military Records and Immigration-Travel records. They can do basic and advanced searches, create limiters using family members or life events, exact name matching, search using keywords, gender, race, and so much more.
Although patrons must access Ancestry Library from inside the library, it is very easy for patrons to use and it’s free! It has an intuitive search interface, detailed search indexes and helpful tools.
Another great way to use Ancestry Library – you can recommend it to non-fiction book club patrons reading about historical events or people. They can use Ancestry Library to learn more about real-life characters and locations from historical and genealogical records.
For in-depth help, ProQuest offers a Libguide on using Ancestry Library Edition. It provides broad help topics such as: quick tips, content categories, search tips, sample searches, research tools and lots more. This is an extremely useful resource for both staff and patrons.
Don’t hesitate to recommend Ancestry Library Edition – it is a comprehensive genealogy resource that we offer to our patrons for free, and it is easy to use.
Lisa DeLucia, Upper St. Clair Twp. Library