Ancestry Library Edition is a wonderful resource offered for free by the library. By offering patrons access to 7,000 databases and billions of records, it can help support research into local history and genealogy. Ancestry Library is available to patrons only at the library. That is good thing because it compels people to come to the library to see all the other wonderful things we offer.
Ancestry is easy for patrons to use. It has an intuitive search interface, detailed search indexes and helpful tools. Patrons can search through records such as:
- Birth, Marriage, Death and Military Records
- Tax, Criminal, Land and Wills
- Stories, Memories, Histories and Pictures
- City, School, and Church Directors and Histories
- Newspapers, Maps, Atlases and Gazettes
ProQuest has some YouTube training videos. They are nice and short, so you can share them with your patrons. Here is the link: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL-aFAdxOSTDcpY0OQQoffKmX2AEjpUYUP
Instead of paying for an Ancestry subscription, our library edition is a great alternative for patrons.
Lisa DeLucia, Upper St. Clair Library