Highlighted Service: Ancestry
April’s Highlight: Ancestry For Libraries
We’ll use this space every month to highlight a different service or offering.
April’s Highlight is Ancestry for Libraries.
Ancestry is one of the most popular genealogy tools around. Effective and easy to use, it delivers billions of records in census data, vital records, directories, photos and more than 7,000 available databases.
How do I get started?
Visit the “Research and Classes” section of our website and click on databases, then click on Ancestry – or just follow this link. You can only use this resource inside the library.
Then you type an ancestor’s name and the place of any major event in his or her lifetime. You follow the trail from there.
We offer periodic classes in how to research your family tree using our online resources. Our next class is April 25 at 6 p.m., at the main library in Abingdon. You’ll need to register for this free class.
Ancestry’s new and popular collections include:
U.S. collections deliver hundreds of millions of names from sources such as censuses; birth, death and marriage records including the Social Security Death Index; and U.S. border crossing and trans-ocean ship records.
Canadian collections provide nearly 60 million records from the Census of Canada, and key vital records including nearly 30 million baptism, marriage and burial records from Quebec.
U.K. collections offer censuses for England, Wales, Isle of Man, Channel Islands and Scotland, with nearly 200 million records: Births and Baptisms (1834-1906), Marriage Licenses (1521-1869), Deaths and Burials (1834-1934) and Poor Law Records (1840-1938) in London, and more.
Other international collections continue to grow with more than 46 million records from German censuses, vital records, emigration indexes, ship lists, phone directories, and more; Chinese surnames in the large and growing Jiapu Collection of Chinese lineage books; Jewish family history records from Eastern Europe and Russia, and more.
Military collections deliver over 150 million records containing information often not found elsewhere and includes records from the colonial to the Vietnam era.
Multimedia collections deliver millions of files ranging from family and gravestone photos to postcards and newsreels.