Wondering what to do while practicing social distancing? Why not research your family tree with Ancestry Library Edition!
Genealogists everywhere are hunkering down and diving into their family history research while stuck at home during the coronavirus scare. But now there is even more to keep researchers busy with 24-7 at home access to Ancestry Library Edition!
Richland Library has long provided access to Ancestry Library Edition as part of our suite of genealogy and local history research tools. However, users usually must be inside the library in order to access Ancestry for free. Ancestry is extending this access to allow Richland Library card holders access to the database from home until April 30.
Ancestry Library Edition is one of the largest and most comprehensive databases of historical records that genealogists and other historical researchers have at their disposal. Census records, death notices, military records, immigration records, you name it, Ancestry’s got it. They also have helpful hints to link records from one data set to another, giving genealogists a wealth of information to use for creating family trees.
And speaking of trees, user-created family trees are another part of the database that Ancestry compiles and makes available to researchers. So, as you dig through the past, your own research finds can eventually become part of the database too. It just grows and grows.
To create and manage a tree, Ancestry offers private user accounts (for a fee). These trees are the result of many hours, maybe even years of research and add value to the database. But beware false trees! Verify all 'leaves' with records from the database if possible.
So, for the next few weeks dive in to find your ancestors in historic records and on user-created family trees while in your robe and slippers and with your just your Richland Library card number at hand. And while you are at it, check out our other genealogy and local history research tools too. Finally, there are some great at-home family history activities presented by FamilySearch.org, a free genealogy website offered by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints.
Do you want to add some extra branches to your family tree? If so get digging!