Monday 30 July 2012

Ancestry Library Edition

       "In all of us there is a hunger, marrow-deep, to know our heritage - to know who we are and where we have come from. Without this enriching knowledge, there is a hollow yearning. No matter what our attainments in life, there is still a vacuum. An emptiness. And the most disquieting loneliness." Alex Haley

Have you ever thought about exploring the amazing history of you?  To help you discover your unique story the library is offering this special database to help.

For the next year as a pilot project, Ancestry Library Edition will be offered at 4 of our branches - Windsor, Wolfville, Berwick and Annapolis Royal.  This can be accessed at the branch itself or by wi-fi in the vicinity of the libraries mentioned. Remember to book your computer time if you are going to use it inside the branch.

There are millions of records from the basic Census, Vital Statistics, Court Probate documents to Passenger Lists, Passport Applications, Military Records, Photos and Maps.   Documents cover the U.S., Canada and the UK.  There is also some coverage for Germany, France, Sweden, Italy, Australia and China.  The Canadian collection alone boasts nearly 60 million records which includes the Drouin Collection ( the largest French Canadian family history resource available).

Search tip bookmarks and fact sheets will be available at the branches to help you begin your search.  Make sure to download or print the charts that are offered on the site under Charts and Forms at the top of the homepage. These will help you document the information you find and will come in handy on your next visit.  Come prepared with a little or a lot of information and let Ancestry take you on an incredible journey.

--Patricia Milner, Head of Reference

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