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October 25, 2010

Database of the Month - Ancestry Library Edition

Everyone in the throws of a genealogy project is familiar with Ancestry.com, which is available for a subscription price to individuals.  Did you know there is also a Library Edition of Ancestry.com that is accessible for free(!) here at the Franklin Library?  Because the database does not allow for home access, you must visit the library to do your searching.  Here are some highlights of what is available inside Ancestry Library Edition:

ANCESTRY LIBRARY EDITION provides unprecedented access to family history via documents that record the lineage of individuals from North America, the U.K., Europe, Australia, and more. MAJOR CONTENT COLLECTIONS INCLUDE: U.S. collections contain hundreds of millions of records, including every-name indexed U.S. Federal Census records (1790-1930); U.S. Immigration collections, including ship lists (1820-
1960), Mexican and Canadian border crossings (1890s to 1950s), and U.S. Passport Applications (1795-1925); and vital records including the widely consulted Social Security Death Index.

Canadian collections provide nearly 60 million records, including new 1851, 1901, 1906, and 1911 Census of Canada; and vital records, such as the Drouin Collection (1621-1967), the largest and most valuable French-Canadian family history resource available.

United Kingdom collections including U.K. Census records for England, Wales, Isle of Man, Channel Islands, and Scotland—1841 to 1901, with nearly 200 million records; and parish vital records for England and Wales starting in the 1500s.

German collections including more than 8 million records from census, vital records,
emigration indexes, ship lists; and phone directories (1915-1981) with millions of
names for five of Germany's major cities.

Jewish collections developed in partnership with Jewish Gen include more than 30 individual collections covering North America, Europe, the Holocaust, and more.

Military collections deliver over 150 million records containing information often not found elsewhere; includes records from colonial to the Vietnam era.

Other worldwide collections include expanded coverage in Germany, France, Sweden, Italy, Australia, and China.

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