Database Spotlight

Ancestry

Ancestry Library Edition (in library use only)

This is part of a series, highlighting databases available through the Jefferson-Madison Regional Library website.

The library subscribes to the databases and the public can use their library card to access the information 24/7 -- that means even when the library is closed! However there are a few databases that can only be accessed in the library.

So when you think of the Jefferson-Madison Regional Library, think bigger than "books and information" -- think electronic resources and use your library card to access all of this information 24/7. If you need help using the databases, please contact the Reference Desk at the Central Library (979-7151 ext 4) or Ask a JMRL Librarian.

Ancestry Library Edition

Explore centuries of resources. Thousands of searchable collections of records from around the world. The world's largest online family history resource including historical records, photos, stories, family trees and a collaborative community of millions.

The census collections and some voter lists cover these countries: Australia, Canada, Germany, U.K. and U.S. You can search by census lists; birth, marriage and death records; military records and more. Immigration & Travel records document the journey of your immigrant ancestor and their steps towards becoming a citizen of their new country. They include passenger arrival records, naturalization records, border crossings, emigration records, passports, and convict transportation records. The collection includes immigration records from the U.S. and several other countries from around the world.

Discover more of what your ancestor's life was like in historic newspapers from big cities to small towns. Obituaries are updated daily. Historical newspapers that are in the collection give the remarkable ability to see history through eyewitness accounts. They are the day-to-day diaries of community events and include stories of the famous and ordinary people. Newspapers tell us about births, marriages, engagements, school, sports and organizational events, accounts of accidents, and what was going on in the local courts and more. In addition, millions of pages of information about our ancestors have been published in a wide variety of periodicals.

Included is the U.S. Obituary Collection, which is a compilation of obituaries published in U.S. newspapers. Obituaries can vary in the amount of information they contain, but many of them are genealogical goldmines, including information such as names, dates, places of birth and death, marriage information, and family relationships.

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