Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Resource Spotlight: Ancestry, Library Edition

Available only in the library, Ancestry (Library Edition) is an invaluable resource to beginning genealogists and a starting point for more advanced genealogists. According to their website:
The Ancestry Library Edition collection has approximately 4,000 databases including key collections such as U.S. Federal Census images and indexes from 1790 to 1930; the Map Center containing more than 1,000 historical maps; American Genealogical Biographical Index (over 200 volumes); Daughters of the American Revolution Lineage (over 150 volumes); The Great Migration Begins: Immigrants to New England, 1620-1630; Social Security Death Index (updated monthly); WWI Draft Registration Cards; Federal Slave Narratives; and a strong Civil War collection. Ancestry Library Edition updates continually, with more indexes and original images added all the time.
My favorite part of Ancestry is the print outs you can get of the census records--no more flipping through microfilm for me! If you would like a "behind the scenes" pdf that they give to librarians to show us how to search check out Proquest's Product tour sheet.

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