Minerva Free Library has a new resource that uses technology to make tracing family trees easier. Ancestry Library Edition, a Web-based reference tool distributed by ProQuest, will allow you to start exploring your roots by searching a surname. Anyone can come into the library to dig into Ancestry Library Edition‘s millions of records — as far back as the 1400s.
Once connected to Ancestry Library Edition, you’ll find a friendly opening screen that asks for the name of the person to be searched. Key in the name, click on “Search” and Ancestry Library Edition scans its vast selection of U.S. federal and state census data, birth, marriage, and death records, military records, Social Security death records, and immigration lists. It also includes an extensive collection of information from the U.K., including images, census records, and civil registrations. Additionally, probate records dating back to the 1500s are included from England, Scotland, Ireland and Wales. The information you find are pieces of a puzzle that you’ll assemble. These records have “clues” to the past — places where ancestors lived, names of relatives, birth or death dates, etc. — that lead to more information. Names can be added to form the “tree” or searched to find more clues.
Access Ancestry Library Edition in the library only HERE.