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Libraries Offer Free Access to

Did you know your public library offers access to at no charge? Ancestry’s Library Edition is a budget-friendly way to access most of’s collections and databases from within your local library.

Ancestry includes census, vital, church, court, military, and immigration records along with family histories, photos, and maps from the United States, Canada, Europe, Australia, and other areas of the world. The collection contains thousands of databases, over 30,000 record collections, millions of historical photos, and over 11 billion names – all searchable with the click of a mouse. Record collections date all the way back to the 1500’s and include narratives, oral histories, indexes, and abstracts to other online and print resources. 

The U.S. collection delivers hundreds of millions of names from sources such as census, birth, death, and marriage records, plus the Social Security Death Index, U.S. border crossing, and trans-ocean ship records. The Military collection provides over 150 million records containing information often not found elsewhere, from the colonial to the modern era.  A search of the Multimedia collection produces millions of files ranging from family and gravestone photos to postcards and newsreels.

Ancestry has become a valuable resource in our public libraries for patrons just starting to research family history, or for those looking to expand existing family trees. Stop by any library in the North Country Library System to access our subscription.

The world of genealogical records library patrons can access at no charge is well worth checking out!

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