If you’re wondering about your roots, but don’t know how to start, drop by the library and ask for a quick tutorial on the library’s genealogy tools. Free access to the same resources the pros use will have you learning about your heritage in no time. The Library subscribes to Ancestry Library Edition. Simple to use, Ancestry Library Edition is stocked with billions of records, like census data, city directories, cemeteries, wills and probates, and immigration information.

What should you bring to the library besides your curiosity? Make a list of relatives with details you know about them – birth and death dates, places where they lived, companies they worked for, military service, etc. That information will give you starting points for your research and you’ll add more details as your research progresses. Bring a flash drive or set up an gmail account so you can save the documents you find. 

“Genealogy is growing in popularity for a reason,” said Roanna Hooton, Adult Service Coordinator. “It’s fun, fascinating and you can get started right here in the Library.”