Have you ever wondered about your family’s ancestral roots? What were their countries or regions of origin? What undiscovered branches of your family tree are waiting to be uncovered? Your local library can help you find the answers to these questions and more with free genealogical research tools, the newest of which is the in-library version of Ancestry.com, Ancestry Library Edition!
Ancestry Library Edition contains billions of records, including birth, marriage, immigration, military, and death records; generations of census data; photos, maps, and much more, with new content added regularly. As a Library District customer, you can access Ancestry Library Edition from inside any of our 25 libraries on a Library District computer, or from your own device when connected to library WiFi. And if billions of records sound overwhelming, don’t worry! We’re here to help you in your search.
To find Ancestry Library Edition from our homepage, hover over the eResources tab on the blue navigation menu. Under “By Subject,” click “More,” then select Genealogy from the blue menu on the left-hand side. On this page, you will also find links to several other genealogical resources available to you with your library card, accessible from anywhere on our website LVCCLD.org, including an archive of Las Vegas Review-Journal issues 1929-1996; America’s Obituaries & Death Notices, which includes roughly 90% of obituaries published in the U.S.; and MyHeritage Library Edition, which contains billions of documents and millions of photos, including more than 100 million actual gravestones. All of these resources work in tandem to help you follow the clues, wherever they lead.
On the homepage of Ancestry Library Edition, you can dive right into your search, or just get your feet wet by clicking “Learning Center” on the black navigation menu. On this page, you will find articles to guide you through the process, with tips and tricks to help you find success as you explore our databases.
While Ancestry Library Edition can only be used inside of our libraries, that doesn’t mean you can’t access your research elsewhere. The “Send Document” feature makes it possible for you to email your finds and view them from home. Ancestry Library Edition also includes access to hundreds of thousands of message boards, family trees shared publicly by other Ancestry members, and downloadable resources such as ancestral charts, research calendars, and source summaries to organize your work.
Start your ancestry exploration the next time you visit one of our libraries, and watch your family story unfold. With these tools and the help of our staff, you are sure to uncover something fascinating!