The library is excited to offer our patrons expanded in-library access to the resources available on FamilySearch.org – a nonprofit family history organization dedicated to connecting families across generations. Library users gain access to the over 1 billion+ records on the site, which boasts the largest collection of genealogical and historical records in the world. (Yes, that’s billion with a B!)
Users can access the database from within the library (on our public computers or via the library’s free wifi) by creating a free account. Once you’ve created your account, you can search for family records with full access to record images and documents, create your own family tree, and access other user’s family trees.
A bonus feature of Family Search is the ability to create memories on the site – adding family photos, documents, and stories to save and share. Users can keep all of their cherished memories in one place.
Another neat part of Family Search is that they use volunteers to index documents on the site. Anyone can volunteer to help index one of the over one-hundred projects currently available on FamilySearch.org. So if you have an interest and some extra time, learn more about how you can help index documents to make them available for users.
To get started, visit the library! As always, if you need any help creating an account or getting started searching, ask one of our Reference Librarians.