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Find Your History

Posted January 21, 2015 in Community Featured, Boone

Happy New Year from all of us at the Ericson Public Library! If you are looking for a way to avoid the cold, you are always welcome at the library! Surf the web, browse the shelves, enjoy a cup of coffee, or, of course, sit and enjoy a book.

We are proud to announce the newest service offered at the library. Patrons can now access Library Edition at the library! The site can only be reached from inside the library and using library computers. Any computer or laptop at the library can be used.

Ancestry provides access to millions of documents to help you build your family tree. The collections available include census records from the U.S., the U.K., Australia, and Germany; birth, marriage and death records, U.S. military records, and U.S. and Canadian passenger lists just to name a few! The records are fully searchable and often include an image of the original document. The documents also have a computer text version since individual handwriting used to fill out the documents is sometimes difficult to read. Ancestry also has several photograph collections to help make history come alive.

Ancestry provides a collection of family stories, memories and histories. These are previously published documents that can provide depth and interest to your family history. While your family member may not be mentioned specifically, you can still learn what their contemporaries were thinking, feeling, and experiencing first-hand.

In addition to the collections available on Ancestry; the site also offers tools and documents to help everyone from the novice to the expert genealogist. There are a variety of blank records that can be printed and filled out including an ancestral chart (tree), a research calendar, a family group sheet, and a correspondence record. Click on the “Learning Center” tab for tons of instructional material. The topics covered include how to use Ancestry, but also how to perform general genealogical research. Brand new to Ancestry, there is a research guide specifically about Iowa. This guide will help you in your search on Ancestry and across the state.

The library is hosting workshops monthly to help patrons learn how to use Ancestry Library Edition. Each workshop will be held twice in the same evening to try to accommodate different schedules. Pam Schwartz, executive director of the Boone County Historical Society, will lead the sessions. We encourage everyone to attend, regardless of past experience with history or genealogy. Please contact the library for further scheduling information.

Stop into the library to “discover the history of you!” As always, feel free to ask staff if you have any questions about using it. We are here to help you!

Ericson Public Library
702 Greene St.
(515) 432-3727
Mon. – Tue.: 9 a.m. – 8 p.m.
Wed. – Fri.: 9 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Saturday: 9 a.m. – 3 p.m.

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