I mentioned last week that Ancestry Library Edition may be available to use inside the building at your local public library for free. Not all libraries have the funding available for Ancestry, but yours might. The next time you’re at your local library stop in and inquire at the reference desk for more information.
Find out now! Start at your local library’s website. Look for “Ancestry” or a logo for it. You might be lucky & find it on the home page. If not, check out tabs or links for key words like: Research, Resources, References, Databases, Genealogy, Local History, etc. Still no reference to Ancestry? Try doing an internet search for “Your Library’s name genealogy”. Look through links that might be applicable. It’s great if your library offers Ancestry Library Edition, but remember it will only be available at your local library. Lastly and unfortunately, your library may not offer Ancestry to its patrons.
Update: Libraries vary in how they allow access to their databases. Check with your local library about their procedures. Lester Public Library, Two Rivers, WI offers access to Ancestry Library Edition, but patrons must use library computers. At Manitowoc Public Library a patron can use the in house computers, or their own laptop, tablet, etc., but must be connected the MPL Wi-Fi & then connect through the Manitowoc Public Library website as explained in an earlier post. It is wonderful that some libraries offer this database to the public.
I did of bit of searching and as of today & if their websites have been updated recently these libraries have Ancestry Library Edition listed as being available to their patrons (in building only): Appleton, Beaver Dam, Brillion, Brown County Central-Green Bay, Chilton, Door County-Sturgeon Bay, Fond du Lac, Kaukauna, Kiel, Manitowoc, Elisha D. Smith-Menasha, New Holstein, Neenah, Carter-Omro, Oshkosh, Mead-Sheboygan, and Lester-Two Rivers. (Branch libraries not included in search.) Each library has its own rules for use & access to this database so you will need to check with the specific library for its policies. This is for “In Building Use” of the database. (Disclaimer: The list above took me quite a while to do, & is only a survey of some of the libraries in the area. Please verify information provided above before planning a visit to a select library. Changes can occur.)