Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Tuesday's Tip - Use Ancestry.com for FREE at Local Libraries or FamilySearch Centers

Today's Tuesday's Tip is to:  Use Ancestry Library Edition (a somewhat different version of the Ancestry historical records) at local libraries that have a subscription, or at some large LDS FamilySearch Centers.

Many local libraries subscribe to Ancestry.com's Ancestry Library Edition,. which includes almost all  worldwide historical record collections, but not the Ancestry Member Trees or the newspaper collections.  Here in the San Diego area, the San Diego Public Library branches and the San Diego County Library branches have an Ancestry Library Edition subscription,  Carlsbad Public Library branches do also, and I'm not sure about other city libraries.  I know that Chula Vista Public Library does not have it, but Bonita Library (part of the County system) does have it.  You just have to fight for computer time at these libraries.  Note that it is only on the internal library servers, not on the wireless network at the libraries.

In thirteen (I think) larger FamilySearch Centers (what used to be called Regional Family History Centers) in the USA, and at the Family History Library in Salt Lake City,  there is free access to Ancestry Family History Library Edition, which is all Ancestry.com collections except for the Family Trees.  These Centers also have free access to many other subscription sites like Footnote.com, WorldVitalRecords.com, and others.  There is no time limit on these computers unless there is someone waiting to use them, which is rarely the case.

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