Climb your family tree: Chesterfield County Public Library adds Ancestry.com

Library users in Chesterfield County now have access to advanced features of ancestry.com, the world’s largest online family history resource.

The library edition of the popular genealogy hub enables family history buffs to explore more than 12 billion historical records, including census documents, family histories and more. Ancestry.com users have created more than 50 million family trees, and the website is the largest online community devoted to genealogy.

To use the new service, history-seekers must access the site from one of Chesterfield County Public Library’s nine branch locations, using one of the library’s computers or from a personal laptop or other device using Wi-Fi within the library. Then visit library.chesterfield.gov, go to the “Resources” button and click “View all Databases.” Need some pointers? Links to Ancestry.com instructional videos and other tutorials are available at proquest.com.

Among the rich resources offered by Ancestry.com are:

  • Over 7,000 databases of genealogical material.
  • Millions of census records from the U.S., Canada and Europe.
  • Birth, death and marriage records.
  • More than 150 million military records from the Colonial period through Vietnam.
  • Millions of photos, newsreels and other media files.
  • Chinese surname records and Jewish family records from Europe.

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