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Residents Can Now Use Ancestry.com For Free Through Library

Jul 13, 2015 08:26AM ● Published by Robert Hayes

Genealogists rejoice! Ancestry Library Edition, from Ancestory.com, is now available to Tewksbury Public Library cardholders.

This new database includes a treasure-trove of centuries of data from the United States, including census records; birth, marriage and death records; immigration records; military records; family and local history records; and court land and probate records.

Ancestry Library Edition also features extensive international data from Canada, the United Kingdom, Australia, France, Germany, and other European countries.

Beginners can use tools and resources in the database’s “Learning Center” to begin their family trees; connect with other researchers; discover hard-to-find historical documents; and get answers to tough research questions.

More advanced users can share their expertise with others by contributing content to the Ancestry.com Family HistoryWiki, while accessing helpful tools, including message boards.

This database can only be accessed in the library. Remote access is restricted.

“We are thrilled to add Ancestry.com to our collection of genealogical resources,” says Reference Librarian Corinn Flaherty. “The library already subscribes to American Ancestors; America’s Obituaries & Death Notices; and Heritage Quest Online.  And we have a growing collection of print resources in our Local History Room.”

The Tewksbury Genealogy Support Group, run by Library Assistant Ashley Adams, provides another opportunity for local genealogy enthusiasts to receive assistance with their research.  This informal, drop-in group meets every third Wednesday of the month, at 2pm, in the library’s second-floor Trustees Room.  

The Tewksbury Historical Society offers “Office Hours” on the second and fourth Tuesday afternoon of the month, 1pm-5pm, in the library’s Local History Room.  The group is a valuable resource to those researching family members who once lived in town.

The library also provides users access to past issues of the Tewksbury Advocate/Advertiser (1957 to present) and the Tewksbury Town Crier (2003-present) via microfilm, in addition to online access to past issues of the Lowell Sun (2001-present).  

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