Thursday, March 11, 2010

Who Do You Think You Are?

Did you get sucked into NBC's new program, Who Do You Think You Are? The seven-episode program leads celebrities like Sarah Jessica Parker and Brooke Shields "on a journey of self-discovery as they unearth their family trees that reveal surprising, inspiring and even tragic stories that are often linked to crucial events in American history."

Well, this blog post isn't to review the television show, but to point out some of the free e-resources offered by Fauquier County Public Library that allow library users to trace their own amazing personal genealogies - no need to be a celebrity!

Start off your search even before heading to your local library by visiting the library's Local History & Genealogy page on the library Web site.

Check our online databases section, where you'll see that the library subscribes to Ancestry Library Edition, the world's largest online collection of family records and resources, with billions of names from U.S., U.K., and Canadian census and vital records, immigration records and passenger lists, military histories and records, and much more. Watch a brief 2 minute video that illustrates how to use this powerful database and then visit your local library in-person to use it.

The library also provides access to HeritageQuest Online, a rich storehouse of American genealogical and historical information dating back to the 1700s. Amateurs and professionals alike can use this resource to trace the paths of their ancestors across America. Unlike AncestryLibrary Edition, HeritageQuest Online can be accessed from any computer by using your library card. You may want to watch the 2 minute video before you begin your search.

The library also maintains it's own index to the Fauquier Democrat Newspaper Index. You can search by name or life event (birth, marriage or death).

There are numerous other resources/links listed on the Local History & Genealogy page that can help you with your research. To make the most use of your time, be sure to check these out before you head to the Warrenton Library and visit our Virginiana Room. You can also sign up for a Geneaology One-on-One session through May 25, 2010. Call (540)347-8750, ext. 6 to make your appointment.

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