Wednesday, March 27, 2013

Ancestry Library Edition - New Resources in 2013

Ancestry Library Edition is the world’s most popular consumer online genealogy resource to the library -- and it's FREE for use in the library. 

The following new resources are especially noteworthy for 2013:
  • Public Member Trees
  • U.S. City Directories
  • School Lesson Plans
Public Member Trees
Public Member Trees have become the bridge between individual researchers and original records/sources to tell the family story. Many clues about family history can be found in these trees.
  • Nearly 40 million trees have been contributed by more than two million members. These members have indicated that their tree(s) can be viewed by all Ancestry members.
  • The trees can change over time as users edit, remove, or otherwise modify the data in their trees.
  • The trees in the Library Edition are read-only. Library patrons cannot edit the existing trees or add new trees.
  • Information about living people is not shown. There are more than two billion nodes in the Public Member Trees database. A large percentage of the nodes are not for living people.
  • Each Public Member Tree is owned by the individual who put it on
  • does not verify that any tree or fact is correct, nor will they correct or edit a tree.
  • Library patrons will not have the ability to contact the owner of the tree.
  • Library patrons can submit anonymous comments about any tree. 
  • There is no login for individual users of the Library Edition. 
U.S. City Directories
This new feature is a collection of directories for U.S. cities and counties in various years. The database currently contains directories for all states except Alaska.
  • Coverage is 1821-1989.
  • Original sources vary according to directory. The title of the specific directory being viewed is listed at the top of the image viewer page. Check the directory title page image for full title and publication information.
  • The Gale City Directories Collection is included.
  • TIP: Use the Ancestry Card Catalog feature to go directly to U.S. City Directories.
School Lesson Plans
A variety of one-page school lesson plans are now available to assist in the classroom.
  • Designed for middle school and high school students and curriculums.
  • Covers relevant National Standards, including Common Core requirements.
  • Developed by a certified K-12 teacher.
  • Available free on the website.
  • More topics coming in the future.
~ Alison -- Electronic Resources Librarian

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