Genealogy database available free at the library

Great news for patrons who enjoy genealogy!

We now have the highly popular database available free at the library for your searches. is the largest online family history resource database in the world.  It has more than 10 billion genealogical records from around the world and 38 million family trees.

Among the many genealogical records you’ll find on Ancestry are census records, immigration records, military records, and notices of births, marriages and deaths.

The majority of the records are from the U.S., though records are being added for other countries such as Canada, the U.K. and European countries.

We have had many requests for this database from the genealogists in the area.  The only catch is that cannot be accessed remotely.  It is for use in the library only, a restriction that is common for premium databases. This applies to all libraries, not just ours.  (Ancestry also has a home edition which is not as full-featured as the library edition.)

Free high-tech training

Here is a list of the remainder of our free high-tech learning sessions for 2012:  Informal sessions with Cody are set for today (Thursday, Dec. 20) from 3–5 p.m. and Thursday, Dec. 27, from 3–5 p.m.  We also have one more formal training session for this year that requires advance registration for space reasons:  On Friday, Dec, 28, from 10 a.m.–noon you can learn how to upload and organize your digital photos online.

Large print

“An Outlaw’s Christmas” by Linda Lael Miller is a western romance. “Gone” by Randy Wayne White is the first in a new thriller series starring fishing guide Hannah Smith.  “The Last Man” by Vince Flynn is the latest in the thriller series featuring Vince Flynn. “Sweet Laurel Falls” by ReaAnne Thayne is the latest in  the Hope’s Crossing contemporary romance series. “Christmas in Cornwall” by Marcia Willett is the story of a boy, his father and his grandmother and the bond they form over Christmas.


“Your House is on Fire, Your Children All Gone” is a supernatural horror story by Stefan Kiesbye.

Mysteries and thrillers

“The Thieves of Legend” by Richard Doetsch is a thriller set in China. “Threat Victor” by Tom Clancy with Mark Greaney is the latest in the thriller series featuring Jack Ryan.  “Arctic Fire” by Stephen Frey is a thriller set in Alaska that begins when an experienced outdoors man falls off a crab boat.


“Waging Heavy Peace” by Neil Young is a memoir by the rock star with the subtitle “A Hippie Dream,” which says it all. “My Mother Was Nuts” by Penny Marshall is a memoir with a backstage look at the life of this actress and director.

Thanks to our donors

For books and materials this week, we thank Deborah Schulte and several anonymous donors.

Quotable quote

“Gifts of time and love are surely the basic ingredients of a truly Merry Christmas.” — Peg Bracken, author of the 1960s humorous, “I Hate To Cook Book.”


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This story was posted on December 20, 2012.