Are you fascinated by your family history and ethnic heritage? Would you like to learn more about your ancestors? For some, genealogical research is an intriguing game of connect the dots. For others, genealogy is an opportunity to uncover truths about themselves or their relatives. Regardless of your motive, delving into the history of your family—your history—can be an enjoyable and enlightening pursuit. You just need to have the right tools. ARLS offers two free tools for online genealogy research:
Ancestry® Library Edition—Powered by the world’s most popular consumer online genealogy resource Ancestry.com, this research tool delivers billions of records in censuses, vital records, immigration records, family histories, military records, court and legal documents, directories, photos, maps, and more. Access Ancestry® Library Edition at any ARLS branch by visiting www.arls.org and clicking on the link under “Resources”.
HeritageQuest® Online—This comprehensive treasury of American genealogical sources consists of six core data sets: federal censuses, genealogy and local history, Periodical Source Index (PERSI), Revolutionary War records, Freedman’s Bank records, and LexisNexis® U.S. Serial Set containing records of memorials, petitions, private relief actions made to the U.S. Congress back to 1789. Access HeritageQuest ® Online from home or at any ARLS branch by visiting www.arls.org. Click on the FindItVA link under “Resources”, select public library resources, genealogy, and HeritageQuest.
Please call 804-458-6329 X1005 for help using these online tools.
Want to find out more?
- Make an appointment to view the Ann K. and Preston H. Leake Local History and Genealogy Collection at the Hopewell Library.
- Be sure to check out genealogy books in the non-fiction 929s.
- Take advantage of the information and resources available at www.FindItVA.com. Simply type a subject word or phrase in the search field to get started!
- Attend an ARLS sponsored online genealogy workshop to learn how to use Ancestry® Library Edition and HeritageQuest® Online. Dates and availability may vary. Pleae call 804-458-6329 X1005 for more information.