Pima Library Adds Ancestry Access
On February 1 the Pima County Public Library (PCPL) announced the Ancestry Library Edition has been added to the library's website. It can be accessed on any of the library's computers or used on your personal laptop inside the library. It cannot be accessed from your home.
Not all Ancestry databases are available on the library edition. Those missing are Family Trees, the Historical Newspaper Collection, the Family and Local History Collection, the Obituary Collection, the Periodical Source Index (PERSI), Filby's Passenger and Immigration Lists Index (PLI), the Biography & Genealogy Master Index (BGMI), and the Freedman's Bank Records. The Family Trees tab and the Collaborate tab are also absent from the library edition.
You may ask, then what is available? Well, you can do your basic research as usual, searching U.S. birth, marriage, and death records, census records, military records, immigration and border crossing information, school and church histories, and other records in Ancestry's vast collection of databases.
Some of the databases not included in Ancestry's Library Edition are available separately on the PCPL website. These include databases offered by HeritageQuest, America's Obituaries, Arizona Daily Star archives, and Arizona birth and death certificates. To use these databases at home you will need to enter your library card number and your pin number.
Via HeritageQuest you can access the same Family and Local History Collection, the PERSI index, and the Freedman Bank Records omitted from the Ancestry Library Edition. Census records and selected records from the Revolutionary Pension and Bounty Land Applications are also available.
Several other databases are also found on the PCPL website. One is "Chronicling America," a collection of digitized newspapers originally published between 1836 and 1922, plus a directory to newspapers published from 1690 to present. Individual issues may be browsed or searched. This collection is most useful for subject searches rather than individual names searches.
Another is "NewsBank," a large, comprehensive collection of American obituaries & death notices, each indexed by name of the deceased person. The text of each obituary or death notice is searchable by place of residence, occupation, names of family members, and/or other personal information. A searchable map of the U.S. by state provides titles and dates of newspapers available for each state.
Finally, there is a link to the National Archives (NARA). While not all NARA's extensive collection of records has been digitized there are a number of records you can access online. These include WWII, Korean, and Vietnam casualty lists and POW lists; Fugitive Slave Case Papers; Chinese Exclusion Act Case Files; Spanish-American War service records; and Japanese-American Internee Files. There are also online research tools, research guides, and FAQs to aid in your research.
In other news, the nearly three million catalog records in the Family History Library (FHL) Catalog soon will appear in WorldCat. This free, online database currently lists over 1.6 billion catalog entries for more than 10,000 libraries worldwide. When a genealogist searches WorldCat for a surname, geographic location, ethnic group or organization bibliographic information from FamilySearch will be included in the results.
The FHL has the largest collection of genealogical resources in the world. Eventually, as they continue to digitize their vast microfilm collection whenever a researcher finds a needed bibliographic record located in the FHL on WorldCat it will link to the actual digitized image of the record described in the catalog.
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