FREE Family History resources in all public libraries in Wales
Family history research is fast becoming a popular leisure activity with an increasing number of people trying to trace their ancestors and prepare a family tree. Libraries inWaleshave made this activity accessible to all with Ancestry Library Edition now available in all public libraries across Wales for free!
It’s simple to use and the resource provides plenty of search tips and help pages and library staff are always on hand to help.
You can search:
- Censuses forEngland,ScotlandandWales, the Isle of Man and theChannel Islands1841-1901.
- Englandand Wales Civil Registration Index (1837 – 1983) for birth, deaths and marriages – plus more recent specific indexes.
- UKandIrelandparish and probate records (1500s -1837)
- A variety of American and other foreign material including directories Federal census, convict index, Railway Gazette data, and immigration/naturalisation lists.
Ancestry Library Edition provides the most genealogical information available on-line, with more than 5 billion names in over 4000 collections. It offers a wide and diverse variety of unique content to help users trace their family lineage or help historians’ access historic records that have not previously been available online. It is continuously expanding with new content added every day.
One library user said ‘I have been doing my family tree at the library for a while now and having ancestry.com for free has been a godsend, especially for my wallet! There have been times when I have spoken to staff about family trees and the times I have they have always listened with enthusiasm and encouragement, also suggesting other helpful sites.’
Welsh libraries offer a variety of other resources to assist users in their local and family history research – books, newspapers and periodicals, photographs, maps and plans, illustrations, directories, electoral registers, records and census returns. Not to mention free internet access to scan the whole host of websites aimed at helping us discover our roots.
Once you have started on the journey of discovering your past you can find lots of other useful resources via local and national archive offices, local history groups, family history services, museums and records offices.
Ancestry.com is available from all libraries inWalesat no cost – to subscribe to this service from home could cost you up to £155.40 per year!
For more information about the services, facilities and events available in your local area please contact your local library and you can findout more about libraries in Walesor even where your local library is by logging on to librarywales.org.
Photo: Nana Bibli shows she is related to Kylie Minogue and Owain Glyndwr – The Biblis are an animated family created for Welsh Libraries demonstrating how libraries are relevant for all ages – www.youtube/welshlibraries
For more information contact:
Jane Purdie – Libraries Inspire Marketing Officer
Phone: 01978 298861