Ancestry Library

Ancestry Library Edition
Ancestry Library

Ancestry Library Edition is similar (but not identical) to the consumer version.  Only available inside Sonoma County Library. It is not available from home under the terms of our license with Ancestry. If you have your own laptop or tablet, you can use it inside the library to reach Ancestry Library Edition.

Ancestry Library Edition provides resources for genealogical and historical research. Ancestry includes records from the United States Census; military records; court, land and probate records; vital and church records; directories; passenger lists and more. Significant resources in Ancestry include:

  • U.S. Federal Census, 1790-1930
    Complete images, many every-name census indexes
  • UK Census Collection, 1861-1901
    Census data and images
  • US Immigration Collection
    Ship’s logs and passenger indexes, linked to images of original documents
  • Vital Records and Social Security Death Index
    Birth, marriage, and death records
  • Military Collection
    WW I draft registration cards—98% of males under 46 in 1917-18; Civil War, WW II, Korean War records
  • Reference Collection
    Search major genealogy reference books; browse over 700 historic and modern maps
  • Reference Collection
    Search major genealogy reference books; browse over 700 historic and modern maps

Ancestry images

Ancestry is divided into several thousand separate databases. Two recommended ways to get started with Ancestry:

  1. Click the All Databases link at the bottom of the Ancestry home page. Then, type in a search in the Keyword(s) box. You can use searches such as:
    • Revolutionary war
    • Texas census
    • Massachusetts

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  2. Click the Search option next to the green Home label at the top of the Ancestry home page. Then, select from the list on the right side of the page. The list includes types of resources such as:
    • Birth, marriage, and death records
    • Passenger lists
    • Family trees and message boards with information and questions from other Ancestry users

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