Posted by Anne Gillespie Mitchell on April 16, 2013 in Website

There was a sense of power, a new found freedom wrapped inside your first library card. It meant someone knew you, trusted you and wanted to help.

Turns out, they still do. And libraries and librarians prove this every day as they help countless individual discover historical facts about their family and their history. has billions of online historical records with details about your family and others around the globe. These records are supported by additional fine details you can find at local libraries. From amazing historical and genealogical collections, our local libraries — and the amazing librarians who support them — are the perfect place to discover a new angle, source or clue that breaks your search wide open. is available in more than 2000 libraries worldwide. But we couldn’t do it without you. So to all the librarians out there, a big thank you for everything you do that helps us get closer to our ancestors.


Anne Gillespie Mitchell

Anne Gillespie Mitchell is a Senior Product Manager at She is an active blogger on and writes the Ancestry Anne column. She has been chasing her ancestors through Virginia, North Carolina and South Carolina for many years. Anne holds a certificate from Boston University's Online Genealogical Research Program. You can also find her on Twitter, Facebook and Finding Forgotten Stories.

1 Comment

  1. My entire family is listed in the “Jewish family
    History Collection. The “reoords” they show to
    supposedly support this designation have no hint
    of a Jewish connection. These include U.S. census
    city directories etc. They are trying to tell me I am at least part Jewish and fail to provide
    documentation to back this up.Does anyone know
    who I can contact at Ancestry to find out why we
    were put in that collection?

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