Douglas Library of Hebron

Ancestry Library Edition

The Douglas Library subscribes to the Ancestry Library Edition database. This database can only be used inside the Douglas Library. You may use our public computers, or bring in your own laptop.

ProQuest has partnered with to create Ancestry® Library Edition, one of the most important genealogical collections available today.  It has unparalleled coverage of the United States and the United Kingdom, including census, vital, church, court, and immigration records, as well as record collections from Canada, Europe, Australia and other areas of the world!  This collection, with thousands of databases and billions of indexed names, is essential to having a broad genealogy collection, and its valuable content is a strong complement to HeritageQuest® Online.


Douglas Library of Hebron Help with Tracing Family Trees

(Hebron, CT) – Douglas Library of Hebron has a new resource that uses technology to make tracing family trees easier.  Ancestry® Library Edition, a Web-based reference tool distributed by ProQuest, will allow you to start exploring your roots by searching a surname.  Anyone can come into the library to dig into Ancestry Library Edition’s millions of records – as far back as the 1400s.

The library is responding to a growing interest in family history that’s captured not only Hebron but America as a whole.  A new nationwide survey* shows 73% of Americans want to learn more about their roots, up from 60% in 2000.  Twenty-five percent of those surveyed became interested after searching for a family surname online, pointing to the increasing popularity of Internet-based genealogy.  Ancestry Library Edition is available on the library’s Internet stations located on the Main Floor.

Once connected to Ancestry Library Edition, you’ll find a friendly opening screen that asks for the name of the person to be searched.  Key in the name, click on “Search” and Ancestry Library Edition scans its vast selection of U.S. federal and state census data, birth, marriage, and death records, military records, Social Security death records, and immigration lists.  It also includes an extensive collection of information from the U.K., including images census records and civil registrations.  Additionally, probate records dating back to the 1500s are included from England, Scotland, Ireland and Wales.  The information you find are pieces of a puzzle that you’ll assemble.  These records have “clues” to the past – places where ancestors lived, names of relatives, birth or death dates, etc – that lead to more information.  Names can be added to form the “tree” or searched to find more clues.