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May 9, 2019

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Popular Internet resource let you discover your roots in the library

La Grange Public Library has a new resource that uses technology to make tracing family trees easier. Ancestry® Library Edition, a Web-based reference tool 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 La Grange 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.

“More and more of our patrons want to explore their past and these resources make it easy and convenient,” said Debbie Darwine, Adult & Teen Services Manager.   “We expect this to be one of our most popular services.”

For more info or to start tracing...

(Please note: Ancestry is for in-library use only. To search census records and public directories from home, try HeritageQuest.)