With database, you can search ancestry from home

By LEANN BURKE
lburke@dcherald.com

The Jasper-Dubois County Public Library is now offering a new resource for the county’s genealogy enthusiasts, and this time, they can access it from home.

The library recently added MyHeritage Library Edition to its extensive list of online databases patrons can access using their library cards. It is the first genealogy database the library has that patrons can access from their personal computers. The other two genealogy databases — Ancestry and Heritage Quest — can only be accessed from library computers due to their service agreements.

“I was so excited to get this one because I know it’s something people have been wanting,” Library Director Christine Golden said.

Genealogy is a popular activity for Dubois County library patrons. The Jasper, Ferdinand and Dubois branches all have a room designated to genealogy. The rooms are filled with county histories compiled by local historians over the years, most notably George R. Wilson, and computers that access Ancestry and Heritage Quest.

In 2018, researchers used those databases to search nearly 6,000 times.

Often, the librarians get calls from people from out of the state asking for genealogical information. But until now, the library offered few resources that family researchers could take home. MyHeritage has changed that.

“So many people don’t know where to start, so they’re intimidated about coming in,” Golden said.

MyHeritage will offer those people a starting point, and for more experienced family researchers, Golden said, the database is offering new photos and information they haven’t found anywhere else. The database includes billions of historical documents from more than 48 countries, millions of historical photos, public records, indexes and additional resources, according to a library press release.

Adding MyHeritage to the library’s databases will cost $2,100 per year. Ancestry costs $2,152 per year and Heritage Quest costs $845. Librarians hope to offer additional resources online in the future.

One of the goals for 2019 is to digitize a portion of the documents in the genealogy rooms.

To access MyHeritage and historical documents already digitized, visit the library’s databases web page, www.jdcpl.lib.in.us/databases.php.

The Huntingburg Public Library also offers genealogical and local history resources both online and in the library. Those online resources can be accessed at www.huntingburg.lib.in.us/localhistory.html.




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