The power of a library card can open many doors, including those to the past.  Plymouth Public Library patrons have access to the world of genealogy via the Ancestry.com, HeritageQuest and Fold3 databases.

“The databases we have subscriptions to are great resources if you are just starting out with genealogy.” said Cindy Clough, Adult Circulation Supervisor.  “They are all three easy to access and use right from our website (www.myplymouthlibrary.org).  All you have to do is visit our homepage, hover over the “Digital” tab at the top of the page and then click “genealogy.”

“To access Ancestry.com, you’ll need to actually come into the library, as that database is accessible only within our building.” said Clough.  “The other two databases are accessible anywhere by logging in with your full library card number and using the 4-digit PIN number you previously set up on your account.  If you forget your PIN, or haven’t set one up, we can take care of that too.”

HeritageQuest and Fold3 are both owned by Ancestry.com but both offer vastly different search results.  Fold3 focuses on the Military.  You can look up anyone that is deceased to find out where they served, what rank they held, and where they passed away.

HeritageQuest is a lot more in depth, and offers more options.  You can search census records for both the United States and Canada.  HeritageQuest also provides a census map guide and United States Indian Census rolls.  You can search U.S. Freedman’s Bank Records for the years 1861-1875 as well as selected Revolutionary War records.

“I’ve had success with finding my own family members that served in World War II by using Fold3.  It was very easy to get started and I highly recommend our available databases to anyone looking to get started with genealogy research.” said Clough.

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