The library makes genealogy simple |

The library makes genealogy simple

Library SpotlightKim KuceraGlenwood Springs, CO Colorado

Have you wondered how to get started looking for the birth date of the daughter of your greatgrandfather’s uncle? Well, the Garfield County Public Library Web site might be able to help. Just go to and click on the “Research & Learning Tools” button. Then click on the “Genealogy” link. This will get you started with lots of great resources.The HeritageQuest database can be accessed in the library or in the comfort of your own home – just put in the bar code from the back of your library card and go! The HeritageQuest database offers access to census records, Revolutionary War records, Freedman’s Bank records, and a collection of over 22,000 family and local histories. The Ancestry Library database offers access to historical records, stories and publications, and photos and maps. One of the best resources with this database is that you can download many different kinds of forms and charts to help you with your research. The Ancestry Library database can only be accessed in the library, but all our branches have many computers to use for your convenience. We also have wireless Internet access available 24/7 at all our branches.The three other links on the page provide you with hundreds of other Web sites to help you on your ancestral journey. Take some time exploring the information that’s available on each Web site – many of them give you tips to get started. And don’t forget, libraries are also a great resource. Our branch staff can put you in touch with the local museums or historical societies, and both the Rifle and Glenwood Springs branches have their town newspaper on microfilm. Everyone knows what a big undertaking genealogy research can be, and can be a great way to help you discover your family history.

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