Jersey Library expands its family tree research section

| February 10, 2014 | 0 Comments

Jersey Library is expanding the online resources available free to library members who want to research their ancestry or family tree.

In order to meet an increasing demand from the public, the Library Service has now subscribed to two other popular sites, the well-known Ancestry.com and Forces War Records, both of which are free for members to use.

The Find my Past website has been available in the reference library at Halkett Place for more than two years and a new open learning computer suite was recently added on the first floor, which made it more accessible to more people. There are now two open learning computer suites in the Central Library, with trained staff who are on hand to help visitors get online and to access resources such as Ancestry.com.

Ancestry.com contains birth, marriage and death records, census records, military records, immigration records and many more records from around the world.

Forces War Records is a site containing the military records of more than five million British Armed Forces personnel dating back to 1350, along with an online library of historic documents.

Helen Barette, Senior Librarian Local Studies, said: ‘Over the past couple of years we have seen an increasing number of people coming to the Jersey Library to research their family history. Our new online resources will help people to delve into their past and create their family tree.

‘We felt that the Forces War Records site was particularly relevant in 2014 with the current interest in researching World War I for the forthcoming centenary.’

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