Learn about your family’s history with our database

This probably isn’t your family. But you CAN find out more about your family with the databases at Mentor Library.

This probably isn’t your family. But you CAN find out more about your family with the databases at Mentor Library.

How far back do you know your family’s history? Do you know your great-grandparents? Do you know their great-grandparents?

Do you want to?

It’s amazing what you can learn about your family history in just 30 minutes with our free Ancestry database.

You can use the Ancestry database whenever you visit any of our branches. You can access it on the Databases page in the Research & Tools section of our website. (Unlike most of our digital services and databases, you do need to use a Mentor Library computer to access the Ancestry database.)

If you know the name of the person you’re researching and somewhere they lived, then you have all you need to begin.

If you know the name of the person you’re researching and somewhere they lived, then you have all you need to begin.

You don’t need to know much to get started on the Ancestry database—a name, somewhere that person lived and it helps to know his or her approximate birth year. (And, frankly, if you don’t know your great-grandfather or great-great-mother’s birth year, it usually only takes a single search to find out.)

Ancestry then searches through millions of public records for information about him or her: census and immigration information, birth/marriage/death certificates, and more. Not only can you view these documents, but you can email them to yourself and your family members.

You’ll never know what you don’t know until you look.

And it’s free with your library card. So come to the library and start searching!

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