10.12.2015

Old Bridge, NJ – June 22, 2015 – The Old Bridge Public Library is offering patrons interested in their lineage a valuable research tool with free access to Ancestry.com, effective July 1st. The site hosts the world’s largest online collection of family history records, currently over 12 billion US records, with an average of two million records added to the site daily.

Library patrons can begin researching their family history, creating family trees and viewing and posting photographs by visiting the Library’s central or Laurence Harbor branches and accessing the site on the public computers.

“Many of us are fascinated by our family lineage and are anxious to learn more about our ancestors,” noted Library Director Nancy Cohen. “We are sure our patrons will love exploring these sites and gaining a better understanding of their heritage.”

Users can access records dating back to the late 1300s. The first Ancestry.com site was launched in 1996 and the organization now administers websites for residents of the US, United Kingdom, Canada, Australia, Germany, Italy, France, Sweden and Mexico. It is the world’s largest online family history resource with more than two million subscribers across all its websites, including archives.com, Fold3.com and newspapers.com. Members have created over 70 million family trees containing over 6 billion profiles and have uploaded more than 300 million photographs. The Ancestry mobile app for both iOS and Android has been downloaded over 12 million times since its creation in 2011.

On average, over 75 million searches are handled by the site’s servers every day.

Ancestry.com will soon release over 170 million name-searchable images of probate and wills records. Ancestry’s professional research group, AncestryProGenealogists, supports shows such as “Who Do You Think You Are?,” “Genealogy Roadshow” and “Finding Your Roots.”

More information about this and other library resources is available at www.oldbridgelibrary.org or by calling 732-721-5600 x5033. The Old Bridge Public Library is located at 1 Old Bridge Plaza, at the intersection of Rt. 516 and Cottrell Road. The satellite Laurence Harbor Branch is located at 277 Shoreland; phone: 732-566-2227.

 

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