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Image result for digital libraryIf you are interested in family history/genealogy, you need to have a free FamilySearch account. It truly is free, and it truly is fabulous. One feature of FamilySearch that has not gotten as much attention as it deserves is the Digital Library, which has recently been updated. This library is filled with family books containing histories and genealogies of over 400,000 families. Besides the family history books, there are histories of counties, local histories, genealogy magazines, gazetteers, and dictionaries, as well as pedigrees and lineage charts and medieval histories.

This Library also partners with and provides search links to 12 Large Public Libraries, including the Allen County Genealogy Center, the Arizona State Library, the Mid-Continent Public Library, the Ontario Genealogy Society, the BYU Family History Library, and the Birmingham Public Library Southern History Department

To use this site go to familysearch.org and sign in, and then click on the ‘Search’ Tab and select Books from the drop-down menu.  [You can also locate this library at FamilySearch.org/library/books] Next type in the surname you are interested in to see if they have a copy of a book about your family. One book I was especially happy to find was the ‘Descendants of William Theobald’. This book is out of print and was limited in its original publication because it was printed just for the family. If there is a book on your family you will find:

  • Clear images and pages that are quick to load.
  • Digital pages that turn and read like a book.
  • Books that are Text searchable
  • Images that are adjustable for easier reading
  • A search feature that lets you quickly locate names within the book.

While you can access the Digital Library and see the collections without signing in, you will need to sign in with your user name and password to view the images. Most books that I have found are accessible for the general public, but you may come across one that needs to be viewed at a Family History Center. Enjoy!


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