Ancestry for beginners workshop - climb your family tree for free

CAMBRIDGESHIRE County Council is delighted to announce two free workshops were residents can learn to explore the world’s largest family history website for free.

The workshops have been made possible by the generous support of volunteers from ProQuest, an information firm central to serious research and the distributor of Ancestry Library Edition.

Ancestry Library Edition is a leading online genealogy resource, with more than 5 billion names in over 4000 collections. It allows people to search census returns, birth, marriage and death records, passenger lists, and much, much more. Best of all, access to Ancestry Library Edition is available free of charge in Cambridgeshire Libraries.

The first workshop will take place at Central Library, Cambridge, this Thursday (October 6), repeated on Thursday December 15. They begin at 2.30pm and last one hour. The sessions are open to anyone aged 16+, and are free of charge. To reserve a place email Your.Library@cambridgeshire.gov.uk call 0345-045-5225, or ask any member of staff in Central Library.

The forthcoming workshops, led by Alison Knight from ProQuest, will help first-time users explore this treasure store of genealogical data. They will be especially helpful for those who have an interest in family history, but are not so confident at using a computer – although basic keyboard and mouse skills will be assumed.

Cambridgeshire County Councillor David Harty, Cabinet Member for Learning, said: There is a huge and growing interest in family history, as shown by the popularity of BBC TV’s ‘Who Do You Think You Are?’ Cambridgeshire Libraries and Archives helps thousands of people trace their ancestors using a whole range of resources of which Ancestry is one of the best known.

“Cambridgeshire County Council extends a warm welcome to volunteers from ProQuest. This is a wonderful example of the business community supporting their local library.”