Find your ancestors at Stratford Public Library
How much do you know about your family history? Is your family new to New Hampshire, or have you been here for decades-or even for centuries? Where did they come from originally? When and where were they born? What did they do for a living?
Now you can find out.
Through a program initiated by the New Hampshire State Library, public libraries throughout the state, including Stratford Public Library, now have access to Ancestry.com's Library Edition, which includes more than 7,000 databases that deliver billions of records using censuses, vital records, immigration records, family histories, military records, court and legal documents, directories, maps and more.
Ancestry.com's Library Edition is available only at participating libraries; you cannot log in from home. Patrons with laptops can access the information on site at libraries with wireless Internet access, including Stratford Library.
The service is easy to use: to get started, all you need is a name. Ancestry.com's Library Edition then searches its databases to find everyone with that name, or even names that are similar. The more information you have-country, state, year of birth, etc.-the more Ancestry can filter its databases to help you narrow down your search.
You can learn not only about people's birth, marriage and death dates, but also their jobs, how long they went to school, who lived with them and other interesting facts. You can even view enlistment records and, in some cases, find the streets they lived on or learn their phone numbers.
New content is always being added, so you can keep coming back to discover more about your ancestors-or even others.
But there's more ...
Stratford Library also now participates in the HeritageQuest Online service made possible through the New Hampshire State Library. HeritageQuest combines digital, searchable images of U.S. federal census records with the digitized version of the popular UMI Genealogy & Local History collection and other valuable content. This online database is an essential collection of unique material for both genealogical and historical researchers, with coverage dating back to the late 1700s. Researchers can use HeritageQuest Online to find their ancestors, trace their paths across America, and learn what life was like in the areas where they settled. HeritageQuest Online includes all of the images, and extensive indexing, from the 1790 - 1930 U.S. federal censuses. It offers more than 20,000 book titles, including nearly 8,000 family histories and over 12,000 local histories. Additionally, there are more than 250 primary-source documents such as tax lists, city directories, probate records, and more. The years 1700 to the present, with U.S. federal census information through 1940 are presently covered.
Stratford Library patrons can use the HeritageQuest databases from home or from inside the library.
Best of all - both Ancestry.com Library Edition and HeritageQuest Online are free for Stratford Library patrons.
Talk to Tom McCorkhill, Librarian, to find out how to access these databases. The library is open on Mondays from 9 am to 2 pm; Thursdays from 9 am to 5 pm; and Fridays from 9 am to 2 pm.