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Family history website now free to access

by Laura Johnston

If researching your family tree is something you’ve always wanted to do now could be the perfect time to get started as Ancestry, the family history website, is now free to access from home.

Ancestry, the Library Edition, is usually only available to use in branch but now the Archive Service (ARK) is able to offer Knowsley library members free access from home during the lockdown.

All you need to access Ancestry is your Knowsley library membership number. Simply log into your account and you will be able to access Ancestry from your home page.

Don’t worry if you’re not already a member of the library service, it’s really easy to join by emailing yourlibrary@knowsley.gov.uk with your name, address and postcode and you will be sent your membership details.

On Ancestry Library Edition you will find:

  • Searchable English census records 1841 – 1911 with images of the actual census pages.
  • Census records for other areas of the UK and other parts of the world
  • Birth, marriage and death records, including the England and Wales birth, marriage and death indexes
  • Records of immigration into the US and of emigration from the UK, including passenger lists
  • Military records
  • And directories and membership lists.

Cllr Jayne Aston, Knowsley Cabinet Member for Resources, said:

“We are delighted to offer free access to Ancestry via the Library Service website. Focusing on a project like researching your family tree, or the history of your local community, is a really good way to keep busy and keep your mind occupied during these difficult times.”

Ancestry Library Edition access at home for library members is currently available until 31 March 2021.