Next week is Libraries Week, and with a digital theme this year, we're continuing our focus on the important digital resources and support provided by our public libraries.
Ever considered uncovering your family’s past? Every year, many people take steps to understand their ancestry, heading in the direction of their local library. There are rich resources and expertise waiting to be used as part of these highly rewarding projects. So what are you waiting for?
In this blog post, we talk to Isobel MacLellan, Special Collections Librarian at the Mitchell Library in Glasgow, who has advised library customers on tracing their family history for the last 10 years.
Why is the library the best place to conduct family history research?
Firstly, libraries have a range of genealogy resources available free-of-charge and the computers to access them. If you google family history and Glasgow, you’ll quickly get sent in the direction of the Mitchell Library.
We provide Ancestry.com library edition and Find My Past, which are also available in our local branch libraries. The Mitchell also provides access to the British Newspaper Archive and we have census returns, old parish records on microfilm,and historic voters rolls for Glasgow It’s all free to access here. Plus you can print out at only 10p per sheet! All you need is a Glasgow library card and anyone can join.
There are library staff available to advise you – we try and point people in the right direction to help with their family history research. We can also refer customers to the City Archives for other family history resources and the Registrars Service for access to the Scotland’s People website for further information on births, marriages and deaths.
How do you assist customers coming into your family history department?
We advise customers on how to start their family tree and people also come to us if they get stuck during their research. There’s no need to make an appointment – you can just drop in. We also run family history events twice a month (also free!) which provide advice on where to start and introduce the sources you can use...