Excited about the 1940 census release? Search it for free at the Appleton Public Library

Pulp-less Fiction: Digital Downloads

This blog is about new paperless reading materials like downloadable audio books, ebooks, and online magazines, made available to you through the Appleton Public Library. I plan to provide helpful tips on using these new products, along with reviews of audio books, music on cd, and movies on DVD and Blu-ray.  The library is changing as rapidly as your access to media and the Internet. We want to keep on top of the trends and bring you information and entertainment in a way that fits your life today.   -Beth

Ancestry: Library Edition

For those of you who are interested in family history, you may not know that the Appleton Public Library gives you access to the 1940 census.  If you come to the library  you can use Ancestry Library Edition for free.  It  is very similar to the version you can purchase for home use, but has fewer of the tree-creation tools.  Search using the catalog computers as you don’t need to log in.  Ancestry Library Edition has birth, death, marriage, military, census and many other types of records from around the world.  


 HeritageQuest is available for in-library use plus home use for those who have a valid InfoSoup library card.  This database has censuses through 1930 (with 1940 coming soon),  plus Revolutionary War and Freedman’s Bank records.  You can search over 28,000 local and family history books as well as PERSI for articles.  Go to the Appleton Public Library Electronic Resources list, and choose HeritageQuest.  Log in with your library card number and password. 


Tip:  Separate groups of people index each database, so they may read those handwritten names differently.  If you can’t find your ancestor in one version, try the other!

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