Local library offers free family history research



If you are interested in your family history, the Natchitoches Parish Library’s (NPL) database, MyHeritage Library Edition, is one of the largest, most internationally diverse genealogy databases of its kind. The NPL provides its patrons with access to billions of historical documents, millions of historical photos, and other resources in thousands of databases that span the past five centuries. Remote access and a mobile-friendly interface make it a very convenient genealogy product for patrons.

Content includes: more than 12 billion historical ?records from the United States, Europe, Latin America, and other regions; the full USA federal census (1790-1940) with images; census of England and Wales (1841-1901) with images; more than 4 billion exclusive family tree profiles from MyHeritage and Geni users; more than 816 million US public records; hundreds of millions of Nordic records; more than 100 million gravestone photos; more than 474 million historical photographs; military records, immigration records and passenger lists; citizenship and naturalization records; directories, guides, references, biographies and yearbooks; government, land, and court records; wills and probate records; and many other exclusive databases. New collections, containing millions of records, are added monthly. There are also 42 different languages supported.

MyHeritage Library Edition focuses on people-based records, which contain information about both everyday people and prominent individuals across societies and periods of time. This emphasis, plus the strength of the index, enables users to access information both about specialized topics (regions, time periods) as well as social, cultural and political trends. The “Record Detective” feature takes research a step further and recommends additional relevant records based on those already discovered. The search engine’s automatic handling of translations, synonyms and spelling variations of millions of names in multiple languages is unparalleled. All of this together helps MyHeritage Library Edition enhance research and help users discover even more relevant records in far less time.

For more information regarding library databases or any library service, visit natlib.org or call 318-357-3280, or visit either location and library staff will help you to set up an account and familiarize you with any of its new services.