Your Community: Discover your family history from home

It’s now easier than ever to discover your unique family history. For a limited time, you can access Ancestry Library Edition from home using your Johnson County Library card. Normally only available for in-library use, Ancestry has expanded access during the COVID-19 related building closures. Ancestry Library Edition, distributed exclusively by ProQuest and powered by Ancestry.com, allows you to explore billions of records from around the world, including from U.S., U.K., and Canadian census and vital records, immigration and passport records, periodicals and books, photos and more. This resource is available from home through April 30, 2020.

In addition, Johnson County Library offers a wealth of online services for anyone researching family history. Here are some community favorites:

HeritageQuest Online – Powered by Ancestry, this is a rich source of American history through federal census records, Revolutionary War records, Freedman’s Bank records, city directories, published family histories and more.

JoCoHistory Obituary Index – The Johnson County Genealogical Society has provided thousands of citations for obituaries from local newspapers dating from the late 19th century to present.

America’s Obituaries & Death Notices – This database provides obituaries and death notices from hundreds of U.S. newspapers and the Social Security Death Index.

Genealogy Connect – Information to help you start researching your family history with numerous family lineages organized by geographic region, Revolutionary War records, and genealogy how-to reference guides.

Expert Recommendations – Guides from our local genealogy experts about tips and resources for research pertaining specifically to Johnson County and beyond.

Get started today by visiting jocolibrary.org/genealogy to access these resources.

Johnson County Library – Nurturing the Community’s Collective Wisdom