Library expands access to genealogy database

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BRATTLEBORO — Brooks Memorial Library has expanded its access to the world's largest free genealogical database —, a global leader in record preservation and access since 1938.

Its database now has more than two billion records and continues to grow.

In December, Brooks became an affiliate library, which gives access to millions of genealogical images including locked records not available to users of the service who search the database from home.

How will this new expanded access work?

Whenever a user encounters an online genealogy record with the icon of a camera and key (locked record), that record will not be available unless it is accessed by using a Brooks Memorial Library public access computer or by using the Brooks Memorial Library public

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In addition, users must establish a free account with FamilySearch in order to access the records, and this allows use of other features, such as building family trees, uploading photos, documents, and other media, for one's ancestor.

Since August 2017, Family Search Library has ceased the loan of its microfilm making this expanded online access ever more important.

FamilySearch scanners are working hard to upload microfilm content by digitizing over 1,000 microfilms each day, and the goal is to have all microfilm digitized and available online by the end of 2020.

For more information, contact Brooks Memorial Library, at , or by calling the library reference desk at 802-254-5290, ext.1220.


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