[Libs-Or] Ancestry.com

nathan pedersen nathanp at dpls.lib.or.us
Mon Nov 12 13:12:38 PST 2012

Many thanks to everyone who responded to my Ancestry.com query!  I got a lot of feedback on this and will be compiling a summary report this week.  Some of you have already e-mailed me indicating you would be interested in reading such a report.  If anyone else would like a copy, just drop me a line.

A quick summary for everyone else:

*         Many public libraries around the state subscribe to Ancestry.com.

*         The library edition of Ancestry.com is well-liked and frequently used by both library staff and patrons.

*         Ancestry.com is often one of the most frequently used databases offered by a library.

*         Lack of remote access does not seem to be much of a problem.  Patrons, in general, are happy to come into the library to use the resource.

*         While many libraries subscribe to both Ancestry.com and Heritage Quest, Ancestry.com is much preferred for the depth and breadth of its records.  Heritage Quest is often recommended as a starting place for research which can be better continued with Ancestry.com.

Thanks again!


Nate Pedersen | Community Librarian | 541-617-7092 | nathanp at deschuteslibrary.org<mailto:nathanp at dpls.lib.or.us>

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Do any of you subscribe to the library edition of Ancestry.com?  What are your thoughts on it?  Is it well-used / well-liked by your patrons?  Do you simultaneously subscribe to Heritage Quest?

We are considering adding Ancestry.com to our online resources here at Deschutes Public.  (We currently have Heritage Quest).  We are concerned by the lack of remote access to the database, but feel that the inclusion of global records would be a benefit to our customers - perhaps enough of a benefit to overcome the access issue and draw customers into the library.

Your thoughts would be appreciated. Please respond to me off-list.  I'd be happy to compile an anonymous summary of responses and share with anyone interested.

Thanks much.

(By the way, I'm quite new to this list, so I'll also take a second to introduce myself:  I'm the new Community Librarian with Deschutes Public - I'm based at the downtown Bend branch.  Prior to this position, I worked for a year part-time as a reference librarian at Central Oregon Community College).

Nate Pedersen
Community Librarian
Deschutes Public Library
(541) 617-7092
nathanp at dpls.lib.or.us<mailto:nathanp at dpls.lib.or.us>

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