Discover Your Family History from Home with

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July 30, 2020

By Mark Knox

Categories: Collections, Spotlight

Did you know that Ancestry, one of our best databases, is temporarily accessible outside of the library? Throughout the month of August, you can access it with your MGPL card. If you have not played around with Ancestry, now is the time to give it a try!

There's a reason Ancestry’s name is synonymous with genealogy. With one simple search Ancestry gives you access to billions of records across their vast collections, streamlining your family history research and allowing even people new to genealogy to fill in a good deal of their family tree.

Even if genealogy does not appeal to you, it is worth jumping in and doing a few quick searches. You never know what you might find.


How to access Ancestry

Use this link or the one on our Databases page and enter your library card number to start your journey into your family’s history.


Need help finding an ancestor?

We are here for you! Check out our video walkthrough on how to access Ancestry and some of the strategies you can use to find your ancestors.

If you’d like some 1-on-1 help finding your family on Ancestry, contact the Adult Services department at 847-929-5101 or email us at We can take a crack at finding some of your ancestors for you, or we can walk you through using Ancestry over a phone call or Zoom meeting and give you some handy pointers to help you get started.

Mark Knox is an Adult Services Librarian at Morton Grove Public Library.