Library promotes Family History Month

ESCANABA — The Escanaba Public Library invites the public to celebrate October as Family History Month with free access to digital learning tools, an interactive display and a family tree contest.

The library has both print and electronic resources to help users interested in learning more about their history. Free access to powerful research tools can help users discover facts about their heritage, learn about their ancestors and build a family tree.

Visitors to the library can access the Library Edition of Ancestry.com, a subscription provided by the Friends of the Library. Ancestry is a comprehensive collection of census records, military, immigration and travel records and charts and forms to assist in organizing findings. New to the library is MyHeritage.com, a family history resource available through the Michigan eLibrary (MeL.org) that includes more than 6 billion historical records from the United States, Europe, Latin America, and other regions as well as over 2 billion family trees.

In addition to family history databases, the library has a digital archive of local papers that spans from 1869 – 1923, offering Escanaba natives a rich opportunity to mine the community record for details about their family and early life. The library also has a large collection of local history books, Escanaba city directories dating back to the 1890’s, cemetery records and documents from the Delta County Genealogical Society.

To celebrate Family History Month, the staff at the Escanaba Public Library will feature personal family photos, mementos, and items in the display case throughout the month. The library is also sponsoring a contest designed to encourage users to build their family tree. Library cardholders who submit their family tree during the month of October will be eligible to enter a drawing to win a free DNA testing kit.

To learn more about how to get a library card, visit www.escanabalibrary.org or, contact the library at 906-789-7323.

The Escanaba Public Library is located at 400 Ludington St. in downtown Escanaba.

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