Aberdeenshire Council is offering library members the chance to research their family tree with Ancestry Library Edition and track back through centuries of public records, tracing family lines, military service records and family certificates.
A home subscription to the service usually costs over £100, but the database can be used for free at any library in Aberdeenshire using facilities in the branch.
The library service also offers discounted access to Scotland’s People, which contains birth, marriage and death certificates not included in Ancestry.
Chair of Aberdeenshire Council’s Education, Learning and Leisure Committee, Councillor Isobel Davidson said: “Family history research is a popular pastime with many people already using library services to trace back through the centuries.
“The library service has a popular range of online resources available and the addition of the Ancestry service will allow researchers to get better quality historical information using the search function.
“Many of these tools are very expensive to purchase, but it all comes as part of being a library member. Ancestry has helped Moira and we hope that other people interested in tracing their family tree will consider doing it through their local library too.”
Vice-chair Councillor Ron McKail added: “This new service is a great tool to add to our library service. The fascinating information that can be found using old military service records and passenger information of immigration ships can be very helpful for anyone researching back through the centuries.
“I think that this can be a very productive past time and people will really value another vital service provided throughout the library service.”
For more information on the new service contact Alison Bruce, Information Services Librarian 01651 872707 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
More information on libraries in the ‘shire is available on the website at www.aberdeenshire.gov.uk/libraries