AncestryPlus reconnects families at the library

AncestryPlus reconnects families at the library AncestryPlus, a computerized genealogy information resource, is now available free at libraries throughout South Dakota. The South Dakota State Library is providing this service through funding from the federal Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA).

AncestryPlus is an enhanced library version of the number one online source of family history information,, and includes's standard databases.

"As the holidays approach our thoughts naturally focus on making family connections. Genealogy is one way of making these connections and, in fact, is one of the world's most popular pastimes. With the local availability of AncestryPlus, South Dakota libraries are now, more than ever, one of the best places to begin searching, recording, and sharing family heritage," said Suzanne Miller, South Dakota state librarian. "AncestryPlus provides genealogists, students, teachers, and librarians with a dependable, accurate online resource that accesses the most information and documentation in the shortest amount of time."

Containing over 1.2 billion records in over 3,000 databases, AncestryPlus is the most comprehensive online source of genealogical and historical information available. Included in AncestryPlus are: the digitized images of the U.S. Federal Census from 1790-1930 (1930 is currently being loaded); information from immigration, vital, court, church, and ethnic records; city directories; genealogical societies; Social Security Death Index; Periodical Source Index (PERSI); family history library; Civil War Pension Index; and 700 historical maps.

The study of genealogy is one of the most popular pastimes in the world, growing 33 percent since 1995. Consider that:

* 190 million people are interested in researching family history;

* 46 million people have done a family history on the Web;

* 11 million people have done a family history in the last 30 days.

Images of the handwritten enumeration sheets of the 1920 census can be searched by either the name of the head of household or by location/geography. Descriptions of persons living in the community in 1920 can be viewed on a house-by-house and street-by-street basis. Each person's entry includes: address; name; rent or mortgage; race; age; marital status; immigration/naturalization; education; state/nation of birth and language of both a person and his/her parents; and a person's occupation, industry and whether he/she was salaried or waged or self-employed.

The Social Security Death Index contains records of persons whose deaths were reported to the Social Security Administration/SSA. It can be searched by name, geography, or birth/death dates. Each person's entry gives the name, dates of birth and death, and last city/state of residence. In addition, it links to an SSA form which can be used to request a copy ($27) or printout ($16) of the full record, which includes a person's place of birth and the full name of his/her father and mother (including maiden name).

PERSI (Periodical Source Index) is the largest and most widely used index of genealogical and historical articles in the world; it indexes articles written in 5,000 journals from the 1700s to the present. It can be used to identify articles about people and places locally and in the ancestry of local residents. Once a desired article description is found, the library can attempt to obtain photocopies of it from libraries throughout the U.S. via InterLibrary Loan.

AncestryPlus can be accessed free via computers located in public libraries in the following S.D. communities: Aberdeen, Alcester, Belle Fourche, Beresford, Britton, Brookings, Centerville, Chamberlain, Clear Lake, Corsica, Custer, Deadwood, Dell Rapids, DeSmet, Elk Point, Elkton, Ellsworth AFB, Faith, Faulkton, Flandreau, Gettysburg, Gregory, Hill City, Hot Springs, Howard, Huron, Ipswich, Irene, Kadoka, Keystone, Langford, Lead, Lemmon, Madison, Menno, Milbank, Miller, Mitchell, Mt. Vernon, New Underwood, North Sioux City, Parkston, Philip, Pierre, Plankinton, Rapid City, Salem, Scotland, Sioux Falls, Sisseton, Spearfish, Sturgis, Timber Lake, Vermillion, Wagner, Watertown, Webster, Wessington, Wessington Springs, White, White Lake, Winner and Yankton. In addition most school and academic libraries within South Dakota also have free access to AncestryPlus.

Come to the library and find your family's history!

South Dakotans without local libraries may request books and other library services directly from the State Library by calling 1-800-423-6665, via the Internet at http://www.sdstatelibrary

.com/, or by writing to the South Dakota State Library, 800 Governors Drive, Pierre, SD 57501-2294.

The South Dakota State Library provides free library services to all South Dakotans, either through their local library or directly. Alternative formats (such as Braille and audio) are also available.

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