ASHTABULA — Genealogical research is a growing pastime and participants enjoy expanding the branches on their family tree.

But how to get started?

That’s where the Ashtabula County District Library comes in. As a new FamilySearch affiliate, the library can be a resource center for those looking to dig into their roots.

Affiliate libraries cooperate with FamilySearch International to provide library patrons digital access to restricted historical record image collections that cannot otherwise be made available outside a family history center or an affiliate library. These collections include about 400 million original records in digital formats and include both images and names indexes.

“The library is delighted to bring this service to Ashtabula County and expand access to this content for county and regional residents,” said Adam M. Hazy, marketing coordinator.

Although FamilySearch manages the Family History Library in Salt Lake City, Utah, and more than 5,000 family history centers throughout the world, it recognizes the invaluable need for library affiliates to help more patrons make personal family history connections. 

FamilySearch also provides its library affiliates with the latest tools and tips for genealogy reference librarians.

However, according to the affiliate library agreement, this set of records can only be accessed from the Ashtabula Library, 4335 Park Ave., in the Genealogy/Local History room during regular business hours.

For more information, contact the Library Archives at 440-990-2340 or email ashref@acdl.info.

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