Ancestry Library Edition Resources


How to Get Started

Watch 3 quick narrated tutorial videos. Print out the slides and notes to use to follow along .
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Free Research Tools from

See under Charts and Forms in the Library Ancestry's own words what each tool is used for.

  • Ancestral Chart: An ancestor chart records the ancestors from whom you directly descend - those for whom you intend to compile a complete and correct family unit..
  • Research Calendar: The research calendar gives an account of every record source you have searched and serves as a reminder of what you have already done and where you have found pertinent information.
  • Research Extract: Summarizes information which may be time-consuming or difficult to reread quickly.
  • Correspondence Record: Helps you keep track of those with whom you have corresponded.
  • Family Group Sheet: Enables you to compile complete, correct and connect families.
  • Source Summary: Provides quick reference to information and sources you have found for a particular family.
  • US Census Forms: Allows you to read column headings and record information from the US Census.

Posters from Maine State Library

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Standard posters that cannot be changed because of licensing. Photos have necessary permissions to use. Mulitple versions of some posters. Directions for the fillable PDF poster.[PDF, 40 KB]; [Word 2007, 14 KB]

Post your customized poster all over town! Use the generic posters in your own library!

  • Ancestry1a-fillable: Fillable version - Add your library contact information. [PDF, 365 KB]
  • Ancestry1b: Generic message, no customizing [PDF, 412 KB]
  • Ancestry1c: Write in your library information in available blank space. [PDF, 350 KB]
  • Ancestry2a-fillable: Fillable version - Add library contact information.[PDF, 784 KB]
  • Ancestry2b- Ready to use: Generic message, no customizing [PDF, 766 KB]
  • Ancestry2c: Write in your library information in available blank space.[PDF, 763 KB]
  • Ancestry3 - Generic message, no customizing [PDF, 2.29 MB] - Large file because the whole poster is a photo!

From ProQuest for Promotional Purposes