I noticed that when I talk about libraries with friends and family members, they often say, "I didn't know libraries offered that!" I thought it would be fun to think up 100 reasons for people to use their local library. Some things I mention may be obvious to those of you you routinely use your public library, but others may be new to you. Either way I hope that this feature inspires you to visit and support your local library!
18. Research your family history.
If your library has subscriptions to databases such as Ancestry.com and Heritage Quest, you can use these resources to get started with researching your family history. In these databases, you'll find historical maps, the Social Security death index, free chat forums, U.S. Federal Census records, family and local history books/periodicals, and much more.
Some libraries have a designated Genealogy Librarian, while others do not. Either way, a librarian should be able help you to organize your research and point you in the right direction toward more sources of information.
Have you ever used library resources to research your family history?