Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Find Your Ancestors!

Find your ancestors — at the Byron G Merrill Library!

How much do you know about your family history? Is your family new to New Hampshire, or have you been here for decades—or even for centuries? Where did they come from originally? When and where were they born? What did they do for a living?

Now you can find out.

Through a program initiated by the New Hampshire State Library, public libraries throughout the state, including the Byron G Merrill Library, now have access to’s Library Edition, which includes more than 7,000 databases that deliver billions of records using censuses, vital records, immigration records, family histories, military records, court and legal documents, directories, maps and more.’s Library Edition is available only at participating libraries; you cannot log in from home. Patrons with laptops can access the information on site at libraries with wireless internet access.

The service is easy to use: to get started, all you need is a name.’s Library Edition then searches its databases to find everyone with that name, or even names that are similar. The more information you have—country, state, year of birth, etc.—the more Ancestry can filter its databases to help you narrow down your search.

You can learn not only about people’s birth, marriage and death dates, but also their jobs, how long they went to school, who lived with them and other interesting facts. You can even view enlistment records and, in some cases, find the streets they lived on or learn their phone numbers.

New content is always being added, so you can keep coming back to discover more about your ancestors—or even others.

Saturday, January 8, 2011

We are very pleased to offer the Mango Language System here at our library. Mango is an internet based program that you can use at home for learning foreign languages. Through membership in our local cooperative we are able to offer six languages to our patrons at no charge - French, Spanish, Italian, German, Japanese and Mandarin Chinese. The comments from users have all been positive and we have been told the service is similar to the popular, but expensive, Rosetta Stone system. We have never been able to keep up with the demand for foreign languages so we're hopeful this service suits the many requests we receive from our community. Mango will be helpful for the traveler, the high school student needing extra support for the language they are studying or the independent-learner who forgot all the high school Spanish they thought they knew. A Rumney Public Library card and a password are required to use Mango. You are welcome to stop by and we will help you get started. Bonjour!