Ancestry Library Edition

Ancestry Library Edition is available in East Renfrewshire libraries

Soldiers from Barrhead, World War 1

East Renfrewshire Heritage Service offers customers free access to the library edition of Ancestry.

Ancestry is a family history website which contains hundreds of thousands of records and indexes from all around the world, including census data, military records, wills, passenger lists, personal stories and much more.  There are resources from the UK, Ireland, Canada, the USA, Australia and beyond, as well as useful reference materials such as trade directories and gazetteers. New content is being added all the time.

We recommend that you use Ancestry in tandem with other family history resources, such as the ScotlandsPeople website, or the resources available at Giffnock Heritage Centre. Ancestry won't replace these sources, but it can greatly enhance your research by providing access to materials that would otherwise be hard to track down. It can also make your searching more economical, by, for example, helping you to identify a census record in Ancestry first, which you can then look up directly in ScotlandsPeople.

How do I access Ancestry?

Library members can use Ancestry for free from any PC in East Renfrewshire community libraries or on a mobile device in those libraries that are wireless enabled. Please note, there is no access to our subscription outwith our libraries.

You'll need your library card and PIN to log into a library computer or the wireless network, but you don't need a further log in for Ancestry. To begin your search, simply go the website for Ancestry Library Edition. There is a link to this in our External Websites area at the bottom of this page.

What if I need some help?

If you're familiar with Ancestry already, or are happy to explore it yourself, you can start using it right away - Heritage Service staff will be happy to help with any particular queries you might have. Guides on how to start searching are available from library staff, and there is a comprehensive help section available on the Ancestry site itself.

If you could use a bit more assistance, we run a programme of informal sessions to introduce you to Ancestry and ScotlandsPeople. Come and master the basics in a relaxed and friendly atmosphere. For details of upcoming classes visit the relevant page in the left hand menu or go to the related pages area at the bottom of this article.


We are really keen to hear what you think about Ancestry Library edition - please contact us with your comments.