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Ancestry Library

Ancestry Library Edition is provided free of charge through a partnership with Libraries SA. It is powered by and holds billions of records, including census data, directories and photographs.

You must be logged in to one of the library’s public access computers at either the Freeling or Kapunda branches.

Ancestry Library Edition includes genealogy records from North America, the United Kingdom, Europe and Australia, as well as other resources. New content is added on a regular basis.

Popular collections

United States of America

  • hundreds of millions of names
  • federal and U.S. censuses
  • birth, death, and marriage records
  • Social Security Death Index
  • U.S. border crossing and trans-ocean ship records.


  • nearly 60 million records
  • Census of Canada
  • key vital records including the Drouin Collection (1621-1967)
    • nearly 30 million baptism, marriage, and burial records from Quebec

United Kingdom

  • censuses for England, Wales, Isle of Man, Channel Islands, and Scotland
  • nearly 200 million records
  • Births and Baptisms (1834-1906)
  • Marriage Licenses (1521-1869)
  • Deaths and Burials (1834-1934)
  • Poor Law Records (1840-1938) in London

Other international collections

  • more than 46 million records from German censuses
    • vital records
    • emigration indexes
    • ship lists, phone directories, and more
  • Chinese surnames in the large and growing Jiapu Collection of Chinese lineage books
  • Jewish family history records from Eastern Europe and Russia

Military collections

  • over 150 million records
    • includes records from the colonial to the Vietnam era

Multimedia collections

  • millions of files
    • family photos
    • gravestone photos
    • postcards
    • newsreels
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