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BCGS is now a FamilySearch affiliate library

PRINCETON — The Bureau County Genealogical Society is reminding the public that it is a FamilySearch affiliate library.

The designation means library patrons will have greater and more convenient access to the wealth of genealogical resources available through FamilySearch.

FamilySearch is the world’s largest repository of free genealogical records and manages the famous Family History Library in Salt Lake City, Utah. It has amassed billions of birth, marriage, death, census, land, and court records of genealogical significance from more than 130 countries.

FamilySearch is extending access to its collections by circulating microfilms of the historic records through select public libraries. The Bureau County Genealogical Society is now one of those libraries. It is a priceless resource for local residents interested in discovering their family trees.

Since only a small portion (less than 5 percent) of the world’s genealogical records are online, researchers can easily access FamilySearch’s extensive collection by traveling no farther than the BCGS Library at 629 S. Main St. in Princeton.

There is a nominal fee payable to FamilySearch to cover rental and mailing when ordering a microfilm. Patrons can search the Family History Library Catalog online at http://www.FamilySearch.org to see what records are available. Orders must be placed from home using a credit card. Once the film arrives at BCGS, patrons will use the microfilm readers there to view it. Assistance will be available from the library’s staff.

For more information, call the Bureau County Genealogical Society at 815-879-3133 or 815-303-7386, or email questions to bureaucounty@gmail.com.

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