Ancestry Library Edition Available to Libraries, Schools and Other Institutions to: US, Canada, UK, Australia, New Zealand, Denmark, Ireland and Norway #announcements

Jan Meisels Allen


Ancestry announced, in partnership with ProQuest, they are making their Ancestry Library Edition available during the pandemic.  The Ancestry Library Edition is available in the U.S., the U.K., Australia, Canada, New Zealand, Denmark, Ireland and Norway.

It is available for a free six-month subscription for teachers, parents and tutors in time for the school year.


Beginning August 20 up to 10,000 teachers can verify their credentials on to school through September 30 at:    Note:  this is for K-12 teaching educators only.


It’s simple to unlock your free 6-month Ancestry World Explorer subscription.


  • Verify K-12 teaching credentials through SheerID
  • Receive an email with unique code and link to redeem
  • Enter code at check out (credit card required but not charged)
  • Subscription will not auto-renew at the end of 6 months


*Please note, educators cannot create family trees for students. Offer is for new subscribers only.


Beyond teachers, remote access to Ancestry Library Edition may be available as a genealogy research tool for parents, tutors and educators. For library patrons of over 2,100 libraries that subscribe to Ancestry Library Edition, the offering will provide instant free access to a wide range of resources for genealogical and historical research. Distributed exclusively by ProQuest and powered by, the program grants card holders access to billions of records in census data, historical photos, plus local narratives, oral histories, indexes and other resources in over 30,000 databases that span from the 1500s to the 2000s. To access this database, contact your local library to ask if they participate and for more details.


In addition to the wide availability of resources obtained through Ancestry Library Edition, parents and educators also have access to an intuitive search interface, detailed search indexes, and helpful Learning Center tools, making Ancestry Library Edition an indispensable resource for education this school year. This program will be available through the end of September.

To read more see:   and


I have no affiliation with Ancestry and am sharing this solely for the readers’ information.


Jan Meisels Allen

Chairperson, IAJGS Public Records Access Monitoring Committee


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