Ancestry LE

Ancestry from home

Please note: Ancestry in home use will be discontinued on December 31, 2021.

You will still be able to use Ancestry in our Library buildings.

In March 2020 libraries around the world had to close their doors due to the global pandemic. ProQuest and Ancestry made the unprecedented decision to grant public libraries temporary remote access to Ancestry Library Edition (ALE) for those who could provide a secure method of authentication. 

ProQuest and Ancestry happily made this decision to help our customers and their patrons navigate this challenging time. After nearly 2 years of temporary access, and after most libraries reopened their doors, Ancestry has made the difficult decision to end remote access for ALE at the end of 2021. Ancestry cares deeply about libraries and their patrons, but they have agreements with publishers and other business considerations that prevent them from offering remote access permanently. Onsite access remains unchanged. Patrons can access Ancestry Library Edition through desktop computers provided by your library or their own personal laptop, tablet, or mobile phone. 

What is Ancestry Library Edition?

Ancestry LE is a database of genealogical resources for finding vital records, census records, immigration records (birth/death registrations), land and tax records, wills, selected military records, voting lists, etc.. The resource is especially for U.S. and Canadian records, and also includes some European, Australian and New Zealand records.

Ancestry Library Edition contains over 30,000 record collections which span much of the globe and together hold over 11 billion records, some going back to the 1500s.   Ancestry Library Edition contains more records than the free site but slightly less than the full premium site. Please note, the information you will be able to find will vary depending on where and when your ancestors lived. In addition, not all records will be available for each of your ancestors being researched. New content added weekly!


How do I access Ancestry LE?

During the COVID-19 pandemic, ProQuest has graciously made Ancestry LE available for at-home use. 

To access the Ancestry LE database, go to our Virtual Collection page to access our databases. Enter your Library barcode and PIN at the login window and then click on Ancestry Library Edition from the list of available databases. You are now ready to start searching!


Video Tutorials

Five Minutes Finds how-to videos from Ancestry LE on YouTube

Using Ancestry Library Edition how-to video from the Toronto Public Library