By Terry McCormick

Portland Leader

tmccormick@portlandleader.net

After receiving an anonymous donation, Portland Library visitors now have access to view Ancestry.com, a popular website for finding family roots, when they come to the facility.

The donation runs for three years, and allows guests to utilize the Library Edition of Ancestry.com. The Library Edition became available in Portland June 1.

"An anonymous donation was made to our library so we could have Ancestry.com," said Paula Shannon of the Portland Library. "It's very costly and to have somebody donate it for three years is very nice."

The Library Edition has some limitations that a personal account cannot access. Among those are connecting with members, message boards and the "how to" genealogy learning materials. The Library Edition also does not allow for the building and publishing of family history books on "My Canvas," nor does it allow for shopping and other things related items.

However, Library Edition offers searching in the United States as well as other countries.

Individuals who already have a personal account registered can still pull up a separate search window from the Library Edition. So, if a personal account allows U.S. access only, guests can still utilize the Library Edition in one window and email international information found to the personal account.

The website also allows those who may be interested in purchasing a personal Ancestry.com account to test the site out for free before buying the access.

The Portland Public Library is open Tuesdays and Thursdays from 10 a.m.-8 p.m., Wednesdays and Fridays from 10 a.m.-6 p.m. and on Saturdays from 10 a.m.-2 p.m.

For more information on ancestry.com at the library, call 615-325-2279 during business hours.

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