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Library adds three online services


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October 11, 2012
The Grosse Pointe Public Library added Ancestry.com, Freegal and World Book online to its databases. According to James Moffet, the library's a s s i s t a n t d i r e c t o r, Ancestry.com is a great data base having everything from census to passenger manifests for those engaged in genealogy research. "Anyone can do any research," he said, "and you don't have to pay someone." Additionally, site users can view the actual document pages and use ancestry.com when the library is closed. "Now everything is on the Internet. You can do this on line and you don't have to make a special trip (to the library)," he said. Other information available at this site are marriage records, the Social Security Death Index, immigration r e c o r d s , m i l i t a r y records dating back to the colonial era, border crossing information, ship crossings, newsreels, family photos, maps and legal documents. Also included are materials relating to Canada, the United Kingdom, Germany and Australia. The collection makes available information from more than 7,000 different databases. From Freegal, patrons can download three songs per week at no cost. "There are thousands of artists," Moffet said. Whereas CDs are becoming outmoded and can go missing, using Freegal, music can be kept forever, he said. "There are millions of songs so you can have a balanced collection," Moffet noted. World Book online gives patrons remote access to encyclopedic works 24 hours a day. And, according to Moffet, there are instant updates. "That's the beauty of online," he said. The library also carries the hard copy of the encyclopedia and is still buying CDs to add to its collection. The World Book's onl i n e v e r s i o n a l s o includes a children's section and Spanish component. The library was able to obtain these programs because of the good prices offered, Moffet said.

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