Thursday, 29 October 2009

Online Research - Free Access to Ancestry.Com and More

Did you know that there are several online subscripitions accessible free from home and library computers, through the Norfolk Online Reference Library? The full list of subscripions available can be seen on

For local and family history the highlight is free access to through computers in Watton or other Norfolk Libraries. It is a genealogy research tool, which gives instant access to a wide range of resources for genealogical and historical research. With more than 7 billion names in over 4,000 databases, ALE includes records from the U.S, Europe, Canada, Australia and the UK and Ireland. It includes UK Census Records from 1841-1901, Military Records, Court, Land, and Probate Records, UK Civil Registration Index (1837 – Present), Directories, Passenger lists, and lots more!

There are several other subscriptions you can also search from your home computer, buy typing in the number next to the barcode on library card, such as:
19th Century British Library Newspapers contains full runs of 48 mainly regional, but some national newspapers…e.g. Birmingham Daily Post, Ipswich Journal, Manchester Times, Liverpool Mercury. Covers England, Ireland, Scotland and Wales. Access the database from home by typing in your library card number when asked.

Oxford Dictionary of National Biography - An illustrated collection of 56,000 specially written biographies of the men and women who shaped all aspects of Britain's past, from the fourth century BC to the year 2004. The dictionary does not include any living people. Follow this link to access this database from home by typing in your library card number when asked. Please enter NOR before the number when prompted (with no spaces)

Times Digital Archive (1785-1985) - The complete digital edition of The Times (London). Use keyword searching and hit-term highlighting to retrieve full facsimile images of either a specific article or a complete page. Access the database from home by typing in your borrower number when asked.
Who’s Who – directory of UK and worldwide noteworthy ad influential people from all walks of life. Plus “Who was Who”, dating back to 1898. Follow this link to access the database from home. When prompted, please type NOR before your library card number (with no spaces)

Oxford Reference Online – fast access to information on every subject …from Art to Zoology using over 175 different reference works in one database. Follow this link to access this database from home.
Please enter NOR before your number when prompted (with no spaces)

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