Ancestry Library Edition from Home!

Did you know? You can access Ancestry Library Edition from home!

Ancestry Library Edition is an online library resource that gives you access to a wide range of unique resources for genealogical and historical research. With billions of historical documents and millions of photos, this resource offers the most comprehensive genealogical information available online. Search through immigration, census, family histories, court records, directories, military records, photos, and more to discover new things about your ancestors.

Ancestry Library Edition platform doesn't have all the bells and whistles that the parent commercial platform has, but it is definitely a fantastic resource and a great introduction to using an Ancestry platform.

So in this blog post I'm going to keep it simple. I'll help get you to the database and then you can take it from there. The best way to become a great researcher is to just dive in, expect trial and error along the way, and know that frustration leads only to expertise. And of course, finding a needle in a haystack is always rewarding. 

Ok, so Ancestry Library Edition is available free to library card holders. Ancestry Library Edition used to only be accessible from inside one of our libraries pre-pandemic, but for now you can access it from home using your library card and pin number (NOTE: pin is usually the last four digits of your phone number). If you're running into issues with your card or PIN# call 303-Library or stop into any one of our locations for assistance.
Let's get you there. 
  • Go to our website,, opens a new window 
  • click on the "Research" tab. That will open a drop down menu. 
  • Click on "Genealogy." Scroll to "Ancestry Library Edition" and click on those words. 
  • Enter your library card number and PIN. 
  • Click on "Submit." 
  • When the Ancestry page opens, click on the "Begin Searching" button. 
  • Type in the name of the person you're looking for and any location and birth year info you might have. This doesn't have to be exact. 
  • Then click "Search." Then, use the filter features on the left.

Expect hits, and many misses as you get started. You absolutely will get the hang of it. 

And don't be afraid to just go back to "Begin Searching" and start all over. 

Finally, check out this video on our Niche Academy page for  a very brief introduction to Ancestry Library Edition. 

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