Online Resources:

  • 16th April 2020

For 14 years we have been providing access to, one of the biggest family history websites, and we’re pleased to say to those missing access that you can now use the website at home. Hot on the heels of Find My Past being made available remotely during this time, Ancestry are also allowing customers to use it at home.

 Ancestry has over 24 billion records from across the world. Some of the most popular resources on there are the civil registration (birth/marriage/death) indexes, England & Wales census, military records, parish registers and will indexes. Since 2006 Worcestershire people have been able to use the Library Edition free in Libraries and Archives in the county, and we have run regular course on getting the most out of it.

With public buildings closed and everyone having to stay indoors most of the time, Ancestry are now allowing our customers to access the website at home. It is now available to those with Worcestershire Library cards via the County Council website.

UPDATE SEPT 2020: Ancestry have announced free home access until the end of December!

Go to the website  and log in using your 8 digit Library card number and 4 digit PIN (usually first 4 digits of your date of birth).

Then go to the Home Page (click on House) and use the link on the right, or else go to

When you click on it it should say Worcestershire in the top right hand corner, and it shouldn’t ask you for any money.


Then search away!

We’d scheduled Ancestry workshops for this spring, which have unfortunately had to be cancelled. However we’ll be running them again, along with other family history workshops, so check back later in the year.

If you’re getting started in researching then download our Research Guide which contains details about lots of different sources, including some which are on the Ancestry website. Go to and download it for free.


Find My Past

Last week we announced that Find My Past were allowing home access for our users. This is done via a user name and password. Email with your library card number and we will send you details.

To avoid it being taken advantage of there are daily and monthly limits on how many records can be accessed.

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