Ames Free Library

"Where the Community Connects"

The Ames Free Library will be closed on Monday, July 4 in observance of Independence Day.

Genealogy and Biography

In-Library use only.  Access Census records, immigration lists, vital statistics and military records. For an introduction and tutorial about Ancestry, visit our Tutorials page.
Biography (Gale in Context ) offers authoritative reference content alongside magazine and journal articles, primary sources, videos, audio podcasts, and images. Covering a vast array of people from historically significant figures to present-day newsmakers, it’s continuously updated to ensure that students have access to the very latest information.
Powered by Ancestry®  provides access to more than 4.4 billion records. It delivers an essential collection of genealogical and historical sources—with coverage dating back to the 1700s—that can help people find their ancestors and discover a place’s past.
World History (Gale in Context) is an engaging online experience for those seeking contextual information on hundreds of the most significant people, events and topics in World History. World History merges Gale's authoritative reference content with full-text magazines, academic journals, news articles, primary source documents, images, videos, audio files and links to vetted websites organized into a user-friendly portal experience.