Whether someone is picking up the hobby or continuing research into their family history, an upcoming class should help amateur genealogists navigate the new historical resources available within the Southern Oklahoma Library System.


In November, the library announced genealogical databases from Ancestry, Fold3, and HeritageQuest Online are available to SOLS library card holders. Pam Bean, a reference librarian at the Champion Public Library in Ardmore, said patrons can only access the databases from library computers. “We are excited to offer these wonderful genealogy research tools to our card holders,” she said in November.


While the databases have been available to library patrons for over a month, staff at Champion Public Library in Ardmore only recently received training to help people effectively use the data. They will relay their new knowledge during a tutorial course next month to a limited number of guests. According to a statement, the course is limited to eight students.


A review of the recently available genealogy resources included digitized copies of census records, military service records, and draft cards. According to Ancestry.com, billions of documents and millions of photos are available to users of its library edition services. Similar resources are offered through the Ardmore Public Library, but the addition of the databases to SOLS branches now extends genealogical research to libraries across three counties.


The Ancestry tutorial course will be held at the Champion Public Library on Jan. 16, 2020, at 5:30 p.m. Seats in the class must be reserved by calling (580) 223-3164.