Archive for March, 2021

Important Information for RBdigital Users

Tuesday, March 23rd, 2021

Due to a change in ownership of the RBdigital Media Company, the unlimited subscription model for lending eAudiobooks and magazines is no longer being offered for library licensing. In addition, the new owners announced the intent to discontinue the RBdigital apps and website in the near future.

Digital eAudiobook access on RBdigital ended March 15, 2021. Digital magazine access will end on March 31, 2021.  

We do not have a replacement for digital magazines at this time, but we are in conversation with a company who may be able to provide a comparable consortial lending model which is what we are losing in RBdigital. Consortial lending models allow us the ability to offer a robust collection of titles at a cost we can afford.

While we do not have a replacement for the digital magazine content, we do have many other options for eAudiobook material. If you are not a user of the CloudLibrary or Hoopla, both have eAudiobook content and we hope you’ll enjoy our these or our other Streaming Services. Please, feel free to contact us via email at [email protected] or call us at 618-452-6238 with any questions.

We regret having to bring you this news as particularly the digital magazines were very popular with our users. We hope to have a solution in the coming months.

 


Ancestry® & HeritageQuest® Library Editions

Tuesday, March 2nd, 2021

Powered by Ancestry® & HeritageQuest® / Distributed by ProQuest

Ancestry® & HeritageQuest® Library Editions, the largest online family history resources available, provide unprecedented access to family history via documents that record the lineage of individuals from the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, Europe, Australia, and more. Distributed exclusively by ProQuest, they bring the world’s most popular consumer online family history resources to your library.  Access to these valuable Premium eResources are only available for free while accessing the internet in the library.

Answers await all users—professional or hobbyist, expert or novice, genealogist or historian—inside the thousands of databases of family information. User-friendly search tools and comprehensive indexing make it easy to start discovering personal histories.

MEET THE FAMILY FIRSTHAND …

… with millions of unique, full-text primary sources and enhanced images, including: 

  • Census records from the U.S., the U.K., Australia,
  • and Germany 
  • Canadian Census (1851-1911)
  • Birth, marriage, and death records for the U.S., 
  • Canada, and the U.K.
  • Canadian Genealogy Index (1600s-1900s)
  • U.S. military records (back to the 1600s)
  • Canadian military collections
  • Drouin Collection of French-Canadian and Quebec historical records (1621-1967)
  • Immigration, emigration, passport, and naturalization records
  • Jewish family history records
  • U.S. and Canadian passenger lists (1865-1935)
  • Directories and members lists from the U.S., Canada, and the U.K.
  • Court, land, tax, and probate records
  • Freedman’s Bank & Trust register of depositors’ signatures (1861-1875) via HeritageQuest®

In addition to collections from the U.S., Canada, and the U.K., Ancestry Library Edition also features major collections from France, Germany, Sweden, Italy, Australia, and China.

SEE HOW THEY LIVED …

… with additional collections that add context and background to individuals’ stories, such as:

  • Biographies and histories, including American Genealogical-Biographical Index (AGBI) and WPA Slave Narratives
  • Collections that bring together diverse materials on communities of people, such as Jewish Family History
  • Photos and maps, ranging from postcards and panoramas to family photos and headstones

RECORD YOUR HISTORY …

… and find others on the same path. Ancestry Library Edition features helpful tools such as charts, summaries, calendars, message boards, and more. Beginners can use the tools and resources in the Learning Center to:

  • Begin their family trees
  • Get the most out of historical records
  • Connect with other researchers
  • Find answers to tough research questions 
  • And more 

More advanced users can share their expertise with others by contributing content to the Ancestry.com Family History Wiki, which you can access through the Help tab. 

Looking for more family history resources visit our Genealogy page. Interested in learning more about history check out some of our other valuable Premium eResources

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