Eastern Shore Public Library

ESPL is now a FamilySearch Affiliate Library!

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Through our new partnership with FamilySearch, researchers can view digital images of record sets that are available only at FamilySearch Affiliate Libraries.  These records used to have to be ordered on microfilm from the Family History Library and viewed at a special Family History Center, but are now conveniently available online at all four of our ESPL library locations: Chincoteague, Accomac, Nassawadox and Cape Charles.

Original records such as deeds, marriages, wills, indentures, free negro registrations and county court orders from the Accomack and Northampton County courthouses are included, but the same wealth of information is available to those searching in other locations as well.   Eastern Shore families with links to the Eastern Shore of Maryland and the western shore of Virginia—and new ESVA residents whose family roots lie elsewhere—will also find many more research opportunities than what is available from home.

FamilySearch requires that every user open a free account to use the site.  If you’ve already been using FamilySearch at home, the same account will work at the library. Digital images can be accessed using the Family History Library Catalog at FamilySearch.org.  To learn more about using the catalog, visit the FamilySearch Wiki page: https://www.familysearch.org/wiki/en/Introduction_to_the_FamilySearch_Catalog.  Any images found in the catalog that include the notation that they must be accessed at a FamilySearch Affiliate Library can be viewed from public computers (or on your laptop!) at any of our four Eastern Shore Public Library locations.

Eastern Shore Public Library is proud to offer this new opportunity to researchers!  Remember, AncestryLibrary is also free at all four library locations.  And no matter where you are, check out our other online digital offerings:

Chincoteague Oral Histories: http://espl.org/genealogy/primary-sources/

Cape Charles Rosenwald School Oral Histories: http://espl.org/genealogy/primary-sources/

Marriage and Death notices from local newspapers: http://espl.org/genealogy/secondary-sources/

Peninsula Enterprise newspaper 1881 – 1922: http://espl.org/genealogy/primary-sources/

Accomack County Court Order Abstracts, Vol. 28, 1777-1780: http://espl.org/genealogy/secondary-sources/

Yearbooks: http://espl.org/genealogy/secondary-sources/

Church Records: http://espl.org/genealogy/secondary-sources/

Countryside Transformed: http://espl.org/genealogy/secondary-sources/

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    P.O. Box 360
    Accomac, VA. 23301
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