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HeritageQuest Online genealogy researchDiscover the amazing history of you with HeritageQuest Online. Contains essential genealogical and historical sources—with coverage dating back to the 1700s—that can help you find your ancestors and discover a place’s past.

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It's Tax Time Again Print Email

calculator and formsThe Internal Revenue Service is only providing a few basic pre-printed forms to libraries, but taxpayers still have access to online forms, free computers, WiFi, printing, copying, and AARP Tax Help at your library.

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Ancestry @ Your Library Print Email

If you are delving into family records, there is a good chance that you will find yourself using that in-depth and amazing genealogical resource:  Ancestry Library Edition.  

Save yourself the subscription fee!  Ancestry is now available at every WCLS branch. All you need to do to access it is to be on a library computer or using library wifi.  

You can email documents you discover to your home email, or save them to a thumb drive to browse at your leisure.  So put your coffee in a travel mug, get your family history loving self to one of our branches, and find that obituary, census record or birth certificate that’s the missing link in your family story.  

Please share any great discoveries or frustrations with library staff-we are here to celebrate your family research, and of course to help when you get stuck.  

Here are some tutorials to help you get started.

 
WCLS Apps that Get You Stuff Print Email

All you’ll need is your library card to get started with these…

Freegal Music

Access a collection of almost 7 million songs.

Google Play Store

Itunes

Overdrive/Washington State Anytime Library

One of the ways you access ebooks and audiobooks.  Our ebooks can be read with other apps (like Kindle) as well.

Google Play Store

Itunes

Washington State Library Now

Quick access to your account, ebooks, catalog and a librarian to chat with 24/7.  This app is how I place most my requests.  If it's midnight and you need help downloading a book check with the online librarian, they are great!

Google Play Store

Itunes

Zinio

E-magazine subscriptions!   Before you download this app, you need to set up two accounts to get the full benefit of being a library member.  Take a look at this FAQ to get you started!

Google Play Store

Itunes

 


 
Pinterest Page for Local History Buffs Print Email

Washington State Library is making local history irresistible.  The History of Northwest Washington Collection pinterest page is a wonderful mix of digitized history.  Items of interest from Whatcom County include  a slideshow on historic Everson, the complete memoir of Phoebe Goodell Judson (Nooksack Valley pioneer) and a list of vocabulary from the Lummi Nation published in 1863!


Washington State Library has many boards related to Washington State History including Cartoons of Washington Past, and Early Washington Fashions.

 
Toxicology Research Print Email

The National Library of Medicine's TOXNET (TOXicology Data NETwork) resource--http://toxnet.nlm.nih.gov-- is a group of databases covering chemicals and drugs, diseases and the environment, enviornmnetla health, occupational safety and health, poisoning, risk assessment and regulations, and toxicology.  Recently TOXNET interface was updated and features:

  • Improved appearance
  • Intuitive interactive capabilities
  • Improved multi-database search
  • Easy selection of item to save in "My List"
  • More accessible menus and pull-downs
  • Type-ahead Browse
  • Hover over Help
 
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