The UW Libraries subscribes to the academic version of Ancestry.com. The database is a major source for genealogical records including census, military, immigration, marriage, birth and other material. It also includes a growing number of articles and images related to family history such as yearbooks and biographical dictionaries. The academic version of Ancestry.com does not include some portions of the personal subscription version such as the ability to create a family tree.
The database is primarily searched by name as users seek to find information about their ancestors. The latest census information dates from 1940. Information collected by census takers includes names, ages, and relationships of all people in the household, country of origin, native language, information about home ownership, and other information varying by year.