Swem Library's Ancestry.com Subscription

A genealogy chart from a notebook (circa 1900-1914) compiled by Wilson Miles Cary, the grandnephew of Thomas Jefferson. (Courtesy College of William and / / June 24, 2014)

WILLIAMSBURG -- In a city already devoted to history, learning about one's ancestors just got a little easier.

The College of William and Mary's Swem Library on Monday announced it has expanded its genealogy resources by adding a subscription to Ancestry.com, a web resource for historical documents, photos, narratives, oral histories, indexes and other resources dating from the 1500s to the 2000s.

According to the college's announcement, more than 400 visitors each year come to Swem Library for its genealogical resources. Don Welsh, head of research at Swem Library, said the school is excited to add Ancestry.com to its offerings.

"Genealogical information has become increasingly important for researchers in history, American studies, and other fields," Welsh said in a statement. "This new resource will not only benefit our students and faculty members, but community patrons who visit Swem to access our genealogical resources."

William and Mary students, faculty and staff can use Ancestry.com both on and off campus by using their William & Mary user ID information. Community members can access the resource by visiting Swem Library.

Sampson can be reached at 757-345-2345.