October is National Family History Month and the James V. Brown Library, 19 E. Fourth St., has tools to help you learn more about your ancestors.

Genealogy in Time Magazine reports that an estimated 1 in 40 people – roughly 8 million Americans — are believed to be actively searching for more information about their ancestors. The digitization of many historical records has made this possible as institutions and libraries put more and more information online.

There are many ways to research your relatives, from searching Google and Google Book Search, joining a local historical or genealogical society, or accessing materials available at your local library.

Visit https://jvbrown.edu/genealogy/ or search under “services” from the home page to access the Brown Library’s Genealogy Research page. There is a research fee of $10 per 30 minutes for any requests made by mail or email. Or, you can stop in and visit the microfilm room to manually search for yourself.

The library’s website also has links to the Lycoming County Genealogy Project, the Lycoming County Digital Photo Archive and the Newspaper Index, where you can search major local newspapers from 1807 to the present. The newspapers are not digitized and may be accessed from inside the library on a microfilm reader.

Other Pennsylvania newspapers, genealogy collections and PA history can be obtained via POWER Library at www.powerlibrary.org and searching “PA Photos and Documents.” This collection also includes scans of some high school and college yearbooks, along with some church and missionary history, too.

The Brown Library is part of a national “Libraries Transform” effort to increase awareness of the changing role of libraries and the ways in which libraries are transforming to meet the information needs of their users. Libraries are community centers of information, technology and learning that will fuel educational and economic opportunity for all of our citizens.

The James V. Brown Library is open from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Friday; noon to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday; and 24/7 at www.jvbrown.edu.