Library adds Fold3 and for researchers

The Chemung County Library District is pleased to announce that we have added the Fold3 and Library Edition databases to our online offerings for the next year beginning December 2021. These are available to anyone with a CCLD library card who accesses the databases through the link found on our website.

This comes at a perfect time, as we have greatly enjoyed ancestry library edition from home which was graciously offered to public libraries during the COVID pandemic. Beginning in January 2022, however, ancestry library edition is reverting back to its previous guidelines for use, which means it must be accessed from a library computer. We hope these two new databases soften the blow and fill the gap for all of our researchers in 2022.

People can access these from home using their CCLD library card. Just like Heritage Quest, users need to go through our link on our website and enter your CCLD library card number to get in.

Both databases have a “sign-in” option in the top right-hand corner. This is an optional feature for people to create their own personal account as a way to store clippings and saved documents. But one does do not need to create a personal log-in to work the databases.

There are a few ways to access the links from the CCLD homepage.

The first is through the genealogy links page located here:

The other way is through our databases tab. They are located under the header “Genealogy.” is also located under “Newspapers.” Here is that link:

Here is a little bit about each new database from their About page.


“Fold3® provides convenient access to military records, including the stories, photos, and personal documents of the men and women who served.

The records at Fold3 help you discover and share stories about these everyday heroes, forgotten soldiers, and the families that supported them. On Fold3, you can combine records found on the site with what you have in your own albums and shoeboxes to create an online memorial for someone who served.

The Fold3 name comes from a traditional flag folding ceremony in which the third fold is made in honor and remembrance of veterans who served in defense of their country and to maintain peace throughout the world.”

“ Library Edition is an extensive online database of 3,000+ historical newspapers from the early 1700s into the early 2000s. It contains a diverse blend of well-known regional and local newspapers in the U.S. and other countries.

Please note that the content in the Library Edition of this resource may differ from the personal subscription edition.”

—Unfortunately, the Library Edition does not offer access to the Elmira Star Gazette. But this title is available on microfilm at the Steele Memorial Library. If you are not able to come into the library, please contact the Genealogy Department or call the Steele Memorial Library for help. Distance research fees for Genealogy Research are waived during the COVID pandemic.

Please contact the Genealogy Department at the Steele Memorial Library with any questions, comments, or concerns you may have.