LEE COUNTY, Fla. - You don't have to go very far to go back in time to find out who your ancestors are.
A new service is being offered at the Fort Myers Lee County Library that is helping track down their relatives. Carolyn Ford's journey to find information on her husband's great grandfather began last summer. Now, the two are about to embark on a trip to Ohio in a few months to see where her distant relative lived and died.
"That was just one piece of the puzzle", she said.
Carolyn was able to view a Census report from 1800 and track down a will her relative left behind through the Family History Library in Salt Lake City, Utah. The facility has the largest collection of historical information in the world. Its also granted Lee County access to its records.
For a small fee anyone with a library card can request copies of books, journals and other documents that date back hundreds of years.
"The Mormons have been micro-filming vital records all over the world. Civil registration records, probate records and all types of genealogical records for decades", added Bryan Mulcahy a genealogist who helps coordinate searches at the library.
Copies of the documents come in microfilms that you can only view at the Fort Myers Lee County Library located near Downtown and it costs $5.50 per roll of film.