Students throughout Johnston County will have free access to the online heritage research tool Ancestry.com thanks to a gift from the company and Riverwood Middle School’s Doug Pawlak.
Pawlak, an eighth-grade social studies teacher, read an article published in the News & Observer on Dec. 3 about Ancestry.com opening its collection of historical documents to schools for students to use in their classrooms.
After reading the article Pawlak contacted Johnston County Schools’ personnel and Ancestry.com to make access to the records available to all Johnston County students. Thanks to their efforts students now have free access from the school network) to Ancestry.com’s “Ancestry Classroom.” Students also have limited free access to Fold3 (historical military records) and Newspapers.com, which features newspapers from across the United States from the 1700s to 2000s.
“We are very grateful for Mr. Pawlak’s efforts,” said JCS Elementary Digital Learning Coordinator Amy Stanley. “These new research tools will be a tremendous resource for our students.”