HeritageQuest Online at http://www.heritagequestonline.com is one of the most valuable services available today for anyone researching ancestry in the United States. The company is best known for its collection of the U.S. Federal Census records from 1790 through 1930.
HeritageQuest Online contains:
- U.S. Federal Census records from 1790 through 1930. (No index for 1830, 1840, 1850, nor 1880 census; for the 1930 census, only five states are indexed: Connecticut, Delaware, Maryland, Texas, and Virginia.) The online collection includes new indexes created by HeritageQuest. In addition to the ability to search by name, the census records can be searched by place of birth, age, ethnicity, and other variables.
- More than 25,000 fully searchable family and local history books. If anyone has ever published a book about your family name or a book about the history of your town or county, there is an excellent chance that you can search that book on HeritageQuest Online. There are numerous other "non-history" books available that also have genealogy value, such as town and city directories, government reports made years ago, biographies, lectures, and much more.
- Selected Revolutionary War Pension and Bounty Land Warrant Application Files, again fully searchable with high-quality scanned images of the original applications available online.
- Signatures of and personal identification data about depositors in 29 branch offices of the Freedman's Savings and Trust Company, 1865-74.
- PERSI (the PERiodical Source Index - a comprehensive subject index covering more than 6,500 genealogy and local history periodicals written in English and French since 1800).
Best of all, you can view the original records and book pages as high-quality images and even print individual pages on your local printer.
HeritageQuest Online does not sell subscriptions to individuals. You cannot go online, fill out a form, submit a credit card number, and then gain immediate access to these databases. Instead, the parent company, ProQuest, sells only to public libraries.
While it is impossible for a single individual to subscribe to HeritageQuest Online, you can obtain low-cost access, possibly even free access, to this genealogy treasure via other means.
The first and most obvious method of accessing HeritageQuest Online is to visit a subscribing library. Many libraries also offer remote access to their various electronic offerings, including HeritageQuest Online. "Remote access" is a process in which you can stay at home or at school or at any other location of your choice, use a computer with an Internet connection, and connect to the library's web site. Once logged in and verified, you can access remote databases that the library offers. In effect, the library's web site works as a "gateway." It verifies you as a library patron and tells HeritageQuest Online that you are a patron of that library. You can then access exactly the same screens of information from home that you would see if you were seated in the library. You can also print the same screens of information to your own local printer.
Remote In-home Access
The following is a list of some libraries that offer in-home access to HeritageQuest Online. Most of the libraries offer FREE access. If you know of an exception, please update the following list. If you know of more libraries that offer in-home remote access to HeritageQuest Online, please add them to this list.
NOTE: This web page became too big and unwieldy. It was difficult to edit. Therefore, the page has been divided into several smaller pages. The following pages list all the libraries known to have HeritageQuest Online remote access in the states of:
States S to Z: South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Vermont, Virginia, Washington, West Virginia, Wisconsin, and Wyoming.
For more information about HeritageQuest Online, go to http://www.heritagequestonline.com