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Essential collection of genealogical & historical sources
U.S. Federal Censuses, books, bank records, and more
Unique primary sources, local & family histories

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HeritageQuest® Online is a comprehensive treasury of American genealogical sources—rich in unique primary sources, local and family histories, convenient research guides, interactive census maps, and more.

Discover the amazing history of you with HeritageQuest Online. It delivers an essential collection of genealogical and historical sources—with coverage dating back to the 1700s—that can help people find their ancestors and discover a place’s past.

Now powered by Ancestry, this amazing collection consists of the following core data sets:

  • U.S. Federal Censuses feature the original images of every extant federal census in the United States, from 1790 through 1940, with every-name indexes for all years.
  • Genealogy and local history books and directories deliver more than 40,000 family histories, local histories, city directories, and other books.
  • Revolutionary War records contains original images from pension and bounty land warrant application files help to identify more than 80,000 American Army, Navy, and Marine officers and enlisted men from the Revolutionary War era.
  • Freedman’s Bank Records, with more than 480,000 names of bank applicants, their dependents, and heirs from 1865–1874, and full-page register views, it offers valuable data that can provide important clues to tracing African American ancestors prior to and immediately after the U.S. Civil War. It is considered one of the most important resources for African-American genealogical research.
  • U.S. Serial Set records the memorials, petitions, private relief actions made to the U.S. Congress back to 1789, with a total of more than 480,000 pages of information.
  • Periodical Source Index (PERSI) Archive (1800-2009), published by the Allen County Public Library.
    Note: this dataset is no longer available in HeritageQuest as of November 7, 2016. More information.

With a robust search interface, thumbnail images, hit highlighting, easy-to-use tools, and convenient in-library or remote access through the library portal, it’s easy to see why HeritageQuest continues to be one of the most recommended resources by family history publications and genealogists.

The clues are out there waiting. Let HeritageQuest Online help you to find them.

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Contact your ProQuest Account Representative to learn more about this product and others that directly support genealogical, local, and family history research including:

  • Ancestry® Library Edition featuring over 200 billion images in more than 8,000 unique databases via a library edition of the popular website
  • Fold3 Library Edition, powered by Ancestry, offers a premier collection of nearly 500 million military records from the U.S. and around the world
  • ProQuest® African American Heritage focusing exclusively on resources devoted to African American family history research
  • Historic Map Works™ Library Edition providing the largest digital collection of historic maps with over 1.5 million maps
  • ProQuest Sanborn Maps Geo Edition (1867-1970) providing digital access to thousands of large-scale maps of American towns and cities, searchable by address and GPS coordinates.
  • Digital Sanborn® Maps details over 100 years of urban growth in America with more than 660,000 property and land-use records
  • ProQuest® Historical Newspapers delivers a definitive digital archive of significant regional, national, and international newspapers
  • ProQuest® Black Historical Newspapers delivers a definitive digital archive of leading historical African-American newspapers in the 20th Century.
  • ProQuest® American Jewish Newspapers features four key American Jewish newspapers that enable researchers to investigate Jewish immigration, genealogy, history and so much more.
  • Library Edition delivers an extensive online database of 3,000+ historical newspapers. Dating from the early 1700s into the mid 2000s
  • NewspaperARCHIVE Library Edition provides searchable access to more than 300 hundred years of local historical newspapers dating back to the 17th century. The full collection of NewspaperARCHIVE Library Edition contains more than 130 million digitized pages of content from over 6,000 newspapers throughout North America, the UK, and other select countries worldwide.

  • Content Type: Blogs Podcasts and Websites, Books, Encyclopedias and Reference Works, Government and Official Publications, Magazines, Maps, Newspapers, Other Sources, Scholarly Journals, Trade Journals, Wire Feeds, Video and Audio
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