The Sweetwater County Library System provides many subscriptions to an array of databases for your use. Be sure to check out our website at http://www.sweetwaterlibraries.com/.
One of my personal favorite databases is Heritage Quest. I use this site for work as well as personal use. The best feature is that this site can be accessed from home with the use of your library card and PIN number. If you have never used this wonderful took, take a bit of time and check in out. I have no doubt you will love it as much as I do.
What is HeritageQuest Online?
ProQuest Information and Learning’s HeritageQuest Online provides libraries with a unique, growing collection of research materials for tracing family history and American culture. Beginning or professional genealogists can now use this powerful online library, with original page images for all documents, from the convenience of their home or at the library. Indexes and original page images mean no additional trips, inter-library loan requests or work by researchers or staff.
HeritageQuest Online is the marriage of ProQuest’s Genealogy & Local History Online, a collection of over 22,000 family and local histories, and content from HeritageQuest®, the largest genealogical data, products, supplies and equipment provider to consumers and institutions in the United States. In August 2001, ProQuest acquired HeritageQuest. Founded in 1983, HeritageQuest has been in business for over 20 years and brings a wealth of genealogy data to ProQuest.
HeritageQuest Online is designed specifically for patrons in public libraries who are either just beginning their family research or who after years of work are still uncovering their past. With over 22,000 books currently available, the entire U.S. Federal Census, PERSI™, Freedman’s Bank Records, Revolutionary War Pension Records, and other expanding collections, HeritageQuest Online gives any library the opportunity to tap into one of the largest collections of genealogy material in the country.
HeritageQuest Online includes the following content:
- ProQuest’s Genealogy & Local History Collection of 22,000+ family and local history books, every word searchable. Every page of each book is presented and can be easily downloaded or copied. Few genealogical collections in the country have this many titles. Now even the smallest library can instantly begin to offer the information power of a large research library.
These titles have been digitized from ProQuest’s microfiche collection, Genealogy & Local History, which assembles genealogies, local histories and primary source materials from all 50 states and Canada. Titles were obtained from libraries nationwide including the American Antiquarian Society, the California State Library – Sutro, Detroit Public Library, The Newberry Library, The New York Public Library, the University of Illinois at Urbana, the Harvard University Widener Library, and others.
- U.S. Federal Census, 1790-1930. The page images for the entire census, 1790-1930, are included in HeritageQuest Online. Many corresponding name indexes are also available. These are completely new indexes created by ProQuest. In addition to the ability to search by name, our census records can be searched by place of birth, age, ethnicity and other variables making this the most versatile census searching available online. Researchers can quickly see all African-Americans or all persons born in Ireland living in a state or county.
- PERSI™ – The PERiodical Source Index is a comprehensive subject index covering more than 6,600 genealogy and local history periodicals written in English and French (Canada) since 1800. PERSI™ provides the researcher the ability to search on surnames, locations, and methodologies as well as the ability to browse the journals by title and keyword. There are more than 2 million article citations currently available, with updates occurring annually. PERSI™ is produced in cooperation with the Allen County Public Library Foundation. For more information, read About PERSI.
- Freedman’s Bank Records. At the close of the Civil War, the Freedman’s Savings & Trust Company was the primary bank for America’s freed slaves and others from 1865-1874. This HeritageQuest collection documents more than 105,000 bank depositors and over 480,000 of their dependants and heirs. It is considered one of the most important resources for African-American genealogical research.
- Revolutionary War Pension and Bounty Land Warrant Application Files. This HeritageQuest collection details records of 80,000+ individuals who served in the Revolutionary War and contains both genealogical and historical information. Each veteran’s file usually contains six or more pages on each veteran and normally includes the veteran’s former rank, unit, and period of service, age or date of birth, residence, and sometimes-genealogical information on other family members.
- U.S. Serial Set. This collection offers a fascinating glimpse into the people and places on whose behalf Congressional action was sought during the period 1789-1969. Consisting of documents and reports prepared for the U.S. Congress, it includes Private Relief Actions, Memorials, and Petitions. The subject matter covered by this collection includes: pensions, military and naval matters, claims of election fraud, public works projects, immigration and naturalization, land grants, taxation, and many types of monetary claims made by individuals and businesses. The U.S. Serial Set is produced in cooperation with and licensed by LexisNexis Academic & Library Solutions, a division of Reed Elsevier Inc.
- And more… HeritageQuest Online will continue to grow with material from ProQuest’s and HeritageQuest’s vaults. Working with an advisory board of genealogical librarians and professional genealogists, we are constantly considering new content.
HeritageQuest Online makes searching easy. Users can search across the ASCII text as well as indexed names and subjects to find information on ancestors and local areas. Each record is linked to the corresponding page images and is downloadable in Adobe® PDF format. HeritageQuest Online also makes it easy to save, retrieve and take notes on your research through the Search History and Notebook features.
Within HeritageQuest Online you can: