We talked about genealogy research in the first week of the SLP for Library Staff with Ancestry Library Edition (and I promise, there will be a part 2!). This week, we'll explore another genealogical resource, HeritageQuest Online.
- Books & Directories
- Revolutionary War
- Freedman's Bank
- U.S. Serial Set.
The Books & Directories section includes over 40,000 family histories, genealogy books, local histories, and city directories. All of these books are fully digitized and indexed for easy full text searching.
The Revolutionary War section includes the Revolutionary War and Bounty-Land Warrant Application Files from 1800-1900. The collection contains about 80,000 application files - images of the originals! - from men who served in the Revolutionary War. Just for fun, try searching for Benedict Arnold or George Washington.
The Freedman's Bank Records, 1865-1871, is an index to the Freedman's Savings and Trust registers of signatures of depositors. In addition to names, you may also find information like their employer, age, name of parents, place of birth, their occupation, and family members.
The PERSI (Periodical Source Index) Archive is an index of over 2.3 million genealogy and local history articles from genealogical and local history newsletters. This database covers the years 1800-2009. To obtain copies of the articles, patrons will need to go through Interlibrary Loan at their local library.
Lastly, the U.S. Serial Set contains "Memorials, Petitions, and Private Relief Actions of the U.S. Congress." The documents in this collection are from 1789-1969.
As you look at these resources, you'll probably notice that the search screen for PERSI and U.S. Serial Set look different from the others. This is how HeritageQuest Online (HQ) looked in the past. From a brochure that I found on the ProQuest website (the distributor of HQ), there will be a new interface and other enhancements for HQ and that HQ is "powered by Ancestry." I would guess that PERSI and the U.S. Serial Set will be updated to look more like the other resources in the near future.
In addition to the six resources available in HQ Online, you can browse through the Research Aids that cover topics from Getting Started to Military and Immigration research. The Maps section is a guide to the U.S. Federal Censuses. This is pretty neat tool! Click on the state you're interested in to explore how the boundaries changed over time.
Now it's your turn to look at each of these resources a little bit more by taking this short quiz.
What You Need to Know
- The search screens for each resource within HQ are tailored to that resource. There isn't a way to search all the resources at the same time.
- HeritageQuest Online is available to all Wisconsin residents through BadgerLink. If accessing BadgerLink resources outside of your library, you may be asked to log in with your library card.
Visit the ProQuest HeritageQuest LibGuide group to access database information, support materials, videos and more.
View this BadgerLink 25-minute webinar (from 4-16-2015) to learn about the new content and features in HeritageQuest Online.
Register for a webinar or listen to a recorded session on HeritageQuest Online and other ProQuest genealogy databases!
Review HeritageQuest Online Tips: