Genealogy with ProQuest
Looking for help with family history? The library is pleased to offer ProQuest’s Ancestry.com’s Library Edition and Heritage Quest. Ancestry is only available in house at the library via our public computers or wireless network. Heritage Quest is accessible at home with you 13 digit patron id (if you have a library card that does not begin with 10032, please contact us at 315.655.9322.)
Ancestry.com Library Edition is one of the most important genealogical collections available today. It has unparalleled coverage of the United States and the United Kingdom, including census, vital, church, court, and immigration records, as well as record collections from Canada and other areas.
This collection has more than 4,000 databases and two billion names, and its valuable content is a strong complement to HeritageQuest Online. Its 4,000 databases include key collections such as U.S. Federal Census images and indexes from 1790 to 1930; the Map Center containing more than 1,000 historical maps; American Genealogical Biographical Index (over 200 volumes); Daughters of the American Revolution Lineage (over 150 volumes); The Great Migration Begins: Immigrants to New England, 1620-1630; Social Security Death Index (updated monthly); WWI Draft Registration Cards; Federal Slave Narratives; and a strong Civil War collection. In the coming year, still more indexes and original images will be added to the new Immigration collection.
Ancestry.com Library Edition also offers an online library of periodicals and newspapers. You will also find a link to Ancestry World Tree which allows patrons to keep track of their family tree and to share it with others.
This resource is only available in-house at the Library. Patrons may use library computers or access the site via the library’s wireless network on their own device by clicking on the icon above or http://ancestrylibrary.proquest.com.
Researchers can use HeritageQuest Online to find their ancestors, trace their paths across America, and learn what life was like in the areas where they settled. HeritageQuest Online includes all of the images, and extensive indexing, from the 1790 – 1930 U.S. federal censuses. It offers more than 20,000 book titles, including nearly 8,000 family histories and over 12,000 local histories. Additionally, there are more than 250 primary-source documents such as tax lists, city directories, probate records, and more.
Many other distinctive and invaluable sources of information can be found within HeritageQuest Online. These include Periodical Source Index (PERSI), a widely recognized resource guide, updated annually, that covers more than 6,300 genealogy and history periodicals written in English and French (Canada) since 1800. There are other valuable collections such as the Revolutionary War Pension and Bounty Land Warrant Application Files, which identifies more than 80,000 American military, naval, and marine officers and enlisted men. The Freedman’s Bank Records is a database that documents more than 70,000 bank depositors and their dependants and heirs. The Freedman’s Bank Records is considered one of the most important resources for African-American genealogical research. All of these resources are fully searchable through HeritageQuest Online’s easy-to-use Web interface.
In short HeritageQuest includes:
- US Censuses from 1790-1930.
- Over 20,000 books including 8,000 family histories and 12,000 local histories.
- Other primary source documents such as tax lists, city directories, probate records, and more.
- Periodical Source Index (PERSI), covering more than 6,300 genealogy and history periodicals written in English and French (Canada) since 1800.
- Revolutionary War Pension and Bounty Land Warrant Application Files.
- Freedman’s Bank Records.
These services are made possible by Friends of the Library funding.