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  • Coverage Dates: 1700s to the present
  • Update Frequency: Ongoing
  • Audience: Genealogists, historians

HeritageQuest Online offers a 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. It offers primary sources, local and family histories, and finding aids.

The collection consists of six core data sets:

  • Genealogy and local history books provide more than 7 million digitized page images from over 28,000 family histories, local histories, and other books
  • 1790-1940 U.S. Federal Censuses feature the original images of every extant federal census in the United States - slave, veteran, and non-population schedules and includes every-name indexes for all years
  • Periodical Source Index Archive (PERSI), published by the Allen County Public Library, is recognized as the most comprehensive index of genealogy and local history periodicals. It contains more than 2.3 million records covering titles published around the world from 1800-2009.
  • The Revolutionary War records provides access to the Revolutionary War Pension and Bounty-Land Warrant Application Files (NARA M804), a collection of an estimated 80,000 application files from officers and enlisted men who served in the Revolutionary War in all branches of the American military: army, navy, and marines
  • The Freedman's Bank Records, with more than 480,000 names of bank applicants, their dependents, and heirs from 1865-1874, offers valuable data that can provide important clues to tracing African American ancestors and researching the Reconstruction Era
  • U.S. Congressional 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

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