Get the scoop on how this site's books and records—searchable free through many public libraries—can throw your genealogy research into high gear.
If you haven’t used HeritageQuest Online, you’re missing out on one of the largest and most useful online data collections for family historians. It has US censuses from 1790 to 1930, more than 26,000 family and local history books, Revolutionary War pension files, the Periodical Source Index (PERSI) to 2.1 million-plus articles in genealogy and history periodicals, Freedman’s Bank records of former slaves, and petitions to Congress back to 1789.
Best of all, you can access all this for free. Educational data company ProQuest runs HeritageQuest Online as an “institutional” subscription, which means you can access it through a library that pays for the service. If your public or state library subscribes—and more than 2,600 libraries do—HeritageQuest Online won’t cost you a dime. Many libraries even let you log on from your home computer.