Wednesday, July 6, 2016

HeritageQuest Online

In an earlier blog,  I mentioned one of the databases available to CLEVNET (i.e. Medina) library members is HeritageQuest Online.

This database was once a separate entity and a competitor for the ever popular subscription database. A few years ago, Ancestry bought Heritage Quest and now it is under their corporate wing. The biggest advantage of HeritageQuest Online is that it is available from home if you have a valid CLEVNET library card number.

REMINDER: This database is  found on the library's website ( under the "Online Resources" link and the "History and Genealogy" tab.

The current home page for HeritageQuest Online
HeritageQuest has greatly expanded the types of records accessible since its merge with Here are some of the new records:
  • Birth, Baptism, Marriage, Death and Census Records from the U.S., Canada, Europe, Mexico, Central and South America, Caribbean, Africa and Asia
  • Cemetery Indexes for the U.S., Canada, U.K. and Ireland, Australia and New Zealand, Norway, Sweden, Mexico, Germany, Italy, Brazil and Global Burials at Sea
  • Military Records
    • U.S. Revolutionary War Pension and Bounty-Land Warrant Application Files 1800-1900 (NARA M804), 
    • U.S. Records of Confederate Prisoners of War 1861-1865
    • U.S. Remarried Widows Index to Pension Applications 1887-1942
    • Colombia Military Records 1809-1958 
    • Traunstein Bavaria Military Records, 1830-1918
    • Louisiana War of 1812 Pension Lists
    • Netherlands Army Service Records 1807-1929
    • U.S. Naval Enlistment Rendezvous 1855-1891
  • Immigration and Naturalization Records from selected U.S. states, Belgium, Brazil, Germany, Dominican Republic, Indonesia
  • Social Security Death Index (SSDI) 
  • U.S. Public Records Volumes 1-2, contains a compilation of  all 50 U.S. states from 1950-1993
  • Map and Photo Collection with over 600,000 images from the Library of Congress Photo Collection 1840-2000
A draw back to HeritageQuest Online is that it doesn't have a general search box. You must choose your record category before you search.

ProQuest, who provides access to the database for libraries, had a very complete online tutorial for the database online. You can access it here:

The opening page for the ProQuest tutorial on Heritage Quest

Enjoy exploring this database and use the tutorial to maximize your results!

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