Heritage Quest Genealogy Database How to search and print your results
Introduction to Heritage Quest
HeritageQuest allows you to
find ancestors from U.S. Federal Census Images from 1790-1930, Search over 20,000 family and local history books and over 1.6 million articles. Find genealogy records in the Revolutionary War Era Pension and Bounty Land warrant application files and Freedman’s Bank records which were founded to serve African Americans from 1865-1874.
Getting on Heritage Quest
Two Ways to Get On:
First Way at the Oradell Library:
Come to the Library
Click on the Heritage Quest Icon on any of the public Internet computers
(see picture to the top right)
Second Way from Home:
Bring up Internet Explorer
In the address bar at the top of the screen, type: oradell.bccls.org
Scroll down to the bottom of the page.
Click on blue link called HeritageQuest
(see picture to the left middle an arrow is pointing)
5. Enter your library card number without spaces (see picture to the left bottom)
6. Click connect
Searching the Census Records
Click on Search Census
(circled on picture to the right)
Click in the white box to the right of the Surname to put your cursor in it (cursor looks like a vertical blinking line)
Type your ancestor’s last name.
Click in the box to the right of Given Name
Type your ancestor’s first name
Census years were only taken every ten years, so you must pick the year that you know your ancestor was living. For example: my great-great grandfather was born in 1907 and died in 1958, so I picked 1920 because he would have been 8 years old, and their should be some record of his living in Arkansas at that time.
Click the down arrow to the right ALL. Click on the state you know your ancestor lived in at the time of the census off the menu.
For the State: If you don’t know the state, leave it as ALL.
8. Click Search
Looking at Census Search Results
Census Search Results
You may have to go through several searches before you find your relative. If you know any other spellings of your ancestor’s name, try those too. For example: If your ancestor’s last name was Fisher, you may want to try to spell it like Fischer.
You will have a list of names that match your criteria. For the 1920 census there are 6 people who have the name of William Winn who lived in Arkansas in the year of 1920.
Each person lived in a different county, as you can see there are Benton, Craighead, Jefferson, Lafayette, Miller and Washington.
My great-great grandfather lived in Washington County, so I clicked on the word Washington.
Looking at the Census Document
Looking at the Census Document
Look at the result, you can see your ancestor’s last name, first name or Given Name, Age, Sex, Race birthplace (State & County), Location of where he/she lived and the census year.
Click on your ancestor’s last name.
The census document will come up. You can use click on your scroll bar on the screen to move the page down or the down arrow key on your keyboard (the names aren’t in alphabetical order)
In the picture to the bottom right, here is William Winn and his wife and kids. Zadok is my great grandfather.
At the bottom of the page on the screen, you can click the arrow pointing to the right to go to the next page of the document.
Printing your Results the Whole Page
See pictures to the left
Click on the print icon on the left side (see picture to the bottom left)
Click OK on the bottom of the pop-up.
Printing your Results Magnified
Printing your Results
Click Download on the screen
Click View on the screen
Up in the top right hand corner of your screen, click the maximize button to enlarge the screen to full screen (see picture to the bottom left)
Scroll down until you have the section that contains your family in the center of the page.
Toward the top middle of the screen, Click the snapshot tool (looks like a little camera, see picture at the bottom left)
Printing your results Magnified
After clicking the snapshot tool
Place your mouse at the beginning of what you want to copy and hold down your left mouse button and make a the square go around all the things you want to print.
Let go of the mouse.
Click OK on the pop-up that says The selected area has been copied to the Clipboard.
Click the print icon at the top left of the screen (see picture to the bottom left)
Click the down arrow to the right of Reduce to printer Margins, and click on Fit to Printer Margins
Click OK at the bottom of pop-up
Not the person you are looking for?
Not the right person?
This happens a lot. Try different spellings of their name. Try different census years. Try searching all states.
Click the Search link (see picture to the left)
And try different combinations of names, places and years.
Searching in Books
Searching People, Places and Publications
Searching in books –
I find it’s easier and you get more results if you just put in the last name of your ancestor.
and leave the other things blank.
2. Click Search
Searching for people in Persi
You can search for people in periodicals that includes
(newspapers, pamphlets and more)
Try to be as generic as you can, searching for states or cities, or the type of business your ancestor was involved in, such as mills, blacksmiths, etc.
Searching Freedman’s Bank
Freedman’s Bank contains registered signatures of African-Americans who had deposited money in branches of the Freedman’s Savings and Trust Company in 1865 – 1874.
Enter the last name of your ancestor and the location that you think they might have lived for the bank location.
Searching for People in Rev. War Records
You can search selected Records from Revolutionary War Pension and Bounty-Land-Warrant Application Files.
1. The more generic you can keep it, the better, I just put in my ancestor’s last name and click search.
There are so many features in this database that would take too long to explore. I would recommend exploring either at the library or at home.