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Genealogy Support Group - HeritageQuest Database


Review of HeritageQuest Database available free to Tewksbury residents.

Review of HeritageQuest Database available free to Tewksbury residents.

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  • Introduction: Who I am, and an overview of the group. Apologize for not going around the table, this month we have a lot to cover and I want to be sure we have enough time to go over as much as possible. After the class if people want to use heritage class at the library (while everything is still fresh) please feel free to use the computers on the second floor. I will be available to assist you as time allows.
  • This genealogy database is available to Tewksbury Residents only because the library pays for this database. Many other towns will also have this database.
  • We will begin by searching census information
  • You can find a great deal of information in the census. The census began after the American Revolution under Secretary of State Thomas Jefferson. Since then there have been 21 federal censuses. Records from the censuses of population and housing are publicly accessible  72 years  after each census' "Census Day” to protect confidentiality. The 1940 census was released on April 1, 2012. The 1950 census will be released on April 1, 2022. Clicking “Browse” will give you help options. Search Surname: Lincoln Given Name: Abraham
  • Phillip Dinkell was also a servant who died in 1865 from consumption. Lincoln was president from March 4, 1861 – April 15, 1865
  • ProQuest's Genealogy & Local History Collection  of 28,000+ family and local history books, every word searchable. Every page of each book is presented and can be easily downloaded or copied. Few genealogical collections in the country have this many titles. Now even the smallest library can instantly begin to offer the information power of a large research library. These titles have been digitized from ProQuest's microfiche collection, Genealogy & Local History, which assembles genealogies, local histories and primary source materials from all 50 states and Canada. Titles were obtained from libraries nationwide including the American Antiquarian Society, the California State Library - Sutro, Detroit Public Library, The Newberry Library, The New York Public Library, the University of Illinois at Urbana, the Harvard University Widener Library, and others.
  • Use the “More” for additional searching information Search Lincoln, Abraham
  • Books may be downloaded or viewed online. Downloading and viewing is limited to 50 pages.
  • PERSI™ Archive - The PERiodical Source Index Archive  is a comprehensive subject index covering more than 6,600 genealogy and local history periodicals written in English and French (Canada) between 1800 and 2009. PERSI™ Archive provides the researcher the ability to search on surnames, locations, and methodologies as well as the ability to browse the journals by title and keyword. There are more than 2.3 million article citations available. PERSI™ Archive is produced in cooperation with the Allen County Public Library Foundation. For more information, read  About PERSI Archive .
  • Surname: Lincoln Keywords: Civil War Periodical: Boston
  • Notice that in these results there is no sorting available. 
  • Revolutionary War Pension and Bounty Land Warrant Application Files. This HeritageQuest collection details records of 80,000+ individuals who served in the Revolutionary War and contains both genealogical and historical information. Each veteran's file usually contains six or more pages on each veteran and normally includes the veteran's former rank, unit, and period of service, age or date of birth, residence, and sometimes-genealogical information on other family members. The Revolutionary War records were added a few years ago. A wonderful addition.
  • Surname: Arnold Given Name: Benedict
  • We can see on the top of the page it mentions that he is from Rhode Island where the infamous Benedict Arnold was from. There is an Elizabeth listed here and although Benedict Arnold did have a sister Elizabeth I would doubt that they would mention her here. When we look through the next pages we can see that Elizabeth was his wife and so he is not the Revolutionary War General known for committing treason.
  • Freedman's Bank Records.  At the close of the Civil War, the Freedman's Savings & Trust Company was the primary bank for America's freed slaves and others from 1865-1874. This HeritageQuest collection documents more than 105,000 bank depositors and over 480,000 of their dependents and heirs . It is considered one of the most important resources for African-American genealogical research. The  Freedman's Saving and Trust Company , popularly known as the  Freedman's Savings Bank , was a private corporation chartered by the  U.S. government  to encourage and guide the economic development of the newly emancipated  African-American  communities in the post- Civil War  period. Although functioning only between 1865 and 1874, the company achieved notable successes as a leading financial institution of African-Americans. Its failure was devastating to the newly emancipated black community. Its archives are valued as an exhaustive collection of information regarding the African American community and its socio-economic life in the immediate aftermath of  emancipation . A series of increasingly speculative investments brought the bank into debt, and the decision to create a new building in Washington D.C. added to its financial troubles. The bank could not survive the  Panic of 1873  and it closed its doors in 1874. Over the next decade Congress established a program to reimburse depositors up to 62% of their savings, but many depositors were never compensated.
  • Surname: Collins Given Name: Andrew
  • He is listed on the application of Alonza Lovick.
  • We can see a short summary of the document and then below that the document and then below that we can see a transcription of the document. To jump to the transcription you need to click the link shown.
  • Here we can see Andrew Collins listed as a child of Alonzo Lovick. We also get some interesting information about Alonzo loosing the fingers on this right hand by circular saw before the civil war.
  • U.S. Serial Set.  This collection offers a fascinating glimpse into the people and places on whose behalf Congressional action was sought during the period 1789-1969. Consisting of documents and reports prepared for the U.S. Congress, it includes Private Relief Actions, Memorials, and Petitions. The subject matter covered by this collection includes: pensions, military and naval matters, claims of election fraud, public works projects, immigration and naturalization, land grants, taxation, and many types of monetary claims made by individuals and businesses.
  • Arnold, Benedict Notice the “More about the US Serial Set” link.
  • Here we have the ability to sort again.
  • Not going to really go over the notebook because anything you put in your notebook will only remain there for that one session. If you log out and then go back in none of your information will be there. This to me makes this a wasted effort.
  • Next month we could talk about Family Search and some of the resources available through that database. Again, for those who are interested they may use the computers at anytime to research this database. I am always happy to assist patrons doing genealogy research as much as possible.


  • 1. Genealogy – HeritageQuest Presented at the Tewksbury Public Library August 28th 2013
  • 2. Where to start HeritageQuest is available either in the library or from home by going the library’s website Select “Research”.
  • 3. Select “Online Research”
  • 4. Select “Local History & Genealogy”
  • 5. Select “HeritageQuest”
  • 6. Enter your library card number (no spaces) and select “Connect”.
  • 7. Welcome to HeritageQuest!
  • 8. Enter information and select "Search".
  • 9. Search results
  • 10. Select the “1860 Census”, Illinois State, then “Sangamon County”
  • 11. This brings us to an overview of the record. To view the record select the individual’s surname.
  • 12. Here we can view additional information about the record and below that the record itself.
  • 13. We can see the listing here for Abraham Lincoln and his family.
  • 14. Searching Books You can search by people, places and publications.
  • 15. People searching can by by name, place or keyword.
  • 16. Results are sorted by relevancy. You can view the instances where the subject appears in the book or go directly to the book.
  • 17. When you select “View Hits” you can see more details. If the item was indexed it will also give the locations of where the person was mentioned in the book.
  • 18. If you select “View Image” it will bring to you the beginning of the book.
  • 19. PERSI (PERiodical Source Index) Archive This can be searched by people and places. You can also search periodicals by title or research how to articles.
  • 20. The people search includes surname, keywords and periodical information. Enter your criteria and select search.
  • 21. Search results are given. To view additional information select the title.
  • 22. Additional information about the article is provided. To receive a copy of the article you need to submit a request form. Some of the articles may be obtained through other resources, please speak to a librarian for more information.
  • 23. Request form
  • 24. Revolutionary War Records
  • 25. Searching Revolutionary War Records Enter your search criteria and select "Search".
  • 26. The results will be presented. To view a record select the person's surname.
  • 27. When viewing images please note that most have multiple pages.
  • 28. Freedman's Bank (1865-1874)
  • 29. Enter search criteria and select "Search". You can also browse these records.
  • 30. Search results can be sorted. To look at a record select the person's surname.
  • 31. The record contains a summary and image of the document. This document also has a transcription.
  • 32. Transcription of document
  • 33. U.S. Serial Set
  • 34. Enter your search criteria and select "Search"
  • 35. Results can be sorted. To view a record select the title of the record.
  • 36. Once a record is selected you can view an overview of the record and see where your search is mentioned in the document.
  • 37. Viewing the record gives summary information and viewing/printing options at the top of the screen.
  • 38. When we scroll down we can find Benedict Arnold mentioned in the article.
  • 39. The new Learning Center. These are free courses offered by Family Search. They can be accessed through HeritageQuest or Family Search
  • 40. Family Search site is
  • 41. Thank you!