The search boxes allow you to type in the person’s last name [surname] and first name [given name]. You can select a year and a state if you know them. Then, click on the box that says ‘Search’. Clicking on the light green ‘Advanced Search’ tab allows you to refine your search to include county, age, sex, race, and birthplace. If you know the series, roll, and page number of the census record you need, enter it by clicking on the ‘Find by Page Number’ tab.
If HeritageQuest finds the name you were looking for, it will list which census records it appears in. Click on one of the results to be taken to an image of the actual census record.
If you are searching for a person, click on the ‘People’ link. Click on ‘Places’ to look for place names. Then type the specific name into the search box given
Click ‘Books’ Once you have typed a name or names into the search box(es), click ‘Search.’ Your results page will give you a list of books in which that name is found. If you would like to download the entire book (this could be many pages!), click ‘View Image.’ If you are interested in seeing in what chapters of the book the name is found, click ‘View Hits’ instead.
Clicking on that chapter’s link sends you to the beginning of the chapter. If you click on the number beside it, you will be sent to the first page in the chapter upon which the name you are searching for appears.
If you know the name of the periodical you would like, you can go to the ‘Publications’ page and type in your title, or browse titles alphabetically. You will be able to find the citations of articles from periodicals but, unlike with the books, you will not find the full text of the articles. Instead, you will be directed to instructions on how to order the article you need. See the PERSI page to learn more about ordering articles. Let’s say we decide to search: Kansas state historical society – or click the ‘K’ letter below the search bar and locate it by browsing…
Genealogy Heritage Quest & Genealogy Connect
FREE Genealogy Workshop
What are these databases and how can they help with research?
What unique resources are available in each of the databases?
How do I log in to access them without paying subscription fees?
Additional tips, time for sharing and practice
Please call reference staff, we will print handouts for attendees
Part I: Library Subscription Databases
January 18, 1:00 – 2:00, East Room
Part II: State Provided Databases
January 25, 1:00 – 2:00, East Room
Heritage Quest &
GENEALOGY DATABASES FROM STATE LIBRARY OF
What is HeritageQuest Online?
A searchable database providing access to U. S.
Federal Census records from 1790 onwards,
PERSI (a PERiodical Source Index to genealogy
and local history periodicals for both the US and
Canada), and digitized copies of genealogy and
local history books.
HeritageQuest Online vs. Ancestry Library
HeritageQuest Online’s collection is strongly
American focused whereas Ancestry Library
edition provides access to records from Canada
& the UK
HeritageQuest Online has 6 databases vs.
Ancestry’s 7000+ databases
HeritageQuest Online compliments Ancestry
Main Resources found in HeritageQuest Online
U.S. Census records, 1790-1940
Freedman’s Bank Records, 1865-1874
PERSI (PERiodical Source Index) which is an index
of 6,500 local history & genealogy periodicals and
2.3 million articles
Revolutionary War pension & bounty-land
Full text of 30,000 local & family histories, from
U.S. Serial set – search memorials, petitions, etc.
of the U.S. Congress
How Do I Log In to the Databases?
1. In the Internet address bar, type:
http://www.leavenworthpubliclibrary.org and click
“Resources and Training” at top of page.
2. Select “Explore a Topic”.
3. Select a desired genealogy database: Ancestry Library,
Heritage Quest, FOLD3, Digital Sanborn Maps or Genealogy
Connect. “Heritage Quest” and “Genealogy Connect” will
be in the far right column of state database listings in the
group titled “Popular Topics”.
Or access: http:/kslib.info
Click “Online Resources”
U. S. Census Returns
HQ Online contains digitized images of
each decennial census from 1790-1940.
Census records from more recent
censuses are not yet available due to 72-
year access restrictions…For this reason the
1940 census just became available in 2012
HQ Online contains name indexes for only 12 of the
decennial censuses, meaning you can only search on
census years that have been indexed
◦To locate information in census years that haven’t
been indexed, you have to use browse functionality.
◦Note: All of the 1930 and 1940 censuses is available
to browse but only a portion is available to search.
HeritageQuest uses copies of census data
rather than the original census records.
Because these copies only list the head of
households, no other family members are
indexed by HeritageQuest. Therefore, only
heads of households will be retrieved by a
Also keep in mind…
Head of Household
•Person who was responsible for the care of the home and/or
family. This could be a husband, widow with children, person
living alone, etc.
–Persons residing within the household who had a
different surname (e.g., a mother-in-law, boarder,
–All individuals living in institutions (schools, prisons,
Last but not least…1890 Census
Over 99% of the 1890 population schedules were
Of 62,979,766 persons enumerated in 1890, a total
of 6,160 names could be extracted from the
◦Alabama, District of Columbia, Georgia, Illinois,
Minnesota, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina,
Ohio, South Dakota and Texas
Basic Search display
when „Census‟ is
Important Search Tips:
When looking for people in the U.S. Census,
remember that only the heads of the households
are indexed! Otherwise you will have to
“browse” the records to find the individual
No “Soundex” feature which means you will have
to type in the various spellings of a surname if
you are unable to find the desired results
Intro to Genealogy Connect
This subscription database from Gale contains more than
500 genealogical and historical references and provides
access to over 1500 works searchable online. Kansas
residents may access the database free of charge at
HTTP://KSLIB.INFO by clicking “Explore Our Resources” and
selecting “Genealogy Connect” in the right column.
What Genealogy Connect offers
Gale Genealogy Connect is an advanced online tool for
genealogical research, designed to instruct researchers in
genealogical research methods and help them organize
materials to build optimal family trees. It is powered by
information from Genealogical.com, publishers of works on
genealogy and family history.
Features of Genealogy Connect
It features a user interface with instant translation into 38 languages
Unlimited 24/7 simultaneous access
Seamless cross-searching across Gale Genealogy Connect collections
Multi-page viewing (to recreate a book experience)
Ability to print, save, e-mail, and share articles
What Genealogy Connect includes
Includes: “how-to” works for doing genealogical research
Colonial period works identifying early American settlers and
chronicling immigration to America
Works that can trace noble and royal ancestries
Histories and source records for Native American tribes
http://kslib.info State Library of
Let’s explore… If you brought a laptop and want to explore
with me or independently:
Access the Kansas library site above
Click ‘Explore Our Resources’ in left column
Click ‘Genealogy Connect’ in right column
Find the U.S. GenWeb site for county
of interest: www.USGenWeb.org
*In 2012 a digitized version of all the
LDS microfilm is expected to be
http://genealogienetz.de/ has 225
books online with over 3 million
German names indexed.
For information about people in
Rheinland Pfalz area try
A brand new German gen site is
YouTube.com HQ Tutorial:
URL Country Codes:
Finale! Thank you for attending
2 minute YouTube Tutorial on Heritage Quest
YouTube Ancestry Library Video Tutorial:
We hope you will better understand and feel comfortable using
these free genealogy resources as you begin your family history
quest. We will be available at the Reference Desk if you have
further questions. You may also email us your questions at –
email@example.com OR: Sign up for a 1-on-1 Class
Access this slideshow at: http://www.slideshare.net/cindyhesser/
Presented by Cynthia Hesser, Reference Librarian
Leavenworth Public Library January 25, 2014