Digging for Your Roots 2012: Heritage Quest Database
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Digging for Your Roots 2012: Heritage Quest Database



Updated version of 2008 presentation. More screenshots as well as focus on some of the other features of HQ, including Revolutionary War Record & U.S. Serial Set.

Updated version of 2008 presentation. More screenshots as well as focus on some of the other features of HQ, including Revolutionary War Record & U.S. Serial Set.



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  • Add to Notebook helps you keep track of found records!
  • Add to Notebook helps you keep track of found records! To save the record, you will need to click on the download option.
  • When you search the Books collection in HeritageQuest Online, you are searching every word of every book, which allows you to find even passing references to people and places.
  • PERSI is produced in cooperation with the Allen County Public Library Foundation, in Fort Wayne, Indiana. One important thing to keep in mind about PERSI is that it doesn’t include full text articles. When you search PERSI you will retrieve citations to articles. If you want copies of the actual articles you will have to track those down through interlibrary loan or order them from the Allen County Public Library Foundation. Periodicals – indexing for “Saskatchewan History”, “Saskatchewan Folklore & History Newsletter” and “Saskatchewan Genealogical Society’s Bulletin”
  • Note: not all service was recorded on card files. That is what the records are using as the main search field. If you are searching and not finding anything, take out state and service for better results.
  • Elizabeth Medley SHELTON – excellent example of a Widow’s Pension application file – comes with family records, various declarations & statements from state govt and military officials, family property schedule, statement of income & a 1936 Veteran’s Administration response to a request for information regarding members of the Shelton family’s pension files Pension Files: S for Servicemen while W for Widow’s application Bounty Land Warrant Aplications: B.L. Wt – warrant #, #of acres of land granted, & year they were granted Rejected Bounty Land Warrant Claims: B.L. Reg OR B.L. Rej Note: the Revolutionary War records are indexed according to the card files with the reference numbers to the file. When you first come across the file card, make sure you see how many pages are attached to the file. Some files have 1 page but many, average 4-5 pages.

Digging for Your Roots 2012: Heritage Quest Database Presentation Transcript

  • 1. Digging for Your Roots May P. Chan Prairie History Room Regina Public Library October 27, 2012 ©2008, updated 2012
  • 2. Outline HeritageQuest Online  What is it?  How does it differ from Ancestry Library Edition (ALE)?  What resources are available in the database?  How do I log in? 6 major collections  Search strategies Additional Resources 2
  • 3. What is HeritageQuest?Heritage Quest (HQ) is an onlinesearchable database of unique Americangenealogical resources, including U.S.federal census records, colonial recordsand digitized local history and genealogybooks. 3
  • 4. How does this database compare with ALE? Ancestry Library Edition HeritageQuest (HQ) (ALE) Offers 6 main data  Offers 8000+ data sets sets Records are  Records from the US, predominantly from Canada, UK, Australia the United States and New Zealand Date range for records  Date range for records is from 1700s to is from 1300s to present day present day 4
  • 5. Main Resources Found in HQ U.S. Census records, 1790-1940 (select) Local & Family Histories collection, ca. 1800s to 1920 PERSI (PERiodical Source Index) which is an index of 6,500 local history & genealogy periodicals, 1800s to present day Revolutionary War pension & bounty-land warrant, 1783 onwards Freedman’s Bank Records, 1865-1874 U.S. Serial set, 1789-1969 5
  • 6. Accessibility HeritageQuest (HQ) is now available at all Regina Public Library branch terminals (both public internet and CatPlus). The database can also be accessed remotely with a valid RPL library card and PIN. All of the library’s computer terminals allow you to print, save and email files from this database. 6
  • 7. Logging into HQ from a Library Computer Terminal1. Log in to any public internet terminal at any computer terminal with your Regina Public Library card and PIN number (4 digits).2. Click on either the Internet Explorer or Firefox icon on the desktop or within the “Internet folder” under “All Programs” 7
  • 8. Logging into HQ from a Library Computer Terminal3. Type in the url for the “Databases by Subject” page www.reginalibrary.ca/reference/central/ (note: this page is the home page for on the computers in the Prairie History Room) and click on the Genealogy category. 8
  • 9. Logging into HQ from Your Home Computer1. Go to the website: www.reginalibrary.ca2. Click on the tab for E-Library Services3. Scroll down to and click on the category Genealogy4. When you click on HQ link, you will be prompted to sign in with your library card number and PIN. 9
  • 10. Home Page for HQ Online 10
  • 11. Helpful Tips to Remember Same search rules don’t apply to all 6 collections (e.g. some allow for wildcard search, others don’t, etc.) Records are predominantly U.S. focused; Revolutionary War set and PERSI do have some Canadian content When used with other online resources such as ALE, this database is actually quite complimentary 11
  • 12. U.S. Federal Census Records 12
  • 13. U.S. Census Information HQ contains digitized images of each decennial census from 1790- 1940 (*NOTE: 1930 census records is only partially indexed while 1940 census records are only partially uploaded). Does not contain any of the state census records 13
  • 14. However…This is Really Important to Know! HQ Online contains name indexes for only 12 of the decennial censuses Of these nominal indexes, only ½ of them are “Every Name” while the rest are only the “Heads of the Household” To locate information in census years that haven’t been indexed, you have to use browse functionality To locate which census returns have a nominal index, check out this PDF file: http://tinyurl.com/8bl5cbh 14
  • 15. Head of the 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. Exceptions included:  Persons residing within the household who had a different surname (e.g., a mother-in-law, boarder, servant, niece).  All individuals living in institutions (schools, prisons, hospitals, etc.) 15
  • 16. 1890 U.S. Census “Brick Wall” Over 99% of the 1890 population schedules were destroyed! Of 62,979,766 persons enumerated in 1890, a total of 6,160 names could be extracted from the following states:  Alabama, District of Columbia, Georgia, Illinois, Minnesota, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, South Dakota and Texas 16
  • 17. 3 Types of Searches Basic, Advanced and Page Number 17
  • 18. U.S. Census Search Tips EXACT match only!  You will need to type in every spelling variation for both first and surname No wildcards or truncation symbols allowed From 1850 onwards, you can limit your search by age, sex, race and birthplace **NOTE: prior to 1850, census enumerators were not obligated to enter other members of the household – challenging to locate women and children 18
  • 19. U.S. Census Results 19
  • 20. 1910 U.S. Federal Census Franklin D. Roosevelt 20
  • 21. Options Printing the recordSaving the Record 21
  • 22. Browse Census Records 22
  • 23. Searching for Books 23
  • 24. HQ – Books Collection  Digital books are from UMI genealogy and local history collection  Features 28, 000 books, including 10, 000 family histories and 13, 000 local histories  **also features over 250 primary sources such as tax lists, city directories and probate records  Search by name, place or publication title 24
  • 25. Searching for Articles - PERSI 25
  • 26. PERSI PERSI stands for Periodical Source Index Created and maintained by the Allen County Public Library, Fort Wayne, Indiana Date ranges 1800s to present day Index to 2.5 million articles from over 6, 500 genealogy or history journals or magazines  **Note: no images or full-text available!!! Offers 4 search functions: name, place, how-to and publication title 26
  • 27. Searching for Articleson Regina, Saskatchewan 27
  • 28. PERSI Search Tips Surname search ONLY! Unlike US and Canada tabs, you CANNOT search by country or by area under the International tab Wildcard “?” and truncation symbols “*” allowed in keyword field Boolean operators also allowed in keyword field  Jefferson AND Franklin  Jefferson OR Franklin  Lincoln NOT Nebraska  Women NEAR sufferage 28
  • 29. Revolutionary War Records  Comes from the U.S. Veterans Administration  Features over 81, 000 pension files as well as bounty-land- warrant records  Exact match ONLY!  No wildcards, truncation symbols or Boolean operators allowed 29
  • 30. Search for Revolutionary War Records 30
  • 31. Revolutionary War Records Elizabeth SHELTON 31
  • 32. Freedman Bank Records Proper name was the Freedman’s Savings and Trust Company US government set up it as a bank for the newly emancipated slaves after the Civil War Bank also served indentured servants of various races Bank only operated from 1865 to 1874 32
  • 33. U.S. Serial Set Records 33
  • 34. U.S. Serial Set Records Offers over 100, 000 documents from the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives as well as select committees, bureaus and commissions Date ranges from 1789 to 1979 Specifically selected for its “genealogical” significance  Memorials, petitions, and private relief actions 34
  • 35. U.S. Serial Set Search Tips  Boolean, wildcard and truncation symbols allowed in keyword field  Use “ ” in keyword field to search for a phrase  E.g. “civil rights”  **Note: broaden your date range because Congress did not always sit in session to address issues 35
  • 36. NEW!!!Learning Center 36
  • 37. The EndQuestions or for a PDF copy of the powerpoint:maychan@reginalibrary.ca 37