Getting Started with HeritageQuest

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HeritageQuest Online database offers an incredible collection of census materials, local history books and indexes for genealogists. Given by the Prairie History Room, this presentation demonstrates how to use this incredible search tool.

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  • Similar to Ancestry Library, you can print or save (download) your results. Remember to use the print button as opposed to the print feature under the file tab. There is a way for user to print off an enlarged view of the U.S. Census record. When you click on the print button, there will be instructions on how to “clip” an item from a PDF file. Note: the manual has been downloaded and printed off for you.
  • Similar to Ancestry Library, you can print or save (download) your results. Remember to use the print button as opposed to the print feature under the file tab. There is a way for user to print off an enlarged view of the U.S. Census record. When you click on the print button, there will be instructions on how to “clip” an item from a PDF file. Note: the manual has been downloaded and printed off for you.
  • Note: unlike Ancestry Library Edition which offers a soundex search, HeritageQuest Online offers no such feature. If your ancestor’s name was misspelled, you will have to redo the search with the various spelling. FORGET TRUNCATION SYMBOLS!!! Neither “*” or “?” will be accepted in the surname search. You can also search census data by page number!
  • Helpful guides to explain the U.S. Census is located on the left hand side of the margin.
  • The Books collection available through HeritageQuest Online provides you with full-text access to over 25,000 family and local history books. 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. There are four options available for searching books: There’s a People search form A Places search form You can Browse publications Or you can access an advanced Search Publications form
  • 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”
  • Offers no-full text. You have the option of ordering the article from Allen County Public Library.
  • Getting Started with HeritageQuest

    1. 1. Getting Started with HeritageQuest Online May P. Chan Prairie History Room Regina Public Library ©2008
    2. 2. Outline <ul><li>Introductions </li></ul><ul><li>HeritageQuest Online </li></ul><ul><ul><li>What is it? </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>How does it differ from Ancestry.com? </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>What resources are available in the database? </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>How do I log in? </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Search Tips </li></ul><ul><li>Additional Resources </li></ul><ul><li>Practice Session </li></ul>
    3. 3. What is HeritageQuest Online? <ul><li>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. </li></ul>
    4. 4. HeritageQuest Online vs. Ancestry Library Edition <ul><li>HeritageQuest Online’s collection is strongly American focused whereas Ancestry Library edition provides access to records from Canada & the UK </li></ul><ul><li>HeritageQuest Online has 6 databases vs. Ancestry’s 4000+ databases </li></ul><ul><li>HeritageQuest Online compliments Ancestry Library edition </li></ul>
    5. 5. Main Resources found in HeritageQuest Online <ul><li>U.S. Census records, 1790-1930 </li></ul><ul><li>Freedman’s Bank Records, 1865-1874 </li></ul><ul><li>PERSI ( PER iodical S ource I ndex) which is an index of 6,500 local history & genealogy periodicals </li></ul><ul><li>Revolutionary War pension & bounty-land warrant </li></ul><ul><li>Full text of 25,000 local & family histories, from UMI collection </li></ul><ul><li>U.S. Serial set – search memorials, petitions, etc. of the U.S. Congress </li></ul>
    6. 6. Logging Into the Databases <ul><li>Log in to any public internet terminal at Central Library with your Regina Public Library card and PIN number (4 digits). </li></ul><ul><li>2. Click on the Internet Explorer icon. </li></ul><ul><li>3. Scroll down the “Databases by Subject” page ( www.reginalibrary.ca /reference/central/ ) and click on the Genealogy category. </li></ul>
    7. 7. Home Page for HQ Online
    8. 8. U. S. Census Returns <ul><li>HQ Online contains digitized images of each decennial census from 1790-1930. </li></ul><ul><li>Census records from more recent censuses are not yet available due to 72-year access restrictions…Meaning that the 1940 census returns will not be available until 2012 </li></ul>
    9. 9. However… <ul><li>HQ Online contains name indexes for only 12 of the decennial censuses, meaning you can only search on census years that have been indexed </li></ul><ul><ul><li>To locate information in census years that haven’t been indexed, you have to use browse functionality. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Note: All of the 1930 census is available to browse but only a small portion is available to search. </li></ul></ul>
    10. 10. As well… <ul><li>HeritageQuest uses copies of census data rather than the original census records! </li></ul><ul><li>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 search! </li></ul>
    11. 11. Head of Household <ul><li>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. </li></ul><ul><li>Exceptions included: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Persons residing within the household who had a different surname (e.g., a mother-in-law, boarder, servant, niece). </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>All individuals living in institutions (schools, prisons, hospitals, etc.) </li></ul></ul>
    12. 12. Last but not least…1890 Census <ul><li>Over 99% of the 1890 population schedules were destroyed! </li></ul><ul><li>Of 62,979,766 persons enumerated in 1890, a total of 6,160 names could be extracted from the following states: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Alabama, District of Columbia, Georgia, Illinois, Minnesota, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, South Dakota and Texas </li></ul></ul>
    13. 13. Basic Search
    14. 14. Census Results
    15. 15. All of 1920 Census Results
    16. 16. 1920 U.S. Census Result
    17. 17. Image Download
    18. 18. Taking Notes & Add to Notebook
    19. 19. Notebook
    20. 20. Advanced Search - Census
    21. 21. Browsing the Census
    22. 22. Searching for Books
    23. 23. PERSI – Journal Articles
    24. 24. Searching for Articles on Regina, SK
    25. 25. Article Results List
    26. 26. Important Search Tips: <ul><li>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 </li></ul><ul><li>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 </li></ul>
    27. 27. Additional Resources – continued… <ul><li>HeritageQuest Tutorial by Timberland Regional Library ( http://rpa.trlib.org/HeritageQuest-Tutorial-2007-02.htm ) </li></ul><ul><li>HeritageQuest Tutorial by Texas State Library ( http://www.texshare.edu/bridge/tutorial/heritage_quest.htm ) </li></ul>
    28. 28. The End Email: [email_address]

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