Introduction to Searching HeritageQuest Online through NebraskAccess


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There's more to searching HeritageQuest Online than typing in great grandpa's name, clicking search, and getting results. If you lack the time to figure out the ins and outs of this database on your own and you missed the in-person training, then this session is for you.

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Introduction to Searching HeritageQuest Online through NebraskAccess

  1. 1. Susan Knisely 800-307-2665 or 402-471-3849 [email_address] Introduction to Searching HeritageQuest Online through
  2. 2. What is HeritageQuest Online? <ul><li>An online genealogy and local history database designed specifically for patrons in public libraries. </li></ul><ul><li>One of several databases provided to Nebraska residents through the statewide NebraskAccess database program, which is administered and funded by the Nebraska Library Commission. </li></ul>
  3. 3. How can I access HQ Online? <ul><li>Via the NebraskAccess Web site, using a password obtained from your local library or a Nebraska driver’s license or state identification number. </li></ul>
  4. 4. What’s included in HQ Online? <ul><li>Census – U.S. Federal Census, 1790-1930 </li></ul><ul><li>Books – Digitized versions of UMI microfilm collection consisting of over 25,000 family and local histories. </li></ul><ul><li>PERSI ™ – Periodical Source Index (Allen County Public Library Foundation) </li></ul><ul><li>Revolutionary War Era Pension and Bounty-Land Warrant Application Files </li></ul><ul><li>Freedman’s Bank Registers </li></ul>
  5. 5. Searching the Census 72-Year Access Restrictions <ul><li>HQ Online contains digitized images of each decennial census from 1790-1930. Census records from more recent censuses are not yet available due to 72-year access restrictions. </li></ul>
  6. 6. Searching the Census Search vs. Browse <ul><li>HeritageQuest Online contains name indexes for only 12 of the decennial censuses. This is significant because 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. </li></ul><ul><li>Note: All of the 1930 census is available to browse; only a small portion is available to search. </li></ul>
  7. 7. Searching the Census Head of Household <ul><li>When you search for names in HQ Online’s Census, you can only search for head-of-household names. The census enumerator would list as “head of household” the 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><ul><li>To learn who was considered head of household in each census year see HeritageQuest Online Help files. </li></ul>
  8. 8. Searching the Census The 1890 census <ul><li>Over 99% of the 1890 population schedules were destroyed in a fire. </li></ul><ul><li>Of 62,979,766 persons enumerated in 1890, a total of 6,160 names could be extracted from the surviving schedules. The surviving fragments came from the following states: </li></ul><ul><li>New Jersey </li></ul><ul><li>New York </li></ul><ul><li>North Carolina </li></ul><ul><li>Ohio </li></ul><ul><li>South Dakota </li></ul><ul><li>Texas </li></ul><ul><li>Alabama </li></ul><ul><li>District of Columbia </li></ul><ul><li>Georgia </li></ul><ul><li>Illinois </li></ul><ul><li>Minnesota </li></ul>
  9. 9. Searching Books <ul><li>Search Books lets you find information on people and places described in over 25,000 family and local histories. </li></ul><ul><li>Every word of every book is searchable! </li></ul><ul><li>Four search options: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>People </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Places </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Publications (Browse) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Publications (Search) </li></ul></ul>
  10. 10. <ul><li>PERSI (Periodical Source Index) - a subject index to articles in 6,500+ genealogy and local history periodicals. </li></ul><ul><li>Produced in cooperation with the Allen County Public Library Foundation, Fort Wayne, IN. </li></ul><ul><li>Includes no full text! </li></ul><ul><li>Search for: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Articles about People </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Articles about Places </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>“ How To ” articles </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Periodicals by Title </li></ul></ul>Searching PERSI ™
  11. 11. Searching Revolutionary War Pension & Bounty-Land Warrant Application Files <ul><li>Beginning in 1776 and continuing into the mid-1800s, legislation was passed providing pensions to: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Disabled servicemen </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Veterans who had served a certain number of years </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Widows whose husbands had been killed in the war </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Widows of veterans who had served a certain number of years </li></ul></ul><ul><li>These application files are of interest to genealogists because they contain supporting documentation, such as: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>property schedules </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>marriage certificates, </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>wills, </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>affidavits, etc. </li></ul></ul>
  12. 12. Searching Freedman’s Bank Records <ul><li>The Freedman’s Savings and Trust Company, 1865-1874, was incorporated by an act of Congress for the benefit of freed slaves. </li></ul><ul><li>Freedman’s Bank Records interest genealogists because they contain personal identification data about depositors. </li></ul>
  13. 13. <ul><li>The following information may * be found in registers: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>account number </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>name of depositor </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>date of entry </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>place born </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>place brought up </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>residence </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>age </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>complexion </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>name of employer or occupation </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>wife or husband, children, father, mother, brothers and sisters </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>remarks </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>signature. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>* In many entries not all the requested data are given </li></ul></ul>Searching Freedman’s Bank Depositor Data
  14. 14. HeritageQuest Online Demo
  15. 15. For more information … <ul><li>See various handouts & help documents available in the Training area of the Librarian’s Toolbox : </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Tips on Searching the Census </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Tips for Better Book Searching </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Printing Enlarged Census Images (step-by-step instructions) </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Census Forms, 1790-1930 (blank copies of census forms) </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><li>To review search examples see the HeritageQuest Online PowerPoint presentation, complete with Speaker Notes, available at: </li></ul>
  16. 16. s Questions?