MOREnet Announces HeritageQuest as Additional Online Resource

Published on Wednesday, June 5, 2013 - 14:43

Originally Posted: Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Secretary of State Jason Kander and the Missouri State Library are pleased to announce the addition of HeritageQuest to the collection of online resources available to Full Service and Basic Service MOREnet members.

HeritageQuest is being provided as of July 1, 2013 by REAL Program appropriation funds administered by the Missouri State Library. Over the next few months ProQuest will be working to align contracts or provide credits to libraries in Missouri that currently purchase HeritageQuest.

Additional information, including access information will be available at in April 2013.
HeritageQuest is a popular genealogy database. However, other types of historical research will also benefit from the large amount of information contained in this electronic resource.

HeritageQuest® Online is a comprehensive database of American genealogical sources and is rich in unique primary sources, local and family histories, and finding aids. It delivers an essential collection of genealogical and historical sources with coverage dating back to the 1700s.

The collection consists of six core data sets:

  1. U.S. Federal Censuses feature the original images of every extant federal census in the United States, from 1790 through 1930, with name indexes for many decades. In total the collection covers more than 140 million names.
  2. Genealogy and Local History Books provide more than 7 million digitized page images from over 28,000 family histories, local histories, and other books. Titles have been digitized from HeritageQuest’s renowned microform collections, as well from the American Antiquarian Society via an exclusive partnership.
  3. Periodical Source Index (PERSI), published by the Allen County Public Library, is recognized as the most comprehensive index of genealogy and local history periodicals. It contains more than 2 million records covering titles published around the world since 1800.
  4. Revolutionary War Records contains original images from pension and bounty land warrant application files. These files help to identify more than 80,000 American Army, Navy, and Marine officers and enlisted men from the Revolutionary War era.
  5. Freedman’s Bank Records, with more than 480,000 names of bank applicants, their dependents, and heirs from 1865–1874, offers valuable data that can provide important clues to tracing African American ancestors prior to and immediately after the Civil War.
  6. LexisNexis U.S. Serial Set records the memorials, petitions, and private relief actions made to the U.S. Congress back to 1789, with a total of more than 480,000 pages of information.

HeritageQuest is provided to all MOREnet members through REAL Program funding by the Missouri General Assembly. This appropriation is made to the Secretary of State's Office and is administered by the Missouri State Library.

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