Database Spotlight

HeritageQuest

This is part of a series highlighting databases available through the Jefferson-Madison Regional Library website.

Libraries are not just "books" anymore. Though there are wonderful collections in the Jefferson-Madison Regional Library, we also subscribe to many online databases. Databases are an online resource containing thousands of newspaper and magazine articles in addition to biographical and medical information, genealogical sources, encyclopedia articles, and general reference materials that cover a wide variety of subjects and provide reliable information. The library subscribes to databases in 12 different subject categories. There are even specific databases for children and teens to help them with their homework. Most of the information retrieved is in full text articles. And the good news is that the databases are available 24/7 from home, school or work. All you need is a library card to gain remote access. However there are a few databases that can only be accessed in the library.

Database Spotlight

HeritageQuest is a collection of research materials for tracing family history and American culture that contains over 25,000 family records and local histories. This collection assembles every extant U.S. federal census, banking and military records, genealogies, primary source materials, and genealogical and local history serials.

  • U.S. Census: complete set of Federal Census images from 1790-1930, including name indexes for many years
  • Books: people and places described in over 22,000 family and local histories
  • PERSI: an index of over 2 million genealogy and local history articles
  • Revolutionary War: selected records from the Revolutionary War Era Pension & Bounty-Land Warrant Application Files
  • Freedman's Bank: contains individuals in Freedman's Bank (1865-1974), which was founded to serve African Americans
  • U.S. Serial Set: contains the Memorials, Petitions, and Private Relief Actions of the U.S. Congress in the LexisNexis U.S. Serial Set

If you need help using this database, please call the Reference Desk at the Central Library (979-7151 x4)

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