Wednesday, February 16, 2011


Do you know about HeritageQuestIt's a comprehensive treasury of American genealogical sources — rich in unique primary sources, local and family histories, and finding aids.

The collection includes, among other things:

  • U.S. Federal Censuses featuring 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.
  • Revolutionary War records containing original images from pension and bounty land warrant application files help to identify more than 80,000 American Army, Navy, and Marine officers and enlisted men from the Revolutionary War era.
  • 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.
  • LexisNexis U.S. Serial Set records the memorials, petitions, 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 free through many libraries across the country.  Patrons of the Prince William County Library system can sign in using their library card number/barcode.

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