Out on a Limb: Menace to Societies?
10/1/2006
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Nothing rankles genealogists like losing access to records — especially ones on the Web. So when ProQuest announced it would end genealogical and historical society members' remote access to HeritageQuest Online <heritagequestonline.com>, we weren't surprised by the flood of responses to managing editor Diane Haddad's report in our June 8 e-newsletter.

An outcry was inevitable, considering the trove of searchable online censuses, military records and historical books at stake. (See the June 2006 Family Tree Magazine for our complete guide to HeritageQuest.) ProQuest sells its online data products as institutional subscriptions, so individual researchers can tap them only through member libraries and societies.