In Family Tree Magazine, we often recommend HeritageQuest Online—a database service offered through many public libraries—as a free alternative for finding US census records, family and local history books, Revolutionary War service records and Freedmen’s Bank records.
Not all of the census records on HeritageQuest Online are indexed, though, and the databases can be tricky to search.
Enter our HeritageQuest Online Web Guide.
It’s available from Family Tree Shop in a few forms:
- in the print May 2010 Family Tree Magazine,
- in the digital version of the May 2010 Family Tree Magazine,
- on its own as a digital download
In this Web Guide, genealogy technology guru Rick Crume explains how to access HeritageQuest Online, what records are in its databases, and the best ways to search each database.
Like our Web Guides to other popular genealogy sites, the HeritageQuest Online guide has
- an in-depth description of how to use the site and its collections
- a quick-start guide and need-to-know statistics (such as the site’s contact information, major content areas and any fees)
- step-by-step search demos
- a cheat sheet of quick links, resources, hacks and shortcuts
- hyperlinked URLs so you can click through to all the websites recommended in the guide
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