Under the companies’ new, multi-year agreement, ProQuest will distribute both Ancestry Library Edition and future Ancestry.com products.
ProQuest already distributes Ancestry Library Edition, a version of Ancestry.com patrons can use for free on-site at subscribing libraries. Ancestry Library Edition has most of the collections found on Ancestry.com; exceptions include the Passenger and Immigration Lists Index, family and local history books, and Freedman’s Bank records. (Click here for a rundown of differences between Ancestry.com and Ancestry Library Edition.)
In addition, Ancestry.com will “power” an improved HeritageQuest Online, which is ProQuest’s libraries-only database that offers census records, an older version of the Periodical Source Index, the Genealogy & Local History book collection, selected Revolutionary War pension and bounty land warrant applications, Freedman’s Bank Records, and more. A potential area for improvement: Except for 1940, HeritageQuest Online’s searchable census indexes are head-of-household only; and 1830 through 1850, 1880 and most of 1930 aren’t searchable by name.
Patrons of libraries that subscribe to HeritageQuest Online can access the databases free through the library’s website (usually by entering a valid library card number).