ADVERTISEMENT and ProQuest Expand Partnership to Provide Genealogy Databases at Libraries

By Diane Haddad

Subscription genealogy website and library database service ProQuest have expanded their partnership to deliver genealogy resources to libraries worldwide.

Under the companies’ new, multi-year agreement, ProQuest will distribute both Ancestry Library Edition and future products.

ProQuest already distributes Ancestry Library Edition, a version of patrons can use for free on-site at subscribing libraries. Ancestry Library Edition has most of the collections found on; 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 and Ancestry Library Edition.)

In addition, 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).

Read the announcement about the expanded partnership here.