US census records
HeritageQuest Online hosts the entire federal census from 1790 to 1930. In addition to record images, it has head-of-household indexes to censuses from 1790 to 1820, 1860, 1870 and 1890 (fragments) through 1920. The head-of-household index to the 1930 census covers only Connecticut, Delaware, Maryland, Texas and Virginia.
Family and local history books
Each PERSI citation includes a short article description and the periodical’s name and date. Once you find a promising reference, you can request photocopies from the ACPL (up to six articles cost $7.50 plus 20 cents per page). You also might be able to get the articles through interlibrary loan or Family History Library microfilm.
Freedman’s Bank records
US Serial Set
Access: Free to patrons of member libraries (ProQuest doesn’t publish names of subscribing institutions).
Subscribers: 2,600 libraries
Major Content Collections:
- 26,000 family and local histories
- US census records from 1790 to 1930; head-of-household indexes for 1790 to 1820, 1860 to 1920 and a partial index for 1930
- Periodical Source Index (PERSI) to 2.1 million articles in genealogy and history periodicals
- 81,000 Revolutionary War pension and bounty land warrant applications
- Freedman’s Bank records from 1865 to 1874
- LexisNexis US Serial Set with petitions to Congress back to 1789
2002 | ProQuest launches HeritageQuest Online with censuses and books
2003 | HeritageQuest Online adds PERSI; ProQuest spins off Heritage Quest magazine
2004 | HeritageQuest Online adds Revolutionary War pension files; ProQuest markets Ancestry Library Edition and supplies 20,000 digitized books to Ancestry.com