Wednesday, February 4, 2015

Changes Coming to HeritageQuest

The following is an update from the Nebraska Library Commission on HeritageQuest.

HeritageQuest Online, available through NebraskAccess, will be changing platforms. ProQuest has announced that the HeritageQuest Online platform will transition to a new interface powered by Ancestry.com sometime later in the first quarter of this year. We do not have a lot of details about this transition but ProQuest has provided the following information about what to expect.

What to Expect

For the initial launch on the Ancestry platform, here are some of the new enhancements and content that HQO will include:
                     Complete 1790-1940 U.S. Federal Census with images and every-name indexes for all years
                     Additional census records such as Mortality and Non-Population Schedules, Indian Census Rolls, and more
                     Expanded collection of genealogy and local history books and city directories with an all-new user interface, thumbnail images and hit highlighting
                     Complete Revolutionary War Pension and Bounty Land record collection (NARA M804)
                     Freedman’s Bank Records with full-page register view
                     Periodical Source Index Archive (PERSI), 1800-2009
                     U.S. Serial Set Memorials, Petitions and Private Relief Actions
                     All-new research aids
                     Interactive census maps
                     And more

I also wanted to let you know about a searching problem in the current HeritageQuest Online interface. When searching Census records using both a surname and given name there is a problem locating entries in the census records that contain a middle initial or a have two names listed in the given name field. To locate these types of records you will need to search for just the surname and then browse the result list to locate the correct given name. This means for example a search for Bob Smith will not find the record of Bob C. Smith.


Please let me know if you have any questions. 

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