HERITAGEQUEST ONLINE:
FREE FAMILY HISTORY DATA AT HOME
WITH YOUR LIBRARY CARD

©2012 by Donald R. Snow

This page was last updated 2012-07-02.
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    WELCOME AND ANNOUNCEMENTS

  1. Instructors are Donald R. and Diane M. Snow ( snowd@math.byu.edu and dmsnow34@gmail.com ) of Provo and St. George, Utah.
  2. Announcements and reports
    1. FH Update classes - usually on 1st and 3rd Wednesdays 1-2:30 PM, next class will be on 18 Jul 2012 on US AND LDS IMMIGRATION
    2. UVTAGG meeting on Sat 14 Jul 2012, 9 am - Noon, "Red Chapel", 4050 North Timpview Dr. (650 East), Provo -- FamilySearch Administrators will be there to discuss FamilySearch and help you resolve issues with your data; see details at http://uvtagg.org
    3. FamilySearch Family Tree interface for your nFS data -- https://familysearch.org/invite/familytree_tab -- Use your LDS Account to register here once, then when you sign in on  https://www.familysearch.org  (upper right hand corner) with your LDS account you see a new tab called "Family Tree" which takes you to the new interface to nFS 
    4. Helpful 9-Generation Pedigree Fan Chart of your nFS data -- http://www.createfan.com/ -- use your LDS Account to log in -- Can generate a 9-generation chart for anyone in nFS by going to http://www.treeseek.com , log in with your LDS account, and enter their PID (their nFS Personal Identifier number) in the box 
    5. Help index the 1940 US Census - sign up at  http://the1940census.com/?cid=fsHomeT1940Plt -- Here's a link to show you how to find people until the index is finished -- http://genealogy.about.com/b/2012/02/28/how-to-find-granddad-in-the-1940-u-s-census.htm
  3. Today's class will discuss the website HeritageQuest Online which has many genealogy records and is free to use with public library cards.

  4. WHAT IS HERITAGE QUEST ONLINE (HQO)?

  5. HeritageQuest Online (HQO) is a genealogy website with primarily US databases that is available through libraries, not by individual subscription
    1. When a library has subscribed to it, you can use it at home through their website with your library card barcode
    2. Your local public or university library may already subscribe -- for most locations in Utah it is available through  http://pioneer.utah.gov/  with your public library card or with an access code from your library; if you can't get to it through this website, try your local public library's website
    3. Available in FHC's -- see article with links to HQO helps in FamilySearch Helps
    4. See article and list of many libraries in the US subscribing to HQO at Encyclopedia of Online Genealogy -- http://www.eogen.com/heritagequestonline
  6. Many helpful databases for FH on HQO, including US Censuses, 28,000 full text genealogy books, PERSI -- Periodical Source Index to thousands of genealogy journals worldwide, US Revolutionary War records -- Military service records, pension applications, and results, Freedman's Bank Records -- a bank formed after the US Civil War and in which many freed slaves deposited their money - applications had to include some of their recent family genealogy so they could prove who they were, US Government Serials sets -- official US government documents
  7. What's New -- lower left hand corner on Census search page
  8. Can print or download from HQO, or can set up a Notebook on HQO to store it and then download or email the Notebook to yourself
  9. Most HQO screens have good Helps (upper right hand corner of screen) with detailed discussions about the databases and searches

  10. US FEDERAL CENSUSES ON HQO

  11. Of the US Censuses HQO has all images and many indexes from 1790 to 1930 -- See details by clicking on What's New (bottom left of Census screens)
  12. Indexes are of heads of household, but include people with different surnames living there
  13. HQO has a variety of ways of searching by name, location, birth location, etc., and can view results by state and county to see the numerical distribution of that combination in the US
  14. Can browse the census by clicking on Browse and going to the state and city
  15. Can go directly to a census page if you already know the serial, roll, and page number -- Conversion table between NARA and FHL census film numbers at https://wiki.familysearch.org/en/NARA_and_FHL_film_numbers
  16. The Census Book by William Dollarhide
    1. Can download the entire book in pdf from HQO Census Help, NOT from the Books part -- to find it click on Browse/Help-with-the-Federal-Census
    2. Excellent source of information and details about each of the US federal censuses
    3. Is in searchable pdf and includes Census Forms for each census, so you can see the column headings
    4. Includes maps of the counties of the states at each census, but there are good interactive maps of county boundary changes for each state on a different website  http://publications.newberry.org/ahcbp/
  17. HQO's Census images are black and white, not grey-scale
    1. Means that many images are clearer on HQO than on Ancestry.com or other websites that use grey-scale
    2. BUT, black spots on images in HQO may be readable in grey-scale images on Ancestry.com or elsewhere
  18. Viewing and saving census images on HQO
    1. Viewing images
      1. Can view at 100%, 200%, or 400% -- 100% shows entire page on screen, but 200% and 400% may be easier to read
      2. Can view images as positive or negative -- sometimes easier to read one than the other
    2. Saving  and printing census images
      1. Can save to computer or flash drive as pdf or tif files, or email them to yourself, or set up a Notebook to put everything in during your session and then save or email it to yourself
      2. Help screens have instructions on saving and printing images 
      3. To print images it is usually easier to download image as a pdf and print that since that has more control of the print process, e.g. can print it landscape and get full page image
      4. Can also save the images as printscreens by using a program such as FastStone Capture (v 5.3 was last freeware version of FastStone Capture -- http://www.aplusfreeware.com/categories/mmedia/FastStoneCapture.html )

  19. FAMILY HISTORY BOOKS ON HQO

  20. Includes full text scanned images of 28,000 family history books
  21. Emphasis is on US genealogy, but includes some international volumes, e.g. Genealogical Gleanings in England by Henry F. Waters
  22. Are completely word-searchable on HQO, but not after downloading (see below)
  23. Can browse or search by People, Places, or Publications
    1. Can search by name or place with additional keywords
    2. Can set up a Notebook in HQO to collect information to print, email, or download
    3. Format of citations to copy or paste
    4. Browsing by page number allows going directly to a specific page
    5. To see all volumes and journals, browse by Publications
  24. Examples of books included
    1. Dollarhide's The Census Book -- is in the Help section, not the Books section -- see information about it in the US Censuses paragraph above
    2. Massachusetts Vital Records books (yellow covered series), about 250 volumes -- examples
      1. Woburn, Massachusetts Vital Records to 1850
      2. Lynnfield, Massachusetts Vital Records to 1850
    3. Many family and county histories, etc.-- e.g. History of Middlesex County, Massachusetts with Biographical Sketches, 1890; has 2908 pages
  25. Downloads are limited to 50 pages at a time, so to do an entire book you may have to download it in pieces and assemble them into a single pdf later; downloads seems to work better to do about 40 pages at a time -- can save to your Notebook and then download, print, or email it to yourself later -- before downloading check Google and other online books to see if same volume can be downloaded from there all at once
  26. The pdf's from HQO Books are not text-searchable
    1. For short excerpts or articles on screen you can use JOCR for optical character recognition program to convert to text -- available from http://download.cnet.com/JOCR/3000-2192_4-10768898.html -- text can now be copy-and-pasted into notes or sources in your genealogy database
    2. For large parts or entire volumes you can use PDF-XChange Lite (free for private use) to OCR the entire volume -- available from http://www.tracker-software.com/product/pdf-xchange-lite/

    PERSI = PERIODICAL SOURCE INDEX ON HQO

  27. PERSI is a list of references (NOT the articles) of over 6000 worldwide genealogy journals
  28. Good information about PERSI in the FamilySearch Research Wiki -- https://www.familysearch.org/learn/wiki/en/Periodical_Source_Index_%28PERSI%29
  29. Index is done by Allen County Library in Fort Wayne, Indiana, which has a large genealogy collection and has all the FH journals themselves
  30. Index is by surnames in the article, location (town, county, state), and other prominent concepts, e.g. How To's
  31. Can see a complete list of all the genealogy journals indexed on HQO at PERSI > Periodicals -- 4-letter codes identify the journals
  32. Also shows issues and years that Allen County Library has and other Known Repositories for that journal -- Can also check sites like OCLC (Online Computer Library Center) WorldCat to see which libraries have the journal -- http://www.oclc.org/us/en/default.htm
  33. Can usually order a copy of the article at your local library through Interlibrary Loans or through Allen County Library for a fee

  34. US REVOLUTIONARY WAR MILITARY RECORDS ON HQO

  35. Click on "Read More About Rev War" for details
  36. Contains Selected Records from Revolutionary War Pension and Bounty-Land-Warrant Applications Files -- 80,000 pension and application files of American military, naval, and marine officers and enlisted men
  37. Contains much information about the military man and indexes many family members listed in the pension files 
  38. Can search by name, state (18 states by then), and military service
  39. Can print or save the images, as above
  40. Transcript program (freeware for personal use) helps in transcribing handwritten images -- available from http://www.jacobboerema.nl/en/Freeware.htm

  41. FREEDMAN'S BANK RECORDS ON HQO

  42. Click on "Read More About Freedman's Bank" for details
  43. Freed slaves after the US Civil War (1861-1865) opened bank accounts in the Freedman's Bankand applications included details about spouses, children, parents and siblings, so it has lots of genealogy
  44. Indexes of the Freedman Bank records were also done by the LDS Church and these images and indexes are available on https://www.familysearch.org/ > All Record Collections > [Type in Freedman Bank]
  45. Major source of genealogy data for the Black Community in the US

  46. US CONGRESSIONAL SERIAL SET ON HQO

  47. Click on "Read More About US Serial Set" for details
  48. Includes records from Congress, Petitions, Military, Post Office, Indian Affairs, Public Land Records, and more
  49. Completely word-searchable by name, place, keywords, and date ranges

  50. CONCLUSION

  51. HQO is a rich source for US genealogy information including censuses, books, and other publications; has some information outside of US, e.g. Canada and England
  52. PERSI on HQO is underused in genealogy and has many helpful family history references worldwide
  53. HQO is available in FHC's and is probably available to you at home through a local public or academic library.

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