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Heritage Quest Online - Census Records

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User Rating 3 Star Rating (3 Reviews)


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Available free through subscribing libraries, Heritage Quest Online packs in an intutitive interface, fast downloads, and crisp census images. If your library doesn't subscribe, you're missing out! --Review last updated - April 2004


  • Free to members of subscribing libraries
  • Easy to use interface and crisp, enhanced images
  • Notebook feature helps you keep track of searches


  • Not available for individual subscription
  • No soundex or wildcard search options
  • Head of household indexes only


  • Includes census images for all decades 1790-1930.
  • Head of household indexes for 1790-1820, 1860, 1870, 1890, 1900-1910 and 1920-1930 (partial).
  • Available only as a library subscription, but offered free by participating libraries to members.
  • Advanced search options also include state, county, age, and birthplace, but no wildcard or soundex.
  • Census indexes prepared by Heritage Quest are much more accurate than the common AIS indexes.
  • Images appear in an HTML viewer, with no extra software required.
  • Full-screen, enhanced census images load quickly and are easy to read.
  • Black and white enhanced census images make viewing easier, but could possibly affect quality.
  • Census images are also available as negative images as an alternate opportunity for readability.
  • Handy notebook feature allows you to save census images and citations, and take online notes.

Guide Review - Heritage Quest Online - Census Records

Developed specifically for library patrons, Heritage Quest Online offers an intuitive, easy-to-use interface and clear, crisp census images. Searching is simple and offers a lot of options, although it lacks the ability to use wildcards or soundex to search for misspelled names. Available census indexes are highly accurate - much more so than commonly used AIS indexes. Census images download quickly and appear as full-screen, enhanced images, though some people claim that this enhancement could introduce errors. Images can be quickly downloaded and saved or printed in Tiff (non-compressed) or PDF format. Overall, Heritage Quest Online is the most flexible census offering available, if you can convince your library to subscribe!
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 3 out of 5
Why is this database not growing regularly?, Member All9

With minor exceptions, ProQuest seems to be ignoring this product. A number of censuses are still not every name indexed. Three have not even been started. When genealogy is such a popular hobby, I do not understand their business model. The steps for printing images are not clear and simple. There is no other website that I use for any subject which has five pages of instruction on how to print an image. I like that the census images load fast, but they can be hard to read. I have not found a way to send ProQuest indexing corrections.

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