Tuesday, November 18, 2008

HeritageQuest from Home with Your Library Card

You may have free access to HeritageQuest on-line from home through your public library. HeritageQuest collections include census records, Freedman's Bank records, digitized books, PERSI, and a variety of other information sources - all from home. 

Find your library's home page and look for a list of databases available through the library.  Every library's page will be a bit different, so look!  If you live in Williamsburg, Virginia, you'd get to Heritage Quest as follows:
  1. Go to wrl.org and move your cursor to hover over [What We Have], then click to select  [Research and Databases].
  2. Select [Genealogy and Biography] from the "Find it online" list.
  3. Scroll down to [HeritageQuest Online] and click to access the database.
  4. Enter the barcode number from the back of your library card (leaving out the spaces).
Search away! Remember to start broad and general (last name, state), and narrow your search, if necessary.

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