Heritage Quest

What is it?

  • HeritageQuest Online is a comprehensive treasury of American genealogical sources – rich in unique primary resources, local and family histories, and finding aids.

  • It delivers an essential collection of genealogical and historical sources – with coverage dating back to the 1700s – that can help people find their ancestors and discover a place’s past.

Getting Started

Access HeritageQuest Online through any web browser:

  1. Go to the library’s website and click on the orange Research & Learning button and then on the Articles, Research & Information button.

  2. Click on Genealogy and then on the HeritageQuest Online link. You will be prompted to log in with your Patron ID # (back of card) and PIN number.

Using HeritageQuest Online

  1. The home page of HeritageQuest consists of 3 tabs: Search, Research Aids, and Maps.

  2. Search allows you to search census records, military records, city directories, and more. Use criteria such as keywords, names, location, year, and various life events. When viewing a record, the page will provide you with information on the individual, a scanned image of the original source when applicable, and a source citation. There is also often a scanned image of the original source which you can save to your computer or email to someone.

  3. The Research Aids tab gives you search tips and helpful information on how to get started doing ancestry and genealogy research, how to use the directories and resources available in HeritageQuest, and what next steps you can take beyond the database.

  4. The Maps tab allows you to look at maps of all 50 states from 1790-1920 that show how the states and their counties have grown and changed over the years.