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Treasury of American genealogical sources: unique primary sources, local and family histories, and finding aids. Includes searchable historical census, Freedman's Bank records, Revolutionary War records, and more.

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

18th Century or 20th Century. European or Native American. Farm or Factory. East Coast or West Coast. Where does your American past begin?

Discover the amazing history of you with HeritageQuest Online. 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.

The collection consists of five core data sets:

  • U.S. Federal Censuses feature the original images of every extant federal census in the United States, from 1790 through 1940, slave, veteran, and non-population schedules, and more related content. 
  • Genealogy and local history books provide more than 7 million digitized page images from over 28,000 family histories, local histories, and other books. 
  • Revolutionary War records provides access to the complete NARA Series M804 collection - Revolutionary War Pension and Bounty-Land Warrant Application Files, a collection of an estimated 83,000 application files from officers and enlisted men who served in the Revolutionary War in all branches of the American military: army, navy, and marines.
  • Freedman’s Bank Records, with more than 480,000 names of bank applicants, their dependents, and heirs from 1865–1874, offers valuable data that can provide important clues to tracing African American ancestors and researching the Reconstruction Era.

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  • U.S. Congressional Serial Set records the memorials, petitions, private relief actions made to the U.S. Congress back to 1789, with a total of more than 480,000 pages of information.

​HeritageQuest Online provides genealogical and historical sources for more than 60 countries, with coverage dating back as early as the 1700s.

  • Birth, Baptism, Marriage, Death and Census Records includes more than one billion names from the U.S., Canada, Europe, Mexico, Central and South America, Caribbean, Africa and Asia
  • Cemetery Indexes for the U.S., Canada, U.K. and Ireland, Australia and New Zealand, Norway, Sweden, Mexico, Germany, Italy, Brazil and Global Burials at Sea
  • Military Records include the U.S. Revolutionary War Pension and Bounty-Land Warrant Application Files 1800-1900 (NARA M804), U.S. Records of Confederate Prisoners of War 1861-1865, and the U.S. Remarried Widows Index to Pension Applications 1887-1942. Other military records include Colombia Military Records 1809-1958, Traunstein Bavaria Military Records, 1830-1918, Louisiana War of 1812 Pension Lists, Netherlands Army Service Records 1807-1929, U.S. Naval Enlistment Rendezvous 1855-1891, and more.
  • Immigration and Naturalization Records are included from selected U.S. states, Belgium, Brazil, Germany, Dominican Republic, Indonesia, and other countries.
  • Social Security Death Index (SSDI) containing over 94 million records of deceased persons with social security numbers whose deaths were reported to the Social Security Administration
  • U.S. Public Records Volumes 1-2, contains a compilation of 800 million various public records spanning all 50 U.S. states from 1950 to 1993
  • Map and Photo Collection with more than 7 million names identified and 600,000 images from the Library of Congress Photo Collection 1840-2000