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Genealogy Databases

HeritageQuest Online

Beginning and professional genealogists can use this powerful online resource to trace family histories and American culture from the convenience of their home or at the library. HeritageQuest is a valuable tool for middle school students to adults to research local history projects. HeritageQuest features:

·         Genealogy & Local History Collection of over 20,000 book titles, including nearly 8,000 family histories and over 12,000 local histories, in addition to more than 250 primary source documents such as tax lists, city directories, church and probate records, and more.

·         1790-1940 U.S. Federal Census with complete original images, plus many head-of-household name indexes.

·         Periodical Source Index (PERSI), a comprehensive subject index covering more than 6,300 genealogy and local history periodicals written in English and French (Canada) since 1800.

·         Revolutionary War Pension and Bounty Land Warrant Application Files, which identifies more than 80,000 Americans who served in the war.

·         Freedman’s Bank Records (1865-1874) which was founded to serve African-Americans.

To access this database from home or work click Research Databases, then enter your Ascension Parish Library card number. Select HeritageQuest and begin your search.


Ancestry Library Edition

Ancestry Library Edition is a genealogy research tool created for library users. It gives patrons instant access to a wide range of unique resources for genealogical and historical research. With more than 4 billion names in over 4,000 databases, Ancestry Library Edition includes records from the United States census; military records; court, land, and probate records; vital and church records; directories; passenger lists, and more. Similar information is also available for the United Kingdom and some European countries.

Access to this database is only available from within the library. Click Research Databases, then select Ancestry Library Edition.

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