.....If you are a member in good standing of any library allowing on-line access to Heritage Quest, use your library card. In your browser's address bar type in www.(name of your library).com. In most library homesites there will be a clickable usually labelled "Online Databases OR Databases" Next, find and click on: "Heritage Quest Online (remote access from home).."
Click on the link: usually, "Click Here to Enter Heritage Quest...." Type in your library barcode in the box provided. The form is a 14 digit or number series, e.g., "1rdcpl000000000".
One only has to call their local library for the Password.
HQ will present you with 5 search links to Census, Books, PERSI, Revolutionary War, and Freedman's Bank. Select the one you want to search.
NOTE on Censuses: All available Census images are on-line, but not all are indexed. 1880, for example, is only partially indexed, but you can still view the images by switching to browse mode. Hint: You can search a transcription of the 1880 Census through the website: www.familysearch.org. Once you determine the page numbers use this HeritageQuest site to browse the actual images. Complete U.S. Federal Census, 1790-1930. The page images and corresponding indexes for the entire census, 1790-1930 are included in HeritageQuest Online.
NOTE on Books: Many, Many of the traditional county histories (Goodspeed, etc.) are included in this data base. Searching for them is a bit different. Keep trying. Limited downloads are possible.
NOTE on PERSI: PERSI is an index to genealogical periodicals. The periodicals themselves are not online. They must be viewed at the Allen County Library (Ft. Wayne, IN) or a few other libraries. PERSI™ - The PERiodical Source Index is a comprehensive subject index covering more than 6,500 genealogy and local history periodicals written in English and French (Canada) since 1800.
NOTE on Revolutionary War: This data base includes service and pension records of Revolutionary War veterans and their widows. Revolutionary War Pension and Bounty Land Warrant Application Files. This HeritageQuest collection details records of 80,000+ individuals who served in the Revolutionary War and contains both genealogical and historical information. Each veteran's file usually contains six or more pages on each veteran and normally includes the veteran's former rank, unit, and period of service, age or date of birth, residence, and sometimes-genealogical information on other family members.
NOTE on Freedman's Bank: This bank was founded to serve the black community after the Civil War.