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Topic: Researching Your Family History — Genealogy Databases

A guide to support UNIV 1820 and general genealogy/family history research

HeritageQuest Online (FREE with a CT State Library Card)

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Connecticut provides access to Heritage Quest to everyone with a Connecticut State Library card.

HeritageQuest Online includes:

  • Census: Find ancestors in the complete set of U.S. Federal Census images from 1790-1940, including name indexes for many years
  • Books - Find information on people and places described in over 23,000 family and local histories
  • Revolutionary War - Search selected records from the Revolutionary War Era Pension & Bounty-Land Warrant Application Files
  • Freedman's Bank - Search for individuals in Freedman's Bank (1865-1874), which was founded to serve African Americans
  • U.S. Serial Set - Search the Memorials, Petitions, and Private Relief Actions of the U.S. Congress in the LexisNexis U.S Serial Set
  • Cemeteries - index
  • City Directories
  • Military Records
  • Immigration and Naturalization Records
  • SSDI (Social Security Death Index)
  • Map and Photo Collection
  • Wills and Probate Records
  • Public Records 



Help Using Genealogy Databases

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Some libraries have Ancestry Library Edition (ALE) available for free when you visit their facilities. What is the difference between ALE and ALE does NOT  include member trees, DNA, hint leaves..... 

Check with your local library to see if ALE is offered.