Saturday, June 2, 2012

Link between HeritageQuest and FamilySearch.org


HeritageQuestOnline.com has a new direct link to FamilySearch.org's Learning Center. As far as I am aware, this is the first time that a major online subscription database has created a direct link to a FamilySearch website. Clicking on the link takes you directly to a list of available online genealogical research courses. When you choose one of the courses, you go directly to the course online on FamilySearch.org.

HeritageQuestOnline.com is available only through public libraries across the U.S. Access to the program is obtained by having a library card and a login for the library's online resources. I usually get access through the Maricopa County Public Library System, where I have a library card.

It was also interesting to note that HeritageQuest's parent company, ProQuest.com is a major supplier of online research services to libraries. Here is a listing of some their genealogical offerings in addition to HeritageQuest:

I also noticed that ProQuest is now listed as one of the major corporate and organization sponsors of the 1940 U.S. Census Project. On May 10, 2012, ProQuest issued a press release stating:

ProQuest is joining forces with Archives.com, FamilySearch International, and findmypast.com in the 1940 US Census Community Project, a collaborative effort to index the contents of the newly released U.S. 1940 Census. ProQuest will add the new census content to its acclaimed HeritageQuest Online, one of libraries' most valued and widely used genealogical tools. ProQuest's participation in the project provides major financial support to the indexing effort, which enables all its partners to ingest content more affordably, providing timely delivery to their users.
 With the addition of the link directly from ProQuest to FamilySearch, it certainly looks like the connection between the two services will extend beyond simply hosting the Census. 


1 comment:

  1. Interesting!

    Considering that Ancestry recently purchased Archives.com, one is left to wonder if ProQuest will, at some future date, also be offering a link to Ancestry's Learning Center to augment their Ancestry® Library Edition.

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