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ProQuest Unveils HeritageQuest Online, Completes New York Times Digitization

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ProQuest Unveils HeritageQuest Online, Completes New York Times Digitization

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ProQuest Information and Learning has announced the release of HeritageQuest Online, a Web-based genealogy resource developed specifically for library patrons. The company also announced that it has fully digitized the complete backfile (1851-1999) of The New York Times as part of its ProQuest Historical Newspapers program.

HeritageQuest Online

HeritageQuest Online combines primary source materials from the UMI Genealogy & Local History Online product and multiple resources from genealogy publisher Heritage Quest (which was acquired by ProQuest last summer). It includes the following attributes:

* High-quality census indexing (all names are verified before indexing, for a 99-percent accuracy rate)

* Remote access for library patrons

* Access to all available U.S. census records (with full page images that allow users to see handwritten entries in early census data)

* Multiple search elements, such as personal name (first and/or last), place (state, county, town, or other), demographic information (age, sex, race, and birthplace), type of material (periodicals, monographs, obituaries, and census), and keywords (company names, topics, dates, or other)

* Full-text searching and full page image display

In this first release of HeritageQuest Online, complete census data from 1790, 1800, 1810, and 1870 is fully indexed and viewable in full page image. In addition, 1840 census data is fully browsable by locality (with name indexing to be included soon). …

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