GALVESTON — The Rosenberg Library offers a large number of free online databases covering a wide variety of interests and topics.

One such database is HeritageQuest Online, which provides extensive genealogical and historical resources for those looking to research their family history.

HeritageQuest can be accessed from home or within the library’s computer lab by visiting the library’s website, clicking on “All Online Databases” under the “e-Library” tab and selecting “HeritageQuest Online” under the “History, Genealogy & Anthropology” tab.

With millions of records, an easy-to-use interface and the convenience of remote access, genealogical research is easier than ever before.

Once patrons are connected to HeritageQuest Online, they will discover several paths to finding information via six database collections.

The U.S. Federal Census collection compiles the complete records of every census from 1790-1940 and contains more than 140 million names.

More than 28,000 family histories, local histories and genealogical books have been digitized, numbering more than 7 million pages.

The Periodical Source Index is a comprehensive index of genealogy and local history periodicals dating back to 1800.

More than 80,000 American Army, Navy and Marine servicemen can be identified through HeritageQuest Online’s Revolutionary War Records.

The Freedman’s Bank Records collect the names of more than 480,000 African-Americans before and immediately following the Civil War.

Last but not least, the U.S. Congressional Serial Set compiles more than 480,000 pages of petitions, memorials and congressional actions dating back to 1789.

All HeritageQuest Online collections can be searched by surname, given name, date or location for easy identification of ancestors.

Search results for each query feature high-resolution digital images and records that can be printed, emailed downloaded or saved to a virtual notebook for future access.

In addition to HeritageQuest Online’s extensive collection of genealogical records, patrons also have access to its learning center, which offers a variety of free video lectures, presentations and articles that aid users in their genealogical research.

Call 409-763-8854, Exts. 115 or 116 or email reference@rosenberg-library.org.

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