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Heritage Quest database getting new look and feel

Screenshot of new and old versions of Heritage Quest

Coming March 4, 2015, HeritageQuest Online, one of the two leading genealogy databases offered at the Jasper County Public Library, will be improved and enhanced with a much richer content set and a more powerful, intuitive interface.

Among the content changes coming in this upgrade:

  • Complete 1790-1940 U.S. Federal Census with images and every-name indexes for all years
  • Additional census records such as Mortality and Non-Population Schedules, Indian Census Rolls, and more
  • Expanded collection of genealogy and local history books and city directories with an all-new user interface, thumbnail images and hit highlighting
  • Complete Revolutionary War Pension and Bounty Land record collection (NARA M804)
  • Freedman’s Bank Records with full-page register view
  • Periodical Source Index Archive (PERSI), 1800-2009
  • U.S. Serial Set Memorials, Petitions and Private Relief Actions
  • All-new research aids
  • Interactive census maps

The product will have a more modern look and feel that will make it easier to use and help streamline the research process for genealogists, including an all-new image viewer with more functionality, the option of grayscale or color images, as well as ADA Section 508 compliance to make information technology accessible to people with disabilities.

To accomodate the technology changes needed to achieve these goals, HeritageQuest Online may no longer work on older web browers and operating systems.

The site will be optimized to perform best on current versions of Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, Apple Safari, and Microsoft Internet Explorer 9 or newer (IE 11+ is recommended).  Microsoft Internet Explorer 8 or older will no longer be supported. 

The new HeritageQuest Online may work in discontinued operating systems (such as Windows XP) and browsers, but they will not guarantee compatibility or make fixes. Useful Microsoft Support information about each version of Internet Explorer can be found at

For more information about genealogy at the Jasper County Public Library, visit our Genealogy and History section. For more information about resources you can use at home and at the library, visit our Databases collection.