HeritageQuest Online is a comprehensive treasury of American genealogical sources—rich in unique primary sources, local and family histories, convenient research guides, interactive census maps, and more.
Discover the amazing history of you with HeritageQuest Online. It delivers an essential collection of genealogical and historical sources—with coverage dating back to the 1700s—that can help people find their ancestors and discover a place’s past.
Now powered by Ancestry.com, this amazing collection consists of the following core data sets:
- U.S. Federal Censuses feature the original images of every extant federal census in the United States, from 1790 through 1940, with every-name indexes for all years.
- Genealogy and local history books and directories deliver more than 40,000 family histories, local histories, city directories, and other books.
- Revolutionary War records contains original images from pension and bounty land warrant application files help to identify more than 80,000 American Army, Navy, and Marine officers and enlisted men from the Revolutionary War era.
- Freedman’s Bank Records, with more than 480,000 names of bank applicants, their dependents, and heirs from 1865–1874, and full-page register views, it offers valuable data that can provide important clues to tracing African American ancestors prior to and immediately after the U.S. Civil War. It is considered one of the most important resources for African-American genealogical research.
- U.S. Serial Set records the memorials, petitions, private relief actions made to the U.S. Congress back to 1789, with a total of more than 480,000 pages of information.
With a robust search interface, thumbnail images, hit highlighting, easy-to-use tools, and convenient in-library or remote access through Moline Library website (under the Catalogs & Databases tab), HeritageQuest is a valuable resource to any family history publications or genealogist.
The clues are out there waiting. Let HeritageQuest Online help you to find them.
I’m assuming that most of our blog readers probably have the basics down, but if you don’t, or you know someone who doesn’t, don’t hesitate to register for one or both of our introductory classes today.
Literacy in a Digital World
On 8 September, 2017 a global event will be organized at UNESCO’s Headquarters in Paris, with the overall aim to look at what kind of literacy skills people need to navigate increasingly digitally-mediated societies, and to explore effective literacy policies and programs that can leverage the opportunities that the digital world provides.
At record speed, digital technologies are fundamentally changing the way people live, work, learn and socialize everywhere. They are giving new possibilities to people to improve all areas of their lives including access to information; knowledge management; networking; social services; industrial production, and mode of work. However, those who lack access to digital technologies and the knowledge, skills and competencies required to navigate them, can end up marginalized in increasingly digitally driven societies. Literacy is one such essential skill.
Visit UNESCO’s site to learn more and help spread the word about the importance literacy.
Sorry. Got a little excited there.
But, as we all know, September is National Library Card Sign Up Month.
It’s kind of a big deal (for libraries). So, if you don’t already have one, sign up for a library card today! You know, if you want to. It only gives you free access to what I am sure is literally tons of books (seriously, we have a lot of books), music, magazines, newspapers, audio books, graphic novels, eBooks and eAudiobooks (and those you don’t even have to come here for), the internet, a whole bunch of fancy databases and resources, etc! And if we don’t have it, we can probably get it for you from another library! Again, FOR FREE! Seriously, why is everyone not here everyday?!?!
I mean, I’m cool. Whatever. Do what you want.
Oh, and if you already have your card here are some other ways to participate in Library Card Sign Up Month.
Happy. Sad. A little sleepy.
No matter how they are feeling about it, Moline students are back to school today. Good luck on the 2017-2018 school year everyone!
For you Moline High School grads out there that are feeling nostalgic (or glad that you don’t have to go back), we’ve got something for you to. Check out our online collection of Moline High School Year Books from 1913-2013 at archive.org.
Consumer Health Complete supports the information needs of patients and fosters an overall understanding of health-related topics. This resource provides content covering all key areas of health and wellness, from mainstream medicine to the many perspectives of complementary and holistic medicine. You can find in on the list of “Catalogs & Databases” on our website. All you need is your library card number to log into the resource.
- More than 500 full-text journals and magazines
- More than 240 full-text health reference books and encyclopedias
- More than 2,600 full-text evidence-based health reports
- Nearly 500 medical images and diagrams
- Nearly 250 animations with audio narration
- Dozens of articles covering teen health topics
- Full-text consumer health pamphlets and leaflets
- Drugs and alcohol
- Nutrition and dietetics