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Ostfriesen Heritage Society

November 3, 2013
Reinbeck Courier

The Ostfriesen Heritage Society wishes to announce the purchase of Ancestry Library Edition and Heritage Quest. Both are online subscription which have been purchased for one year. Ancestry Library Edition can only be used in the Wellsburg Public Library. Heritage Quest can be used in the library but also remotely. You will need to obtain the instructions/permission from the Wellsburg Public Library on remote usage.

The William R. Riekena Charitable trust funded the Ancestry Edition and Heritage Quest is a memorial given in memory of George Saathoff.

Some major features of Ancestry Library Edition (ALE) are: largest and broadest online collection of genealogical records, with more than 4 billion names, original, full-text images in many collections, simple easy-to-find images in many collections, and new content added weekly. It includes state censuses, 1890 U.S. Census Substitute, 1901-1911 Census of Canada, 1841 to 1901 United Kingdom, Scotland and Ireland Census-includes name indexes linked to original images. Also Immigration collection-New York and San Francisco, Passenger Lists with images, New Orleans passenger lists. Military records collection, birth, marriage and death collections.

Major features of Heritage Quest: unique content, east and powerful searching, original, full-text images in most collections, new and growing collections, search history and online notebook. Remote access available through instruction/permission from the Wellsburg Public Library.

U.S. Federal images for 1790 to 1930, original full-text images for all decades, online version of "Map Guide to the U.S. Federal Censuses 1790-1930 linked to each state, over 24,000 family histories, local histories, and primary sources linked to 6 million full-text images. Includes compiled genealogies, documentary collections, church records, military records, vital records, city directories and more.

You will be able to search (PERSI) Periodical Source Index which is a comprehensive subject index covering 2 million genealogy and local history periodicals indexed from over 6,500 periodicals written in English and French (Canada) since 1800.

Search Revolutionary War Pension Application Records and Bounty-Land Warrants-selected genealogical records from 80,000+ application files that are based on the participation of American Officers and enlisted men.

Freedman's Bank Records-The Freedman Savings and Trust Company was the primary bank for America's freed slaves and others from 1865 to 1874. Documents more than 70,000 bank depositors and nearly 480,000 of their dependents and heirs.

LexisNexis U.S. Serial Set will add memorials, petitions, private relief actions, and many more sources from over 480,000 pages of images with 150,000 U.S. Congressional documents dating back to 1789.

These are very valuable genealogical tools-make use of them while they are available. Visit the Wellsburg Public Library (64l-869-5234) in searching for answers to that "brick wall" you have encountered!

A workshop is planned for June 28, 2014 and it will include information on the usage of these valuable tools. Contact Dee Lindaman (641-869-3891) for more information on the workshop or the usage of the online subscriptions. The Wellsburg Librarians will also be able to help you with the usage of Ancestry Library Edition and Heritage Quest.



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