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Library Corner
by Duncan R. McCoy, Director
Boulder City Library

Heritage Quest
Last month’s article was serious stuff, so this month we’ll talk about having some fun with family history. The Library recently purchased a subscription to an online genealogical database called “Heritage Quest.” Although we do get a lot of requests for books to buy, I think this is the first time anyone has specifically asked us to get a database product.

Heritage Quest is an online database that will allow you to search for your ancestors in Census Records, books, magazine articles and Revolutionary War records. It’s not that difficult to do and can be done from your home computer or from one of the internet computers at the Library. From the address bar on your web browser (Windows Explorer, Netscape, etc.) type the following address: heritage questonline.com/barcode?aid=13035 and hit ENTER.

You will see an entry screen to type in your Boulder City Library card number (2-1432-XXXXX-XXXX). Once you are in, you can type names to search in US Census Records from 1790-1920, you can also search Revolutionary War Records, books and magazine articles for the name you want to look up.

I tried searching for my grandparents, great-grandparents, and on back and was able to locate many of them in old Pennsylvania and New York Census Records. It helps to know approximately where your ancestors lived at the time of the Census. Heritage Quest will bring up a photocopy of the Census page for the township and county, organized by household, and you’ll be able to see names, ages and relationships of everyone in the household.

This is really pretty neat and, if you are interested in genealogy, you can have a lot of fun with Heritage Quest.

Heritage Quest is available to Boulder City residents with valid Boulder City Library cards. In order to get in, you’ll need a library card with a number series that starts with “2-1432-XXXXX-XXXX.” If you’re a Boulder City resident but have a library card issued by Las Vegas-Clark County Library District (2-1133-XXXXX-XXXX) or Henderson Libraries (2-1431-XXXXX-XXXX), please stop by Boulder City Library and we’ll be happy to reissue you a library card that works with Heritage Quest.

Contact the Boulder City Library at www.bclibrary.org



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