Friday, December 19, 2008


Posted by Linda Koch, Reference Librarian at Allegan (MI) Public Library, on GeneaLib:

“There is a wonderful online PowerPoint presentation on how to use HeritageQuest by Edwina A. Morgan, Special Collections Librarian at The Library of Michigan:

At Home with Heritage Quest 2008

This presentation was done at a workshop in 2008 at the Library of Michigan. I was surprised at how many Michigan librarians had never used HeritageQuest. If I had to pick either Ancestry or HQ, Ancestry's larger databases would win hands down, but HQ offers some unique resources and has all the census years. Granted, the lack of an index for 1930 and some other census years is a drawback, but many times Ancestry or HQ will have different quality images or different transcriptions of the same entries. The Native American translations of names in both are often wrong, and a few times one or the other has omitted an entry, especially when a household is continued on the next census page. I use both and search both to cross check names when compiling a surname record, and I sometimes have found "lost" people for patrons who had searched Ancestry but not HQ.

In the books section of HQ, photos of buildings and detailed scenes are often darkened to a point of being useless when compared to the photos in the original book, but many of the books are difficult to find in most collections and offer search capabilities.

I hope that this is helpful. Edwina Morgan has done a commendable job of hitting the main points.”


Linda Koch
Reference & Adult Services Librarian
The Allegan Public Library
331 Hubbard St.
Allegan, MI 49010
269-673-4625; FAX 269-673-8661
open: M-Th 10-9; F & Sa 9-5:30

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