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Ancestry and Heritage Quest - Comparison

The two databases are complementary, each offering data the other does not have. Records unique to HeritageQuest (HQ) include:

PERSI, the Periodical Source Index, is a comprehensive subject index covering more than 6,600 genealogy and local history periodicals written in English and French (Canada) between 1800 and 2009.

The Genealogy & Local History Collection has over 28,000 family and local history books, every word searchable. Every page of each book is presented and can be easily downloaded or copied.

The Freedman's Bank Records Collection documents more than 105,000 depositors and over 480,000 of their dependents and heirs. The primary bank for America's freed slaves from 1865-1874, it is considered one of the most important resources for African-American genealogical research.

Revolutionary War Pension and Bounty Land Warrant Application Files. This collection details records of 80,000+ individuals who served in the Revolutionary War and contains both genealogical and historical information.

U.S. Serial Set. A collection of documents and reports prepared for the U.S. Congress of the people and places on whose behalf Congressional action was sought during the period 1789-1969. 

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