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ProQuest Acquires Heritage Quest

ProQuest's Information and Learning unit (http://www.il.proquest.com) has announced that it has acquired Heritage Quest, a Salt Lake City-based genealogical information company, from Sierra On-Line, Inc., a division of Vivendi Universal Publishing. With holdings of more than 250,000 publications and titles, Heritage Quest is the largest genealogical information provider in the U.S. The acquisition expands ProQuest's genealogical information offerings for libraries.

The Heritage Quest product line—which includes the Heritage Quest Web-based information service (http://www.heritagequest.com), as well as microfilm, CD-ROMs, and print products (Heritage Quest magazine, Genealogy Bulletin, more than 400 books, and more than 100 indexes)—will be added to ProQuest's genealogical resources, including the Genealogy and Local History Online database and Sanborn Maps Online. To date, Heritage Quest information comprises more than 3 terabytes of digitized data, with more digitization planned.

"Of particular value are the complete historical U.S. census records dating from 1790 to 1920, which are handwritten," said Joe Reynolds, president and CEO of ProQuest Information and Learning. These online census records will be fully indexed to extremely high standards and offered in full-page image, so users can view documents in their original format. In addition to the census records, ProQuest will expand its offerings with other content from Heritage Quest, including military records, ship passenger lists, county records, selected state censuses, Native American records, marriage records, local and family histories, African-American family records, city directories, and more.

ProQuest will begin to integrate the Heritage Quest data into its genealogical databases immediately. Current subscribers to Genealogy and Local History Online, ProQuest's Web-based genealogy database for libraries, will have access to census data by late fall. The ProQuest product will support remote access, a key benefit for patrons who use library resources offsite.

Source: ProQuest Information and Learning



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