Friday, June 26, 2015

Two billion new records available to patrons of subscribing libraries

Family History Research Goes Beyond Borders with International Content in HeritageQuest Online

ANN ARBOR, Mich., June 26, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- Later this summer, family history enthusiasts and genealogical experts around the world will have access to more than two billion new records inHeritageQuest® Online. This popular and authoritative resource—powered by Ancestry and distributed by ProQuest—is one of the largest genealogical databases available to libraries and will include records from more than 60 countries.
Appealing to libraries and researchers worldwide, the new content includes:

  • More than one billion birth, baptism, marriage, death and census records from the US, Canada,Europe, Africa, and Asia
  • 915 million US public records, including the Social Security Death Index
  • 133 million cemetery indexes from the US, Canada, Europe and Australia
  • More than 7 million names identified in a new map collection
  • 600,000 images from the Library of Congress Photo Collection, 1840-2000

HeritageQuest Online, with its remote access and international content, offers libraries an updated and comprehensive research database enabling any patron's quest to discover available ancestral information from historical documents published worldwide.
"Our relationship with ProQuest has allowed us to add new functionality to the HeritageQuest Online product and we are pleased that we are now able to also bring more content to the platform," said Brian Hansen, Vice President of Emerging Businesses at Ancestry.
"For the full benefit and delight of our users, who need deep and substantial genealogical data from across all continents, Ancestry and ProQuest have again evolved HeritageQuest Online to enable library patrons fill in the blank spaces of their family histories and stories," said Andon Baltakov, Vice President of Product Management at ProQuest. "ProQuest will continue to offer authoritative resources that advance and transform the research experience for the growing community of genealogists and family history enthusiasts."
HeritageQuest Online is a vital genealogy resource for libraries, and complements the library editions of Ancestry.com and Fold3.com. Searching of this vast and diverse collection of global records is simplified with customized search filtering, such as exact match, phonetic, location, and more. ProQuest is the market leader in providing libraries with the greatest scope of genealogical resources and historical databases, encompassing both primary and secondary sources.
About ProQuest (http://www.proquest.com)
ProQuest connects people with vetted, reliable information. Key to serious research, the company's products are a gateway to the world's knowledge including dissertations, governmental and cultural archives, news, historical collections and ebooks. ProQuest technologies serve users across the critical points in research, helping them discover, access, share, create and manage information.
The company's cloud-based technologies offer flexible solutions for librarians, students and researchers through the ProQuest®, Bowker®, Coutts® information services, Dialog®, ebrary®, EBL™, and SIPX®businesses – and notable research tools such as the Summon® discovery service, the Flow®collaboration platform, MyiLibrary® ebook platform, the Pivot® research development tool and the Intota™ library services platform. The company is headquartered in Ann Arbor, Michigan, with offices around the world.
SOURCE ProQuest

Thursday, June 25, 2015

Press Release: FindMyPast.com announces new Library Edition for libraries and organizations

This is great news - FindMyPast.com is one of, if not the best subscription website for research in the United Kingdom.

Salt Lake City – June 25, 2015

Findmypast, a global leader in family history, announced today the official release of their product for libraries and organizations in the United States. The Findmypast Library Edition gives library access to billions of records from Findmypast’s wide array of collections from the United States, Ireland, England, Wales, Scotland, and other areas of the world. Collection highlights include:

·         Largest online collection of parish records from the United Kingdom
·         Exclusive access to the new PERiodical Source Index (now with images)
·         
Most comprehensive Irish family history records in the world


Amongst the billions of records now available to library patrons is the new PERiodical Source Index (PERSI). PERSI, a popular tool used by genealogists, includes more than 2.5 million indexed entries from thousands of genealogical and local history publications. For the first time, images of articles have been included in the collection – with more being added on a regular basis.

“We are delighted to bring the best resource for British and Irish family history to America’s library market,” said Annelies van den Belt, CEO of Findmypast.

The Library Edition provides tools for patrons to work in tandem with a library’s subscription and at home. Individual user accounts allow patrons to build their own family tree, save records from the library’s subscription, and continue working on their family tree.  Library patrons will also have access to Findmypast’s Hints, which aids in the discovery of records from their own family tree.

Librarians can contact librarysales@findmypast.com for further information, pricing, and to start a free 90-day free trial of the product.