State Library offers new resources for genealogy buffs
June 14, 2005
The South Dakota State Library has licensed two new databases for use by the public. The databases, HeritageQuest Online and Digital Sanborn Maps, offer a wealth of information.
HeritageQuest Online joins the Ancestry Library edition database as a resource for genealogy researchers. HeritageQuest assists novice and professional genealogists in tracing their family histories by providing information from the following resources:
* ProQuest's Genealogy and Local History Collection allows information retrieval from more than 25,000 family and local history books.
* The Complete U.S. Federal Census 1790-1930 provides versatility, offering searches in a wide array of categories.
* The Periodical Sources Index (PERSI) offers a comprehensive subject index that covers 6,500 genealogy and local history periodicals.
* The Revolutionary War Era Pension and Bounty-Land Warrant Applications Files provides information about 80,000 individuals who served in the Revolutionary War.
Digital Sanborn Maps provides detailed maps from 1867 to 1970 for more than 80 South Dakota towns. The digital maps allow users greater flexibility and viewing possibilities than their microfilm predecessors. The maps work great for anyone wanting to track the growth, history or development of a town. Users can find information such as the shape and size of buildings, construction materials, street names, property boundaries, building use and many other details.
Both databases can be accessed at no cost via the State Library's website at www.sdstatelibrary.com, or by using a computer at the public library.
You do need a State Library card to access the databases listed. For a card, free of charge, go to the library website, call 1-800-423-6665, or write the library at 800 Governors Drive, Pierre, SD 57501.