I was redirected here when I checked out the original message, and although I'm not Gail, I thought I would answer your question.
Heritage Quest is Free through your local library website. If you have a library card, many libraries across the country offer free access from home to HQ, by clicking onto it by going to their library website. It offers all of the Census records, as well as People and Places collections of books of all kinds, as well as the Revolutionary War Pension Applications, and the Freedmen's Bank Records, all absolutely free. If you don't know whether or not your library offers Heritage Quest, give them a call, and they should be able to tell you.