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HeritageQuest® Online

Browse Options

The Browse options differ by collection:

  • Census
    • The primary U.S. Federal Census search page does not offer a browse option, but...
    • The individual census datasets (e.g., 1870 U.S. Federal Census) have a right-side browse option with the following fields
      • First select a State or Territory from the list included in that year.
      • Then choose a County from the list included in that year.
      • Then click a Township name to see all the pages of that year's census for that specific location.
  • Books
    • The primary Books search page does not offer a browse option, but...
    • From the Publications page, when a title has been selected to search, the Browse options will appear in the right side of the title search page and typically include links to the following sections of the title:
      • Front matter
      • Title page
      • Chapters / first page of the body
      • Back matter
  • Revolutionary War
    • On the right side of the search page:
      • Choose first from the First Letter of Surname field.
      • Then choose from the Surname Range listings.
      • Further refine the range of Surnames that you would like to look at, clicking on the range to view the associated documents.
      • The first image for that range will load in the Interactive Image Viewer with the Filmstrip view of thumbnails open at the bottom for easy navigation between pages. 
  • Freedman's Bank
    • On the right side of the search page:
      • Choose the State name.
      • Then select the Year of the records that you would like to review.
      • The first image for that location and year will load in the Interactive Image Viewer with the Filmstrip view of thumbnails open at the bottom for easy navigation between pages.

Interactive Image Viewer

Because HeritageQuest Online is now powered by, there is access to the Interactive Image Viewer. The Interactive Image Viewer allows the user to:

  • Zoom In/Out and Pan Up/Down/Left/Right.
    • Use the mouse scroll wheel to zoom or move up/down by checking/unchecking the option in the Tools Menu.
  • Rotate the image clockwise or counter clockwise, 90º at a time.
  • Flip the image horizontally or vertically.
  • Invert the colors.
  • Print, Save, or Send the image to the user's Discoveries Page (email address required). (Learn more about these options on the Email, Print, and Save page of this guide.)
  • Switch between  the preferred image viewer and access options for loading images more quickly during the current session.
  • Jump to other images within the dataset with the by entering the page number in the box next to the total number of pages at the bottom of the page or use the Right or Left facing arrows to move backward and forward through consecutive pages.
  • Filmstrip view
    • ​​See a series of thumbnail images of other images in the dataset; click on a thumbnail to load that image.

The viewer also has special features for specific collections such as the 1910-1940 US Federal Census records! 

  • The name of the person searched will appear highlighted in yellow, while the other household members will appear in a light green.
  • As you move the mouse around the page, a beige highlight will appear on the line where the mouse is pointing. 
  • When zooming in and panning across an image: 
    • A dynamic header will appear that contains the names of the column headers.
    • A dynamic side bar will appear with the names enumerated on the page.
      • These two options make it easier to track data across the page as different levels of zoom.
  • These features will be added to other census collections in the near future! 

Save Records to Your Discoveries Page

The newest addition to Ancestry Library Edition, the Discoveries Page is the fastest way to save records of interest for viewing and printing later.

1.      On the Results page, click the title of a record you are interested in to view the Record Information Page.

2.      Select the “Send document” button on the left-hand side of the Record Information Page.

3.      Enter and confirm your email address.

4.      An email will be sent to the address you entered and that record will be added to your personal Discoveries Page. A maximum of 300 items can be stored in your Discoveries Page. Click the “View your discoveries” link to see your saved records.

NOTE: Regardless of how many items you save each day, only one email will be sent per 12 to 24 hour period. Keep at least one of these emails so that you have access to the URL that will direct you to your Discoveries Page.