Thought the following genealogical announcement I received from a
might be of interest to you. I can not vouch for this
passing along the information.
Have a Happy & Safe Independence Day!
Heritage Quest Completes Digitization of entire U.S. Census
The following is a press release from Heritage Quest:
Bountiful, UT--Heritage Quest Genealogical Services
the completion of its massive digitization project of
entire U.S. Federal Census Records from 1790 to
project, which has taken over two years, makes
genealogists and other researchers enhanced digital
all 12,555 rolls of census microfilm in easy-to-use
format for home computer use. Each roll of
microfilm has a
corresponding CD that is numbered with the National
and Record Administration (NARA) number. The
microfilm images are stored as databases and are
CD's on demand. Orders for the digital microfilm
are processed within three days of the time they are
The development of digital census records on CD-ROM
available to anyone interest in family history
single most important resource for finding and
ancestors. In the past, complete census
microfilms have only
been available at about 20 locations in the U.S., or
library loan film rental. This has frustrated
genealogists and lengthened the research
process. By making
the census records available on CD-ROM, the ease and
with which research can be done is greatly
Details and ordering information are available via
or by calling 800-
Indexes speed up the research process. To speed up searches
even more Heritage Quest is creating name indexes for each
census year and has completed indexes for 1790, 1800 and 1870.
Indexes for some other census years will be completed in the
next few months. In the process of re-indexing previously
indexed censuses, like the 1790 and 1800, thousands of errors,
missed names, townships, and counties have been added or
Enhanced images make reading the records easier. Anyone who
has used census microfilm will tell you that many of the
images are too dark, too light, or too scratched to read.
Through the enhanced digitization process, which Heritage
Quest has developed, most of these problems have been
eliminated. Names and other census information long un-
recognizable are now available.
Further ease of census research is possible through state-of-
the-art software. Each census CD-ROM comes with state-of-the-
art software that allows the user to enlarge the census image
to any size, so that difficult letters or numbers can be
examined. Images can be sized for easy scanning of pages,
selected for copying to disc or printer, and cut and pasted
into documents. By holding down the right mouse button, a
special magnifier is activated and can be moved with the mouse
for quick and easy reading of census images. Click on an icon
and the census page changes from a positive (black on white)
to a negative (white on black) image. The user-friendly
software also features pointer navigation, left and right, top
and bottom, and other useful features.
Hunting for SPRADLEY and KETCHUM
families. SPRADLEYs from SC to
TX via Al & GA. KETCHUMs to TX via
VA-TN-KY AL-IL. Some were preachers
and some were outlaws! Check my WWW
page for a searchable data base
of my ancestors.
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