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September 04, 2006 Reminder: HeritageQuest Online May Be Free for You You may be able to access images of U.S. census records, more than 20,000 fully searchable genealogy and local history books, images of Revolutionary War Pension applications, PERSI, and more, all from the comfort of your home. The records are available on HeritageQuest Online, a service from ProQuest Information and Learning.
The free access is available to millions of American residents through their local, regional, and state libraries. However, not everyone has "gotten the word."
This was brought to my attention by a recent message posted to this newsletter's discussion boards, stating, "We have none of the ProQuest data available in our state for public access -- that includes the Historical Newspapers and the new ProQuest Obituaries. It is very frustrating and "
I believe the writer is mistaken. It seems that EVERY resident of that writer's home state already can obtain free access to ProQuest's popular HeritageQuest Online. I thought I would post a reminder here that millions of American residents can obtain free in-home access to HeritageQuest Online right now.
You can obtain more information about this access in the Encyclopedia of Genealogy at http://www.eogen.com/HeritageQuestOnline.
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Diversity Brings Breadth to U.S. History American students often get the impression from history classes that the British got here first, settling Jamestown, Virginia, in 1607. They hear about how white Northerners freed the black slaves, how Asians came in the mid-1800s to build Western railroads. The lessons have left out a lot.
Forty-two years before Jamestown, Spaniards and American Indians lived in St. Augustine, Florida. At least several thousand Latinos and nearly 200,000 black soldiers fought in the Civil War. And Asian-Americans had been living in California and Louisiana since the 1700s. Yet such details are rarely mentioned in American history books.
Now, more of these and other lesser-known facts about American minorities are getting more attention. The main reason is the nation's growing diversity. The nation is slowly awakening to the fact that our freedom was won by whites, blacks, Hispanics, and Orientals alike. Advancements in art, literature, industry and sports were made by the people with widely varied ethnic origins.
Erin Texeira of the Associated Press has written an excellent article about America's diversity. I think it should be required reading for all Americans, especially students. You can read the article on many newspaper web sites. I found it on the Seattle Post Intelligencer at http://seattlepi.nwsource.com/national/1110AP_Forgotten_History.html.
From Dick Eastman's Online Genealogy Newsletter
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