Humanities › History & Culture Heritage Quest Online: Census Records Share Flipboard Email Print Hero Images / Getty Images History & Culture Genealogy Vital Records Around the World Basics Surnames Genealogy Fun American History African American History African History Ancient History and Culture Asian History European History Inventions Latin American History Medieval & Renaissance History Military History The 20th Century Women's History View More By Kimberly Powell Genealogy Expert Certificate in Genealogical Research, Boston University B.A., Carnegie Mellon University Kimberly Powell is a professional genealogist and the author of The Everything Guide to Online Genealogy. She teaches at the Genealogical Institute of Pittsburgh and the Salt Lake Institute of Genealogy. our editorial process Kimberly Powell Updated August 15, 2019 Available free through subscribing libraries, Heritage Quest Online packs in an intuitive interface, fast downloads, and crisp census images. If your library doesn't subscribe, you're missing out! Pros Free to members of subscribing librariesEasy to use interface and crisp, enhanced imagesNotebook feature helps you keep track of searches Cons Not available for an individual subscriptionNo soundex or wildcard search optionsHead of household indexes only Description Includes census images for all decades 1790 to 1930.Head of household indexes for 1790 to 1820, 1860, 1870, 1890, 1900 to 1910 and 1920 to 1930 (partial).Available only as a library subscription, but offered free by participating libraries to members.Advanced search options also include state, county, age, and birthplace, but no wildcard or soundex.Census indexes prepared by Heritage Quest are much more accurate than the common AIS indexes.Images appear in an HTML viewer, with no extra software required.Full-screen, enhanced census images load quickly and are easy to read.Black and white enhanced census images make viewing easier, but could possibly affect quality.Census images are also available as negative images as an alternate opportunity for readability.Handy notebook feature allows you to save census images and citations, and take online notes. Guide Review Developed specifically for library patrons, Heritage Quest Online offers an intuitive, easy-to-use interface and clear, crisp census images. Searching is simple and offers a lot of options, although it lacks the ability to use wildcards or soundex to search for misspelled names. Available census indexes are highly accurate - much more so than commonly used AIS indexes. Census images download quickly and appear as full-screen, enhanced images, though some people claim that this enhancement could introduce errors. Images can be quickly downloaded and saved or printed in Tiff (non-compressed) or PDF format. Overall, Heritage Quest Online is the most flexible census offering available, if you can convince your library to subscribe!