HeritageQuest® Online is a comprehensive treasury of American genealogical sources—rich in unique primary sources, local and family histories, and finding aids.
18th Century or 20th Century. European or Native American. Farm or Factory. East Coast or West Coast. Where does your American past begin?
Discover the amazing history of you with HeritageQuest Online. It delivers an essential collection of genealogical and historical sources—with coverage dating back to the 1700s—that can help people find their ancestors and discover a place’s past.
The collection consists of six core data sets:
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When the 1950 U.S. Federal Census was released to the public this past April, immediately people began asking "When will the 1960 Census be available?"
To that we must reply: "Great question... The National Archives and Records Administration will release it on April 1, 2032. I know... it seems like a long, long time."
"But why 2032," you ask? "The 72-Year Rule," we reply.
So what is this "72-Year Rule" anyway? Another great question...
“The 72-year Rule” is governed by Public Law 95-416, enacted by Congress in October 1978 and “mandates that…federal census returns are kept confidential until 72 years after the census to which they pertain.”
To learn more, visit the U.S. Census Bureau website regarding this legislation or click here to download the legislation information document.
Among the many changes to HeritageQuest Online, you will find that all publicly available U.S. Federal Census records (1790-1950) are now fully searchable in HeritageQuest Online!
But wait! There's more! More content, that is. The U.S. Federal Census Collection now has even more content: