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March 10, 2009

New tool for family tree climbers available at Rushville Public Library

For many local residents, finding branches in their family tree is more than a hobby. To help those folks, and anyone else interested in genealogy, the Rushville Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution has donated a subscription to HeritageQuest Online to Rushville Public Library.

Priscilla Winkler, DAR member, noted that other members of the local organization heard of the online site at a genealogy workshop. After using the site, the group decided to pay for a yearly subscription for the local library to have access.

“This opens it up to the community,” Winkler said.

“The DAR has paid the subscription fee for our access to the site,” library director Sue Otte explained. “This means it is free to Rushville library card holders and to anyone who uses our computers in the library. Therefore, patrons who do not have library cards can still access the site if they come in the library and access the site from our computers.”

For Rushville City residents, the first card is free and replacement cards are $2. Township residents need to check with the library to see what their annual fee would be since county taxes are not used to support the facility.

If you have an RPL card, to access the site have your card handy and click on www.rushcounty.com/library. Click on HeritageQuest, enter the bar code numbers from the back of your card and you’re in.

HeritageQuest is described as one of this country’s largest storehouses of online genealogical information and was voted “Reader’s Choice – Top 25 best of Web” in 2005 by Family Tree Magazine.

Sources include US Federal census records, military records like Revolutionary War information, African-American Freedman Bank records, the Periodical Source Index and US Serial set which provides access to Congressional documents dating back to 1789.

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