Dear Ancestry Insider,
I emailed Ancestry.com support last evening after talking with a support rep. He had no clue about my question.
I found many United States Census Records on HeritageQuest that I cannot find on Ancestry, specifically for Caleb Smith in Hector, NY in 1830 (there are many more).
I had heard that HeritageQuest was the go to place for Rev War records. I searched Martin Peck and found none on HeritageQuest. Ancestry shows some, but Fold3 has a lot more. And all three say they are from the National Archives.
Does Ancestry “split-up” which records are available on each of the three services? HeritageQuest and Ancestry are obviously the same web site, just HeritageQuest saves in My Discoveries where Ancestry will download to my computer.
I am using the remote access feature of HeritageQuest through my local library.
Thanks for any clues you might have on “What is going on?”
Fold3 is, indeed, owned by Ancestry.com. Ancestry purchased it from iArchives. At the time, it was called footnote.com. Ancestry has positioned Fold3 as a source of original military records and renamed the website to connote military respect and honor. When Ancestry acquires new military records, it usually publishes them on Fold3, although not always.
HeritageQuest is not owned by Ancestry. It is owned by ProQuest. I have unfocused memories of HeritageQuest and microfilm rentals. The Encyclopedia of Genealogy website says that HeritageQuest acquired the American Genealogical Lending Library back in 1998. I can’t remember how HeritageQuest made its way into ProQuest. Anyone know?
So why does most of HeritageQuest look almost exactly like Ancestry.com? ProQuest is licensing most of HeritageQuest from Ancestry, including both website, search engine, and some record collections. Last March Ancestry started “powering” the HeritageQuest website. (See my article “Ancestry.com Did Not Buy HeritageQuest.”) At that time HeritageQuest’s census databases, with their bitonal images and head-of-household census indexes disappeared and Ancestry’s appeared in their place. You should get the exact same search results for census records on both Ancestry and HeritageQuest. If you don’t, I’m guessing there may have been inadvertently different search settings. Send me an example and I’ll look into it.
You had understood the HeritageQuest was a good place to search for Revolutionary War Records. Here is what HeritageQuest looked like before the current arrangement with Ancestry:
Source: Kristen McCallum, “Getting the Most Out of Heritage Quest,” slide presentation, In SlideShare (http://www.examiner.com/article/use-your-library-card-to-access-databases-for-free : accessed 1 February 2016), slide 4.
Ancestry doesn’t have a license for PERSI and the U.S. Serial Set, and ProQuest’s license for those collections did not allow it to give them to Ancestry. Consequently, they have quietly disappeared from the Ancestry hosted HeritageQuest. However, the remaining collections, including the Revolutionary War collection, are still present, both on HeritageQuest (and Ancestry).
---The Ancestry Insider