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September 22, 2018

Oswego Public Library Provides Access to Gale Testing and Education Reference Center


The Gale Testing and Education Reference Center database replaces Learning Express, which is no longer be available. The resources available at the Gale database are similar to those at Learning Express, but the interface is a bit more intuitive and easy to use. The Testing and Education Reference Center will use the library card number and PIN like the other Gale databases and not require establishing a special account. Enter your info in the top right and then scroll down or jump to Careers & Education.

It takes more than luck to ace that exam

Funding for Learning Express and HeritageQuest has come from both NCLS and the Central Libraries. Due to budget cuts from the State, funds were only available to support one database in the coming year. We liked the Testing and Education Resource Center and the Oswego Public Library offered to pay for the two year subscription through their BTOP grant. In doing so, Central Library funds were free to continue another year of HeritageQuest.

Joan E. Pellikka, NCLS Consultant, says “Many thanks to Oswego Public Library for making this possible.”

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:

U.S. Federal Censuses feature the original images of every extant federal census in the United States, from 1790 through 1930, with name indexes for many decades. In total the collection covers more than 140 million names.

Genealogy and local history books deliver more than 7 million digitized page images from over 28,000 family histories, local histories, and other books. Titles have been digitized from our own renowned microform collections, as well from the American Antiquarian Society via an exclusive partnership.

Periodical Source Index (PERSI), published by the Allen County Public Library, is recognized as the most comprehensive index genealogy and local history periodicals. It contains more than 2 million records covering titles published around the world since 1800.

Revolutionary War records contains original images from pension and bounty land warrant application files help to identify more than 80,000 American Army, Navy, and Marine officers and enlisted men from the Revolutionary War era.

Freedman’s Bank Records, with more than 480,000 names of bank applicants, their dependents, and heirs from 1865–1874, offers valuable data that can provide important clues to tracing African American ancestors prior to and immediately after the Civil War.

LexisNexis U.S. Serial Set records the memorials, petitions, private relief actions made to the U.S. Congress back to 1789, with a total of more than 480,000 pages of information.

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