Wednesday, June 06, 2007

ProQuest Information and Learning :: Press Release

ProQuest CSA Teams Up with LexisNexis to Add Selected Serial Set Content to HeritageQuest™ Online
Agreement Increases Access to Government Documents for Genealogical Research at Public Libraries

ANN ARBOR, Mich., May 15, 2007 -- ProQuest CSA and LexisNexis, a leading provider of information and services solutions, are working together to add valuable genealogical data from the LexisNexis® U.S. Serial Set Digital Collection to HeritageQuest™ Online. The addition of the Private Relief Actions and Memorials and Petitions from the LexisNexis Serial Set collection serves the growing genealogy and local history segment of the public library market.

"HeritageQuest Online's library advisors confirm these two data sets, which date back to the Revolutionary War, are highly valuable for both novice and advanced family history researchers," said Chris Cowan, vice president of publishing of ProQuest CSA. "The LexisNexis Serial Set content serves as a good complement to the other data sets within HeritageQuest Online, and strategically strengthens its content offerings."

By incorporating the two sources from Serial Set within HeritageQuest, the value of government documents for family history research becomes much more evident and easier to search. Through a simple keyword search, researchers can access 480,000 pages of images contained within 150,000 U.S. Government documents dating back to 1789.

"The collaboration with ProQuest CSA allows us to reach further into an important market, public libraries," said Tim Fusco, vice president of publishing operations for LexisNexis Government and Academic Markets. "The alliance will leverage LexisNexis' deep and robust government document archives to help genealogists find new paths for researching their family histories."

Private Relief Actions and Memorials and Petitions have been drawn from the highly regarded LexisNexis Serial Set, an ongoing collection of U.S. Government publications compiled under the directive of Congress, which captures every aspect of American life from the early 19th century onward, from farming, to westward expansion, scientific exploration, politics, international relations, business, and manufacturing. It includes Congressional reports and documents as well as executive agency and departmental reports ordered to be printed by Congress.

HeritageQuest Online is an essential collection of unique material for both genealogical and historical researchers, with coverage dating back to the late 1700s. Researchers can use HeritageQuest Online to find their ancestors, trace their paths across America, and learn what life was like in the areas where they settled.

Many other distinctive and invaluable sources of information can be found within HeritageQuest Online. The U.S. Federal Census 1790-1930, and 20,000 Genealogy and Local History books are at the cornerstone of HeritageQuest Online. The resource also include Periodical Source Index (PERSI), a widely recognized resource guide, updated annually, that covers more than 6,300 genealogy and history periodicals written in English and French (Canada) since 1800. It also includes Revolutionary War Pension and Bounty Land Warrant Application Files, which identifies more than 80,000 American military, naval, and marine officers and enlisted men, and Freedman's Bank Records, which documents more than 70,000 bank depositors and their dependants and heirs. All of these resources are fully searchable through HeritageQuest Online.

About ProQuest CSA
ProQuest CSAcombines the strengths of two leading and historic information technology firms: ProQuest Information and Learning and CSA. The company provides seamless access to and navigation of more than 125 billion digital pages of the world's scholarship, delivering it to the desktop and into the workflow of serious researchers in multiple fields, from arts, literature, and social science to science, technology, and medicine. ProQuest CSA is part of Cambridge Information Group (www.cambridgeinformationgroup.com).

ProQuest CSA's vast content pools are available to researchers through libraries of all types and include the world's largest digital newspaper archive, periodical databases comprising the output of more than 9,000 titles and spanning more than 500 years, the preeminent dissertation collection, and various other scholarly collections. Users access the information through the ProQuest® and CSA Illumina Web-based online information systems, Chadwyck-Healey™ electronic and microform resources, UMI® microform and print reference products, eLibrary® and SIRS® educational resources, Ulrich's Serials Analysis System™, COS Scholar Universe, and Serials Solutions resource management tools. Through the expertise of business units Serials Solutions and COS, ProQuest CSA provides technological tools that allow researchers and libraries to better manage and use their information resources. For more information, visit www.proquest.com and www.csa.com.

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