The Board of the Monroe County Library System has voted to discontinue many on-line databases including Heritage Quest (HQ). HQ was a free alternative to having a subscription to Ancestry. I used HQ not only for census records but also for the free on-line book collection. They also have Revolutionary War pensions and the index to the PERSI (periodical index) collection. Because their census records were indexed by different people, I found records on HQ that I didn’t find on Ancestry.
The reason for HQ and the other databases being cut to all Monroe County libraries is the drastic cuts in NY State funds for all libraries in the state. Governor Patterson is trying to balance the state budget and libraries are just one of many cuts being made. New York isn’t the only state having trouble dealing with the bad economy.