In addition to the new interface and updated census searching the folks at HeritageQuest promised more new content and they have delivered. Military records including: Records of Confederate Prisoners of War, 1861-1865 and Registers of Death of Prisoners of war, 1861-1865 are now available. They are the same records found on FamilySearch.
The images are not accessed by keyword searching. The browsable images do include an index, of sorts, to the records but it is an index to the microfilm records found in Record Group 109, War Dept Collection of Confederate Records. It is more a finding aid and does not list the names in the images.
The records for Remarried Widows index to Pension Applications is easier to search because it is organized alphabetically. Unfortunately it is alphabetized by the widow’s remarried name. Usually that is the name I am looking for!
Other new features include worldwide Find a Grave searching, Immigration records and access to the Social Security Death Index. The SSDI search interface is not as wonderful as the one available through Genealogy Bank but it is ok. (I really love the “born and died between…” search feature of Genealogy Bank.)
HeritageQuest is available 24/7 through your public library website.