FamilySearch.org has once again expanded their online collections of Illinois vital records. The “Illinois, Cook County, Deaths” collection now includes Chicago deaths from 1959-1994. The “Illinois, Cook County, Birth Certificates” collection indicates that it now includes births from 1878 -1938; however this is still a work in process.
In case you’ve haven’t marked your calendar, it’s time for the annual Newberry Book Fair. And this year the Fair, one of the largest used-book sales in the country, is celebrating its 30th anniversary! The Fair will be held Thursday, July 24th, through Sunday, July 27th.
I snuck in early, just to take a peek, and found loads of books that might be of interest to genealogists. Here’re just a few:
While this challenge may not have the cachet of the Guinness World Records for the fastest time to type a text message while performing head spins or the fastest time to jump over 10 objects on a unicycle, it’s a challenge you can easily participate in from home.
Save the Date - September 6, 2014
The Newberry Fall Genealogy Workshop
A Morning with Dr. David McDonald, CG
9:30 am - 12:45 pm
Join us this Saturday at 9:30 for the monthly Genealogy and Local History Orientation. This event is especially helpful for those new to genealogical research or new to research at the Newberry. After the orientation, stay and start your research in the General Reading Room where the reference staff will be available to assist you.
Christina Bannon, Illinois State Registrar for the DAR, will be here at the Newberry on Friday, July 11th to provide lookups in the DAR’s database and to offer advice on the application process. She has won National Awards for her genealogy and membership work as a Genealogy Consultant and Volunteer Genealogist with the DAR. Christina focuses on improving the quality of applications submitted and has recruited over 200 women into DAR membership since 2009.
Genealogy televisions shows are back for another season.
According to the Genealogy Insider, a new season of “Who Do You Think You Are?” begins July 23rd and will feature six new episodes with Valerie Bertinelli, Jesse Tyler Ferguson, Lauren Graham, Kelsey Grammer, Cynthia Nixon, Rachel McAdams and her sister, Kayleen McAdams.