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Staff Recommendation: Roadside History of Illinois

Wed, 04/16/2014 - 08:08

The weather is starting to turn to spring (despite this week’s snow) and the urge to get out of the house and out of the city is getting stronger. It’s time to say “road trip”!

My staff recommendation from among our new aquisitions is:
Banash, Stan. Roadside History of Illinois. Missoula, MT: Mountain Press, 2013. Call No. F541.6 .B36 2013

GeneaQuest: The Future is Now

Sat, 04/12/2014 - 08:20

CAGGNI (Computer Assisted Genealogy Group of Northern Illinois) is sponsoring an all-day event on May 17th at Elgin Community College. “GeneaQuest: The Future is Now” will feature numerous lectures, labs and demos. The dynamic Thomas MacEntee will be the keynote speaker. Check the society webpage and the GenealQuest blog for further details. Discounted early-bird registration is available until April 30th!

Genealogy Staff Events

Wed, 04/09/2014 - 09:02

Saturday, April 12, 2014
1-3 pm
Pop-Up Book Fair
The Ernest Hemingway Foundation
200 N. Oak Park Ave.
Oak Park, IL 60302
Free with RSVP; otherwise $8 at the door

Genealogy Weekend

Wed, 04/02/2014 - 08:33

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.

After the reading rooms closes at 1pm, join the Chicago Genealogical Society for their monthly meeting at 1:30.

DAR Application Assistance

Sat, 03/29/2014 - 08:07

Christina Bannon, Regent of the Chicago Chapter of the DAR, will be here at the Newberry on Friday, April 4th 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 130 women into DAR membership since 2009.

Atlas of the Historical Geography of the United States

Wed, 03/26/2014 - 08:18

If you aren’t already in love with online maps, you will be after you spend some time browsing the Atlas of the Historical Geography of the United States website, developed by the Digital Scholarship Lab at the University of Richmond. The Atlas, published in 1932, has long been a staple for researchers.

Women's History Month

Sat, 03/22/2014 - 08:29

Last year for Women’s History Month, we posted a short bibliography of guides for finding your female ancestors as well as other published material on women and all aspects of women’s history.

This year we’d like to point out a few of the Newberry manuscript collections which document the lives of some fascinating women.