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HeritageQuestOnline, Now Powered by Ancestry

8 hours 4 min ago

As of today, HeritageQuest Online has a new look and feel with more content and a more powerful search function. Access via your local library should remain unchanged. The new version of the site includes:

The Eastland Disaster

Thu, 02/26/2015 - 12:54

The recently discovered film clips of the Eastland disaster and its aftermath have revived interest in this horrific event. The Chicago Tribune has recently published an article about these finds and the Eastland Disaster Historical Society is preparing for the 100th anniversary this summer.

If you want to know more about the Eastland, try these fascinating titles:

Genealogy Education at the Newberry

Thu, 02/19/2015 - 10:09

Although the D. Joshua Taylor event filled up in record time, there are still spaces in some upcoming seminars which might give your research a boost. These seminars are sponsored by the Newberry’s Adult Education Seminar Department, Further details and registration information for these and other seminars are available from the Seminars by Subject listing. Sessions of special interest to genealogists include:

Romantic Marriages Complicate Finding Marriage Records

Sat, 02/14/2015 - 12:31

Today is a day for romantic dinners, private getaways or perhaps even marriage. If you haven’t been able to find your ancestors’ marriage records, perhaps they had planned a romantic elopement. Have you considered that they may have run off to be married?

DAR Application Assistance

Thu, 02/12/2015 - 09:13

Christina Bannon is a member of Chicago Chapter, Daughters of the American Revolution, the oldest Chapter in the nation. She is presently serving Illinois as State Registrar, and the National Society as the National Vice Chairman, North Central Division, Volunteer Genealogist.

Since 2009, Christina has earned over 150 member-for-member credits; the most credits received by anyone in Illinois, for helping women join the DAR. Christina regularly offers her expertise at Newberry Library, helping individuals find their Revolutionary War ancestors.

Genealogy Saturday with D. Joshua Taylor - FULL

Wed, 02/11/2015 - 09:26

Registration is now closed and this event is full. Due to high demand for this program, the Newberry cannot offer a waiting list and walk-ins will not be accepted to the program. Registrants: please bring your registration receipt with you the day of the event. Lunch will not be provided.

On the Digital Shelf: Directory of Licensed Real Estate Dealers...

Sat, 02/07/2015 - 09:49

Genealogists are always looking for ways around the “missing” 1890 census. One of the alternatives is the use of directories. The most commonly used directories are the city directories which generally list the inhabitants and businesses of that location. In addition to these general directories, however, special directories listing particular groups of people were often published.