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School Days

Thu, 08/28/2014 - 13:44

It’s back to school time - a great reminder to take a look at some lesser-known school records. In Chicago, the Board of Education has published several different documents which you might find helpful. All of these publications are available at the Newberry for the dates indicated. You may find various issues online as well. Check the “Sneak peek” links to see some samples of these great resources.

Atlas of Historical County Boundaries Honored Again

Sat, 08/23/2014 - 08:39

For at least the 5th straight year, the Atlas of Historical County Boundaries, cited as being “simply the best way to understand how shifting county boundaries might have affected the whereabouts of your ancestors’ records,” has made Family Tree Magazine’s “101 Best Websites” for genealogists.

Recent Arrivals

Wed, 08/20/2014 - 08:59

Akenson, Donald Harman.
Ireland, Sweden and the Great European Migration 1815-1914.
Montreal: McGill-Queen’s University, 2011.
Call No. JV7590 .A44 2011
Explores the Irish diaspora and the origins of Swedish-America.

Bennett, Nicholas.
Lincolnshire Parish Clergy c.1214-1968: A Biographical Register. Part 1: The Deaneries of Aslacoe and Aveland.
Suffolk, UK: Lincoln Record Society, 2013.
Call No. DA670 .L69 R v.103
First volume of a much-needed survey of Lincolnshire parish clergy.

Illinois Adoptees Entitled to More Family History

Sat, 08/16/2014 - 08:36

Earlier this summer, Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn signed legislation giving adoptees more access to their family history information. Expanding on the 2010 Illinois Birth Certificate Access Law, which gave adopted adults, and spouses and children of deceased adopted adults, access to their original birth certificates, this legislation allows even grandchildren of adoptees access to original birth records. It also enables searches across multiple counties when records cannot immediately be found.

Fall Workshop Reminder

Wed, 08/13/2014 - 08:20

Join us Saturday, September 6th for a Morning with Dr. David McDonald, CG. The morning will start at 9:30 am with a brief tour and orientation to the Newberry’s genealogy section for those who’ve not been here before. Then, at 10 am, Dave will present two talks:

Illinois Migration Patterns
Lutherpalians and Presbygationalists

This session is free and open to the public. No reservations are required

Newberry Fall Seminars

Sat, 08/09/2014 - 08:34

Registration for the fall term of Newberry Seminars is now open. Pick from exciting classes such as:

Classes fill up quickly, so be sure to register early!

CGS Fall Seminar: The Legal Genealogist

Wed, 08/06/2014 - 09:29

The Legal Genealogist, Judy G. Russell, will be speaking on September 13, 2014 at the all-day Chicago Genealogical Society 2014 Fall Genealogy Seminar to be held at the Arlington Heights Memorial Library. Come hear her speak on early American women in legal records, the pros and cons of DNA testing, and the legal rights and responsibilites of today’s genealogists. For more details and registration information, check the CGS website.