On Saturday, September 27th we posted the news that ChicagoAncestors.org had been taken off-line. Although there are still some technical issues which negatively affect its searching functionality, we have been able to bring the site back online in a limited capacity.
We are continuing to direct our efforts toward redeveloping the site with a new look and enhanced features. We plan to launch the new site (Chicago Ancestors 2.0) in the next few months.
Please watch this blog for further announcements.
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 oriention, stay and start your research in the General Reading Room where the reference staff will be available to assist you.
As many of you are aware, for the last several months we have been experiencing technical issues with ChicagoAncestors.org which have negatively affected its searching functionality. The problems stem from outdated code. To address this, we are redeveloping the site with a new look and enhanced features. We plan to launch the new site (Chicago Ancestors 2.0) in the next few months.
The staff from the Chicago Public Library is hosting a series of family history presentations and classes for genealogists of all levels. Several members of the Newberry Genealogy and Local History staff will be sharing their expertise as well. All of the events will be held at the Harold Washington Library Center.
Two new exhibits have just opened at the Newberry. “Chicago, Europe, and the Great War” draws on the Newberry’s collection to tell the story of Chicago’s many and varied connections to the conflict.
“American Women Rebuilding France, 1917-1924” documents the work of hundreds of American women who left comfortable lives in the United States to volunteer humanitarian service in France during and after the conflict.
Passage to the World: the Emigrant Experience, 1807-1940.
Barnsley, UK: Pen and Sword, 2013.
Call No. JV 6029 .B76 2013
Investigation of conditions aboard passenger ships ferrying emigrants to America.
Di Bonaventura, Allegra.
For Adam’s Sake: A Family Saga in Colonial New England.
New York: Liverwright, 2013.
Call No. F104 .N7 D5 2013
Portrait of slavery in the early North.
Last Saturday we were lucky enough to have Dr. Dave McDonald give two lectures at the Newberry. The first lecture discussed Illinois migration patterns and provided a fascinating view of the growth of the State of Illinois - how people arrived here, who they were and where they settled. If you have Illinois ancestors, here are some examples of Newberry resources which might help you with your research:
Tuesday, September 9th, 6:30 pm
Sun City (Huntley) Genealogy Club
Presenter: Ginger Frere
New Tools for Finding Old Stuff
Technology is changing the face of genealogy. Come take a look at some new online tools and techniques for finding our elusive ancestors. Bing, iPhone apps, software “to-go,” current maps overlain by historic maps, online classes, digital libraries, wikis and more! Learn how these tools can enhance your genealogical bag of tricks.