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Chicago Women in WWI - Eleanor Ogden West

Wed, 10/08/2014 - 08:38

One of the stories we discovered during the preparation of the exhibit, Chicago, Europe, and the Great War, was that of Eleanor Ogden West.

Eleanor Ogden West was born 18 September 1892 in Pittsfield Massachusetts to Frederick T. West, a prominent insurance executive, and Anna Sheldon Ogden, daughter of Mahlon Dickerson Ogden. Eleanor was 5’3” with hazel eyes, dark brown hair and a fair complexion.

October Genealogy Staff Events

Sat, 10/04/2014 - 08:39

Monday, October 6, 7-8 pm
La Grange Park Public Library
555 N. La Grange Rd
La Grange Park, IL
Contact:; Kate Zdenek, Adult Services Director, 708-352-0100
Presenter: Grace Dumelle
Getting Started in Genealogy

More News About

Wed, 10/01/2014 - 08:22

On Saturday, September 27th we posted the news that 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.

Genealogy and Local History Orientation

Wed, 10/01/2014 - 08:13

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.

News About

Sat, 09/27/2014 - 10:45

As many of you are aware, for the last several months we have been experiencing technical issues with 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 The problems stem from outdated code.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.

Family History Month @CPL

Sat, 09/27/2014 - 10:28

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.

World War I at the Newberry

Wed, 09/24/2014 - 08:48

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.