“Many people ask how the large Cook County cemetery containing over 38,000 bodies could have been forgotten. To understand, we must look at its history.” And looking at its fascinating history is just what Barry A. Fleig has done on his new website Cook County Cemetery.
In addition to giving us a fascinating history lesson, Fleig has given the public a database currently containing just over 7,800 names. The sources for this data include:
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.
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.