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 Rooms where the reference staff will be available to assist you.
Recently, the Computer Assisted Genealogy Group of Northern Illinois (CAGGNI) traveled to the Newberry for a day of research. The day began with an orientation and tour from Matt Rutherford, Curator of Genealogy and Local History, and continued with consultations with genealogy reference librarians. After a brown bag lunch in a Newberry conference room, group members were hard at work through the afternoon until closing time.
CAGGNI has posted the following video about their day at the Newberry: http://youtu.be/GV6rMda3Pwo
Broad outlines build up over time to tell familiar stories of the settling of the West, for example, or the struggle for an eight hour day. Switching from the big picture to the small one often puts a fresh spin on events that affected the nation.
Object, Matrimony: The Risky Business Of Mail-order Matchmaking On The Western Frontier by Chris Enss, has taken a spot on the new acquisitions bookshelf in Genealogy and Local History. It is a fascinating look at mail-order brides in the American west.
Napoleonic Lives: Researching the British Soldiers of the Napoleonic Wars.
Barnsley, UK: Pen and Sword, 2012.
Call No. DA68 .D58 2012
Identifies key sources of British Napoleonic Era and demonstrates their use.
Kraybill, Donald B., et. al.
Baltimore: Johns Hopkins, 2013.
Call No. E184 .M45 K725 2013
Comprehensive account identifies forty distinctive Amish groups.
In May of 1865, John Kurtz wanted to erect a soap factory on Lumber street, Bernard Smith wanted a free liquor license, and Wm. Vocke, Clerk of the Police Court, asked that his salary be fixed at $1,500 per year.
John Tutka, Dwight A, Stiles, Jos. Regan, and John Connolly were released from the Chicago House of Correction during the two weeks ending March 30, 1907.