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Chicago Directories in the 1870's

Sat, 11/22/2014 - 10:28

Chicago city directories were issued in 1870, 1871, 1872 and 1873, making it appear as if the publishers never skipped a beat following the Great Chicago Fire on October 8, 1871. But, while tracing your ancestors during this time frame, have you wondered exactly when these directories and the 1871 “Edward’s Census” edition were printed? And, more importantly, when was the information collected?

On the Shelf: The Lost Tribe of Coney Island

Wed, 11/19/2014 - 13:37

The Lost Tribe of Coney Island: Headhunters, Luna Park, and the Man Who Pulled Off the Spectacle of the Century by Claire Prentice

The Lost Tribe of Coney Island is the fascinating, yet horrifying, true account of the Igorrotes, indigenous peoples of the Philippines who were taken to New York in 1905 by a charming, opportunistic doctor-turned-showman, Truman K. Hunt. There they appeared as “human exhibits” alongside the freaks and curiosities at Coney Island’s Luna Park.

City Addresses and Street Names

Sat, 11/15/2014 - 09:58

In Chicago, there were two major changes in the street numbering system. The first was implemented in 1909 and primarily impacted the northern and western sections of the city. The second change, in 1911, impacted the downtown area. Street names were changed on an as-needed basis. Sometimes they changed as the city annexed new areas and duplicate names had to be eliminated. Many German street names were changed during WWI. And then there’s the issue of those “honorary” street names. All of these changes can make it difficult to find old address on a current map.

On the Shelf: Passage to the World

Wed, 11/12/2014 - 09:22

Brown, Kevin. Passage to the World: The Emigrant Experience 1807-1940. Barnsley  Seaforth publishing, 2013. Call No. JV 6029 .B76 2013.

Chicago women in WWI - Felicite Oglesby

Sat, 11/08/2014 - 09:43

Another story we uncovered during the preparation of the exhibit, Chicago, Europe, and the Great War, was that of Felicite Oglesby.

Upcoming Genealogy Events

Wed, 11/05/2014 - 10:07

Wednesday, November 12, 2014, 7-8:30 pm
“Investigating Chicago Police Ancestors”
Fountaindale Public Library District
300 W. Briarcliff Rd.
Bolingbrook, IL 60440
Contact: Debra Dudek, Mgr Adult & Teen Services, 630-759-2102

New BCG Officers

Sat, 11/01/2014 - 08:47

Congratulations to two friends of the Newberry who have made and continue to make huge contributions to the genealogical community.

Jeanne Larzalere Bloom, CG has been elected President of the Board for Certification of Genealogists. Harold Henderson, CG, has been elected a Trustee. Best wishes to both!

Genealogy Saturday

Wed, 10/29/2014 - 08:31

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 orient ion, stay and start your research in the General Reading Room where the reference staff will be available to assist you.