A Year in the Life of An Ancestor

At a recent Genealogy Networking Group meeting several people responded to the challenge of writing up an ancestor’s profile on one particular day or year. They agreed to share them on the blog. Today we read about Pam’s grandmother in 1918. Clara Smolen Krull This year a century ago This year a century ago, my…

Free Genealogy Database Access

I hope you don’t have anything planned for this weekend, because we’ve got a genealogy bonanza on our hands. No less than three membership databases are opening their records for free, for a limited time only: AmericanAncestors, run by the New England Historic and Genealogical Society, is offering free access to 1.4 billion names from…

Genealogy Networking Group Update

On the first Thursday night of October our intrepid group of genealogy networkers met again in the meeting room of Cook Park Library to share ideas and have some fun. We looked through a few databases on TryIt! Illinois, and we attempted to decipher a mystery photo. Then we shared some stories. A challenge had…

Time to Try It, Illinois!

Our genealogists always look forward to fall, and not just because October is Family History Month. No, October and November are all about “Try-It! Illinois,” an opportunity to try out all kinds of databases that our library doesn’t subscribe to. Thanks to the Illinois State Library, you temporarily have free access to hundreds of subscription…

Genealogy Networking Group Update

September brought another fine gathering of our Genealogy Networking Group. We started out by sharing brick walls and breakthroughs. One of the biggest brick walls we all face is “jumping the pond” and researching our immigrant ancestors in their home country. The tried but true rule is, in almost every case, you need to know…