British Genealogy

Last night at the Lake County (IL) Genealogical Society meeting, Maureen Brady gave an information-packed presentation on doing genealogy in the British Isles. If you have ancestors from the British Isles (loosely defined for our purposes as England, Scotland, Wales, the Isle of Man, the Channel Islands, Northern Ireland, and the Republic of Ireland).┬áHere are…

Look for Page 2

Here’s something to watch out for when you’re searching and finding records in an online database like Ancestry: look and see if there is a page 2 to the image that you have found. The two examples below should tell you why. Example 1: A World War II Draft Registration card for Charles Peterson gives…

Newspaper basics

Finding an obituary, marriage notice, or news article about your ancestor in a newspaper can be thrilling, giving details to an event that the official record doesn’t convey. But where and how can you find these gems? The answer is three-fold: Some newspapers have been digitized and are available through subscription databases Some newspapers have…

Free, Free, Free!

I hope some of you out there will be able to take advantage of some free databases this weekend: Find My Past, which is primarily English records, and ArkivDigial, which is Swedish records. Read Dick Eastman’s blog with more details on FindMyPast and ArkivDigital. Have a happy and successful genealogy weekend!~Sonia

TryIt! Illinois

http://www.finditillinois.org/tryit At our last Genealogy Networking Group, we explored some of the TryIt! Illinois databases. I should say, we attempted to explore the databases. We were unable to access some databases, most notable those databases produced by ProQuest. I intended to email the State Library the next time I came in to work, but you…