More Chicago Genealogy

While helping a patron with her Chicago genealogy recently, I came across a few other very helpful websites that anyone doing Chicago genealogy should know about and use. The Newberry Library has a great page on Chicago Genealogy. But don’t overlook their research guides page, either, which has many helpful links to researching Chicago history.…

City Directories

  Earlier this week I noticed several genealogy patrons looking at city directories. Have you tried finding your ancestor in such a directory? Larger cities often had city directories which contained lists of businesses and residents, sort of like a phone book except that you didn’t have to own a phone to be included in…

Railroad Records

This past week the ever-popular Craig Pfannkuche came to our Aspen Drive Library and spoke to us about how to find and use railroad records in our family history research. Here are a few takeaways from his entertaining program: The railroad industry was a HUGE employer, especially of immigrants who might have had no special…