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…

“TryIt! Illinois” is back!

Serious researchers take note: Thanks to the Illinois State Library, you temporarily have free access to hundreds of subscription databases above and beyond the ones available to Cook Memorial card holders. The initiative is called TryIt! Illinois, and it extends only until the the end of November, 2017. Genealogists will love digging into the newspaper…

Researching Chicago ancestors

Grace DuMelle of the Newberry Library joined us last night for an interesting and informative presentation on Chicago genealogy. She emphasized the address changes that took place in 1909 and the wealth of newspapers available for our area–there’s more than just the Chicago Tribune and the Chicago Sun-Times. Grace mentioned several databases that Cook Library…

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…