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22 Oct 2013

Mapping 1890 German Ancestry is Tuesday’s Tip

Today’s post is about mapping 1890 German ancestry in the U.S. There are more Americans of German extraction living in this country today than any other ethnicity. At least seven million German natives emigrated to the United States between 1800 and the present. Most arrived between 1840 and 1914, with peak immigration to America in the early 1880s, as was the case with my German ancestors. Driven by limited opportunities in German-speaking countries of Europe, many emigrants settled in the Midwest, large cities in the East, the state of Washington, and parts of Texas and California.

Using data from the now-lost 1890 census, the map above shows relative population density of “natives of Germanic nations” across the U.S. Twenty individuals or more per square mile are the darkest areas; the lightest color shows fewer than one-half per square mile.

Cities and areas with sizable Germanic populations established German-language schools, churches, […]

11 Oct 2013

Most Famous Book Set in Each State of the U.S.

The Most Famous Book Set in Each State in the U.S. is a cool map from Business Insider of all publications.  Since genealogists love: 1. reading, 2. data, 3. maps, 4. history, 5. written records, 6. literature, you’ll love this map. And I have to agree with about 80 percent of the article, including The Jungle for Illinois. Do you agree for your states and those of your ancestors?

22 Jul 2011

ISGS Ancestor Photo Contest Winners

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I’m delighted to say that the photograph of my grandmother, Frieda Hann Loe, at work in a Chicago sweatshop c. 1912 has been selected as one of 12 winners in the Illinois State Genealogical Society’s Ancestor Photo Contest.

Visit ilgensoc.org to see the other winners.

 

12 Jun 2011

Researching Your Chicago Ancestors From Afar

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Researching Your Chicago Ancestors from Afar is today’s post. I’ve presented at Jamboree and other conferences on Chicago research, so I decided to gather the links to the Chicago genealogy research resources I’ve compiled into one big post.

Research for my own tree is very Chicago-oriented, as my great-grandparents in Norway, Sweden, Scotland, Austria, and Prussia/Germany decided to emigrate to Chicago, meet each other there, get married, and our family tree has flourished ever since. I’ve moved from Chicagoland many years ago, however, so the information included here has a mix of digital collections you can research wherever home may be and resources for your next trip to the Windy City.

Below are links by ethnicity and/or record type to digital collections, organizations, books, articles, databases, and listservs to research your Chicago ancestors.

Chicago Genealogy Resources