10 Dec 2015

Explore Chicago Collections Online

The brand-new Explore Chicago Collections online portal unites Chicago's many archival collections, providing genealogists with greater access to Chicago history. Explore Chicago Collections online with this free portal containing a search engine and record-finding tool for Chicago primary sources and archives.. Explore Chicago Collections online lets researchers, genealogists, teachers, students, and the public search in one [...]

22 Oct 2013

Mapping 1890 German Ancestry is Tuesday’s Tip

Natives of the Germanic Nations from the 1890 Census 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 [...]

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 [...]

22 Jul 2011

ISGS Ancestor Photo Contest Winners

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 to see the other winners.