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 location to find or access over 100,000 maps, photos, letters, and other archival materials held at 21 member organizations. Member institutions include the Chicago History Museum, the Newberry Library, Alliance Française de Chicago, and others.
Rather than search at each institution, users can browse an enormous wealth of digital material by topic, neighborhood, city, and more. Additional resources available coming up through the Explore Chicago Collections online site include library guides, a virtual reference desk, educational materials, and eventually, digital exhibits, and more.

A $194,000 grant from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation was awarded to the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC) Library, which has […]

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, clubs and fraternal organizations, theaters, cemeteries, […]

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

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.