Which Newspaper did your Ancestors Read? Or Breaking through Brick Walls with the Chicago Daily News

When we look at our ancestor’s lives through the filter of our modern view point, we genealogists often make faulty assumptions. For example, our modern mindset finds difficulty with the thought that a person born just a few generations ago might not have known his or her birth date or even birth year. In fact,…Read more »

15 Ways I Became a Better Genealogist in 2015

2015 was quite a year. One for the history books, in my opinion. For one, I will never forget watching history as Thoroughbred racing’s American Pharoah won the first Triple Crown in almost 36 years. Something, as a lifelong horse lover, I had been waiting my whole life to see. This year also saw the…Read more »

Check out these new (and old) Chicago Genealogy Resources

If you are researching ancestors from the Chicago area, you may want to head over to FamilySearch.org where you will find a new database: Illinois, Cook County, Birth Certificates, 1871-1940 (https://familysearch.org/search/collection/1462519). It’s an index only, so the records are abstracted and not images of the originals, but nevertheless, it’s a great resource. I found my…Read more »