Attention Illinois residents! Some of the best genealogy resources online are available for free through the Try-It! Illinois Database trial October 1 – November 30 2014.
This annual statewide database trial is sponsored by Secretary of State and State Librarian Jesse White and the Illinois State Library. Try-It! Illinois offers library staff and patrons to survey and evaluate a wide variety of electronic resources. Thanks to the partnerships between the Illinois State Library and the participating electronic resource vendors, there is no charge for accessing these databases during Try-It! Illinois.
Due to the nature of this program, libraries are asked not to post the Try-It! Illinois login and password on the Internet, on Web sites or in publicly archived e-newsletters. To access these resources, please contact your local Illinois Library and pick up a login information sheet in person! Beginning October 1, 2014, you can pick up a copy of the Try-It! Illinois login and password from the Fountaindale Public Library’s 3rd Floor Service desk and at our October and November Genealogy Club Meetings.
Due to the absolutely astounding offering of databases, I’ve compiled a “must see” list of genealogy resources available during the trial:
- 19th Century British Library Newspapers
- 19th Century U.S. Newspapers
- Archives Unbound
- Digital Sanborn Maps Geo Edition
- Genealogy Connect
- Historic Map Works
- National Newspapers Core
- ProQuest Newsstand
- ProQuest Obituaries
- Newspaper Source Plus
- Historical Chicago Defender (1909-1975) (Proquest)
- Historical Chicago Tribune 1849 – 1989 (Proquest)
- Historical New York Times 1851 – 2009 (Proquest)
The Try-It! Illinois database trial is a great way for patrons to give libraries valuable observations and feedback regarding online databases. So please let your librarian know what you enjoyed and what tools you found useful!
The next FPLD Genealogy Club meeting will feature Dr. Daniel Hubbard and his presentation “Space-Time for Family Historians, Timewarps and Curved Space aren’t just for Physicists” on Wednesday, October 8 in Meeting Room A at 7 pm. This program is an entertaining look at how the times and places we read about and research are often not what they appear to be. Don’t be fooled- decoding dates, comprehending calendars and understanding the time on your ancestor’s pocket watch are not as easy as they seem. Handouts and light refreshments will be served.
See you at the library!