Kick off your fall research season with the Try-It! Illinois Database Trial!
If you’re an Illinois resident with internet access of any kind, you are eligible to access the immense amount of information available during the this year’s trial. Thanks to the generous sponsorship of the Secretary of State and State Librarian Jesse White, the Illinois State Library, and numerous electronic resource vendors, Illinois residents can sample, evaluate, and utilize resources free of charge.
Every year, I like to highlight several of the databases for genealogical researchers. This time, however, I would like to highlight some of the best resources available on this year’s trial:
Ancestry Library Edition *
Digital Sanborn Maps Geo Edition
FOLD3 Library Edition
Heritage Quest Online
Historic Map Works Library Edition
Historical Chicago Defender 1909-1975
Historical Chicago Tribune 1849 – 1992
Historical New York Times 1851 – 2012
MyHeritage Library Edition
MyHeritage World Vital Records
Newspapers.com Library Edition
ProQuest Historical Newspapers: Chinese Newspapers
Public Library eBook Collection (Genealogy Reference Books)
Public Record Electronic Data Base
Women’s Magazine Archive
In an amazing turn of events, Ancestry Library Edition is back on offer during the Try-It Illinois Database trial! Thank you Proquest!
Ancestry Library Edition is not listed with the other databases under the site’s ‘Genealogy’ heading. To access Ancestry Library edition, left click on any Proquest database to the description page.
When you arrive to this page, left click on the URL Link in the description. It will take you to the Proquest trial page.
You’ll see another listing of databases. Scroll down the page under the ‘Genealogy’ listing and you’ll find Ancestry Library Edition.
Thank you again to ProQuest for making Ancestry Library Edition possible this year. We have so many patrons who don’t have a flexible work schedule or strong computer skills to use Ancestry Library Edition in our building, so giving them an opportunity to use it in their homes will help them feel more comfortable with the site. And it goes a long way toward people seeing the value of a long-term paid Ancestry subscription.
What is notably missing from this year’s selection is 19th Century British Library Newspapers, 19th Century U.S. Newspapers, and Trench Journals and Unit Magazines of the First World War. If you would like to see them added to this year’s trial, send an e-mail to the Account Representatives for Gale Cengage and ProQuest.
My favorite new database award from this year’s trial goes to EBSCO and their new Public Library eBook Collection. You’ll find this database under the alphabetical ‘P’ listings, and you’ll have to login to the EBSCO site to access the ‘eBook Collections’ area of the site. It sounds a little tricky to use, but it’s well worth the effort! On the Public Library eBook Collection database, you’ll find some great genealogy ebooks read online on your tablet, phone, or computer. Unfortunately, you need an account to download the books. So, read them online to your heart’s content!
There’s a full collection of Pen & Sword Press titles, which has an emphasis on UK and Irish genealogy topics. There are also a number of internet genealogy titles. Great stuff!
Remember, you only have until November 30, 2016 to enjoy these databases for free from the comfort of your home. If you think Fold3, MyHeritage, or any of the databases on Try-It! Illinois would be a great addition to your local library’s databases, you will want to call or drop by the library to share your suggestions!
The next Fountaindale Public Library Genealogy Club Meeting will be held on Wednesday, October 12 at 7 p.m. in Meeting Room A. Bob Allen will be presenting ‘Tracing Your Ancestors via Secret Societies’. There should be a ton of great information available to researchers during this lecture!
All Genealogy Club meetings are free and open to the public. Light refreshments will be served. For more information on Genealogy Club events, please call the Fountaindale Public Library District at (630) 685-4201.
See You At the Library!