2017 Try-It! Illinois Database Season is Here, But Hold Your Breath – Motivation Monday

It’s time to fall back into your research!Try-It Illinois Logo

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 is proving to be a bit of a difficulty at the moment, as both ProQuest and EBSCO, two of the biggest genealogy database vendors listed on this year’s trial, have not activated links to their resources.

Provided ProQuest and EBSCO activate their databases for this year’s trial, librarians and library users will have a lot of great resources to utilize this year.  Here is a list of what should be provided in this year’s trial:

African American History Online
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
Mango Languages
MyHeritage Library Edition
Newspaper Archive
NewspaperSource Plus Library Edition
ProQuest Obituaries
Slavery in America and the World: History, Culture & Law
Trench Journals and Unit Magazines of the First World War
Women’s Magazine Archive
Berg Fashion Library*

*Berg Fashion Library seems like a strange choice, but hear me out.  One of the titles available in this year’s library is New Raiments of Self: African American Clothing in the Antebellum South.  The book examines the clothing worn by African Americans in the southern United States during the thirty years before the American Civil War.  This book and others are available on Berg Fashion Library, and I can’t wait to explore more on this particular database.

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I will provide further updates on the availability of resources on this year’s trial as they develop.

The next Fountaindale Public Library Genealogy Club Meeting will be held on Wednesday, October 11 at 7 p.m. in Meeting Room A. Tina Beaird will be presenting ‘Ghosts in the Graveyard’. This should be a fun and entertaining evening of genealogy research and stories of strange coincidences.

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.


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