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Try-It! Illinois Database Season is Now Live! – Tuesday’s Tip

Try-It Illinois LogoKick 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:

  • Chicago Tribune
  • Digital Sanborn Maps
  • Sanborn Maps Geo Edition
  • FOLD3 Library Edition
  • Historic Map Works
  • Historical Chicago Defender 1909-1975
  • Historical Chicago Tribune 1849 – 1992
  • Historical Communist Newspaper Collection 1917-2013
  • Historical New York Times 1851 – 2012
  • Historical St. Louis Post Dispatch
  • Historical Washington Post
  • Mango Languages
  • MyHeritage Library Edition
  • Library Edition
  • World Collection
  • Public Library eBook Collection from EBSCO (Genealogy Reference Books)
  • Religious Magazine Archive 1845-2015
  • Rosetta Stone
  • Service Newspapers of World War II
  • Vogue Archive 1892-2017
  • Women’s Magazine Archive

There’s an amazing selection of new African American genealogical research resources, most notably ProQuest’s collections Black Freedom Struggle in the 20th Century: Federal Government Records, Organizational Records, and Personal Papers (1895-1996)  and the NAACP records pertaining to annual conferences, staff files, campaign files, youth department files, and other special records.

What is notably missing from this year’s selection is Ancestry Library Edition, 19th Century British Library Newspapers, 19th Century U.S. Newspapers, and Heritage Quest.  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 Service Newspapers of World War II, for it’s amazing digitized collection.  Readers have access to wartime newspapers from all over the world.  The countries on the site include Great Britain, Australia, New Zealand, Germany, Russia, Canada, Norway, France, Poland, Italy, South Africa, Nepal, East Africa, Belgium, and the United States.  This is a must visit website for anyone conducting World War II genealogical research.
newspapers of WWII

Remember, you only have until November 30, 2018 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!

October Genealogy Club Meeting

The next Fountaindale Public Library Genealogy Club Meeting will be held on Wednesday, October 10 at 7 p.m. in Meeting Room A.   Jacqueline Schattner will present “O (French) Canada! A Model for Genealogists.”  If you have any French Canadian ancestors, you are in luck! Learn the techniques that will help you uncover vast swaths of your pedigree in the space of a single weekend.   No registration necessary.  Light refreshments will be served.

Free Irish Genealogy Workshop Seats Still Available!

On Saturday, October 13, the Fountaindale District and the Plainfield Public Library District are hosting an Irish Genealogy Workshop with the Ulster Historical Foundation  from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.  You can find the lecture schedule and some of the handouts online. 

Participants will enjoy light snacks, handouts, door prizes, and the opportunity to purchase Ulster Historical Society books during the program. Participants are asked to bring a seat cushion and a brown bag lunch.  You can also pre-order a box lunch from the library’s Brooks Cafe by calling  (630) 685-4295.

Due to the popularity of this event, walk-in registration may not be available. Reserve your space in the program online or call the Fountaindale Public Library 3rd Floor Reference Desk at (630) 685-4176.

Can’t make the program in person?  A live and recorded webinar option are available!  Sign up for a webinar reminder online-

See You At the Library!


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