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

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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:

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  • America’s GenealogyBank (Includes Historical Newspapers and America’s Obituaries & Death Notices)
  • Chicago Tribune
  • Digital Sanborn Maps
  • FOLD3 Library Edition
  • Gateway to North America
  • Historic Map Works
  • Historical Chicago Defender 1909-1975
  • Historical Chicago Tribune 1849 – 1992
  • Historical Newspapers: North Central Regional Collection (Selection of titles from South Dakota, Missouri, Montana, Iowa, and Colorado)
  • Historical New York Times 1851 – 2012
  • Historical St. Louis Post Dispatch
  • Historical Washington Post
  • Life Magazine Archive
  • Mango Languages
  • MyHeritage Library Edition
  • World Edition
  • Revolutionary War Era Orderly Books
  • Time Magazine Archive
  • Vogue Archive 1892-2017
  • Women’s Magazine Archive

What is notably missing from this year’s selection is Ancestry Library Edition, 19th Century British Library Newspapers, 19th Century U.S. Newspapers, and Service Newspapers of World War II.  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.

New Resource Highlight: EBSCO’s Revolutionary War Era Orderly Books

orderly book 1In a partnership with the New York Historical Society, EBSCO’s collection of orderly books are a fantastic resource for anyone with colonial and early republic ancestors.  Orderly books documented the day-to-day rhythm of military life, and include everything from correspondence and promotions to payment and supply lists.  This collection of items from the New York Historical Society includes archive sources dating from 1748 to 1817, and includes thousands of pages of primary source material providing valuable information about soldiers’ lives.  Most of the items in the database include downloadable high-resolution images, which is a major asset in deciphering the content of these handwritten documents.

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Listed, but buried somewhere on the EBSCO site – Gateway to North America: The People, Places, and Organizations of 19th-Century New York

Another partnership with the New York Historical Society, Gateway to North America provides an amazing array of historical and genealogical data for anyone hoping to track down ancestors in the Empire State. As a collection of sources, this database includes unique records and hard to find directories such as:

  • Records of the Dutch Reformed Church of Port Richmond, S. I.: Baptisms from 1696 to 1772: United Brethren Congregation, Commonly Called Moravian Church, S. I. , Births & Baptisms, 1749 to 1853, Marriages, 1764 to 1863, Deaths & Burials, 1758 to 1828
  • Report of Deaths in the City & County of New York for the Year 1816
  • Union Club, New York, May 6th, 1839: List of Members
  • Boyd’s New York City Tax-Book: Being A List of Persons, Corporations & Co-Partnerships, Resident & Non-Resident, Who Were Taxed According to the Assessors’ Books: 1856 & ’57
  • Redfield’s Travelers’ Guide to the City of New York (1871)
  • Registry of Voters in the City of New York, by Wards, Assembly & Election Districts (1876)
  • New York Marriages, 1837-1871
  • Suburban Riding & Driving Club: By-Laws, House Rules & List of Members (1899)
  • Seating Arrangement for the Annual Dinner of the Holland Society, Jan. 19, 1911

A complete list of the resources on the Gateway to North America database can be found on the EBSCO site.  While listed on the Try-It! Illinois trial, I could not find Gateway to North America anywhere in the EBSCO area. I did find their Revolutionary War Era Orderly Books available as a search only (no browse) EBSCOhost Research Databases.  I hope this is just an oversight, as I very much wish to see this database in action!

Remember, you only have until November 30, 2019 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 9 at 7 p.m. in Meeting Room A.  Teresa Steinkamp McMillin will present “Reading Between the Lines of the City Directory.”  In this program, you will learn how to maximize the information contained in city directories, and how these records can help break down some of your genealogical brick walls   No registration necessary.  Light refreshments will be served.

See You At the Library!


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