Thursday, November 13, 2014

Thrifty Thursday: Illinois Digital Newspaper Collections

The Illinois Digital Newspaper Collection contains 45 newspaper titles that include historic Illinois newspapers ranging from 1831 to 1975 and is continually growing.  You can browse by collection, date, or title. The website also offers Simple and Advanced Search options.  A great feature:  readers can easily correct  the OCR text to improve future search results.

Wednesday, November 5, 2014

FindMyPast world access is free this weekend

From Friday, November 7th to Monday, November 10th, you’ll be able to access:

  • Birth, death and marriage records from the USA, Ireland, Australia and New Zealand
  • Travel and migration records from all over the world
  • Millions of newspaper pages from countries that include Germany, France, China, Denmark, Ireland and the USA
  • Military records from the USA, Canada, Australia, New Zealand and Ireland, as well as our WW1 collections to ensure that everyone has the chance to trace their family this Remembrance weekend 
To find out more about the Free Weekend visit: 

Friday, October 31, 2014

Halloween Greetings

Happy Halloween!

 Halloween party at State Normal School, Kearney, Nebraska. c.1908
Library of Congress American Memory Collection
Nebraska State Historical Society, [Digital ID, e.g., nbhips 12036]
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Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Getting Ready for Halloween

c. 1917
Library of Congress
Prints and Photographs Division Washington, D.C.  
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Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Confederate pomp amid burial of slave's daughter

Mattie Clyburn Rice, who was 91 when she died in September, devoted her energy to confirming her father's Confederate service.

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Weary Clyburn was in his early 80s when Mattie was born.

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Confederate pomp amid burial of slave's daughter |

Monday, September 29, 2014

Street Life in Victorian London

A fascinating, photographic journey showing the grim reality of life on the streets of London in Victorian Britain as captured by John Thomson in 1877.
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Sunday, September 14, 2014

Thursday, September 11, 2014

"Finding Your Roots" Returns to PBS

"Acclaimed PBS Series Finding Your Roots with Henry Louis Gates, Jr. Returns Tuesday, September 23 at 8pm ET for its Second Season
The 10-part series explores the heritages and ancestries of 30 of today’s leading entertainers, athletes, chefs, and media personalities, including: Ben Affleck, Jessica Alba, Khandi Alexander, Tom Colicchio, Tina Fey, Sally Field, Derek Jeter, Stephen King, Nas, Anna Deavere Smith, Sting, and Courtney Vance"
Click HERE to read the complete press release.
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