Local History and Genealogy Blog
Just in time for the Urbana Free Library’s Summer Reading Program, the Archives has created a list of twenty fiction titles with themes of family history and genealogy. All of these books are available at the Urbana Free Library and include books for both adults and kids. Of course if you’re interested in non-fiction books, the Champaign County Historical Archives has a wide array of genealogical titles too. Happy Summer Reading!
In honor of the upcoming summer solstice (June 21st) we present you with an interior picture of Rising Sun School for this installation of #TBT.
Rising Sun School was a one-room school house in Condit Township. Teacher Hattie McBrian oversees lessons in this photo dated circa 1938.
June 11, 1915
“The Live and Let Live Dentist”
With the overwhelming availability of online genealogical websites and family tree software, folks interested in their roots may have been overlooking a traditional method of recording their ancestors: the 15-Generation (paper) pedigree chart.
During the spring of 1937, one intrepid Courier reporter took the citizens of Champaign-Urbana on a 6 part series tour of Champaign’s gambling dens. For this week’s #TBT we bring you pictures from North Market Street aka ‘Gamblers’ Row.’
“It’s a dull job Patrolman Charles Cole of the Champaign police force has been assigned to by Chief Roy Argo. His beat is confirmed to “Gamblers’ Row,” North Market Street. When this picture was taken it appears that Patrolman Cole was watching the entrances to 103 and 105 North Market street out of the corner of his eye.”