Local History and Genealogy Blog

HeritageQuest Online - Focus on Archives Resources

Many researchers that visit us are familiar with research resources such as Ancestry.com. Today I'd like to focus on one that doesn't get quite as much recognition: HeritageQuest Online. HeritageQuest Online is a collection of databases, all of which are very useful to history and genealogical researchers. Included under its umbrella are:

Book Launch Event - A Place in Time: Two Paths to a Television Program

Please join us Wednesday, February 27, from 7:00 - 8:30 p.m. as we welcome University of Illinois Assistant Professor Kevin Hamilton for a discussion of his new comic book A Place in Time: Two Paths to a Television Broadcast. The book explores the paths taken to a broadcast of "Public Broadcasting Lab" that took place at the Illini Union in 1968.

African-American Genealogy article

Very nice article about researching African-American genealogy in today's Chicago Tribune. 

"Because of racism, prejudice, discrimination, black people have been left out of history, their stories and accomplishments not told," Burroughs said. "African-Americans have a hot, fervent need to find out who their ancestors were. It's part of humanity to find out."

Read the entire article here.

 

Historically Black Champaign-Urbana

For the month of February to commemorate Black History Month, we here at the Champaign County Historical Archives will use this space to highlight the history and contributions of the African-American community of Champaign County.

One of the resources available to us is our Photo Atlas application. It allows us to place historical images in their geo-spacial context on the map. Additionally, audio-visual content can be attached to the description as well.

Happy New Year, 1913!

From the Urbana Courier-Herald, Thursday, January 2, 1913:

MANY WATCH NEW YEAR COME IN                                                            

 

Parties Are Popular in Urbana on Tuesday Evening — Odd Fellows Have Meeting. — Circle Meets.

Happy Holidays!

Corner of Green Street and Wright Street, Champaign, looking east, ca. 1940's.

The Blue Norther of 1836

Springfield Avenue looking east, January 24, 1979

 

We were struck by the recent change in the weather brought the wind and snow storm of last week. Compared to other events in Champaign County's past, this one was pretty mild. Consider: the Blue Norther of 1836.