Local History and Genealogy Blog

Where is it now?


This picture was taken in Urbana, at the corner of Broadway and Green, looking north towards the Post Office & Courthouse. Where is it now?

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Rest in Peace Steve Burgess

Friend of the Archives Steve Burgess passed away suddenly on Friday, November 22, 2013. Deepest sympathy to his family and friends.

Steve was on a journey to honor his father, James R. Burgess, Jr., who was the first Champaign County African American State's Attorney and also a lieutenant in the 761st Tank Batallion under George Patton in WW II. Steve's mission was to have a federal building named for his father.

May his mission be accomplished.

Pinning Down Your Family History: How Pinterest can help you display, organize, and share your family and community history

Want to learn creative ways to make your family history more accessible? Interested in participating in a local community online “pinboard?” This program will give you the skills you need to confidently use Pinterest to compliment your family history and local history research. Participants will learn the basics of Pinterest, as well as how to effectively share and organize family photos, memories, and documents.