Local History and Genealogy Blog

Virginia Turns 100!

Happy Birthday, Virginia!

Archives volunteer and longtime Champaign County resident Virginia Lovingfoss will celebrate her 100th birthday today! Virginia was born and raised in Philo, Illinois and now lives in Urbana. At 100 years old Virginia volunteers at both the Champaign County Historical Archives and Carle Hospital.

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Join the Archives for the Market at the Square!


The Champaign County Historical Archives will be at the Urbana Free Library's table at the Market at the Square on the third Saturday of each month, beginning tomorrow (June 21). Stop by to view historical documents and artifacts, grab a brochure, and take a look at some of the books that feature a variety of items from our collection. We hope to see you there! Read more about Join the Archives for the Market at the Square!

Have you ever heard of PERSI?

PERSI, or the Periodical Source Index is the largest host of genealogical journals worldwide. Home to over 11,000 journals, many no longer in print, PERSI is a hidden gem for researchers and genealogist alike. Indexed are roughly 2.3 million articles concerning local history and genealogy spanning from 1800 to 2009.

Easily searchable, PERSI is extremely user friendly with multiple subject heading for simple website navigation.

·         Under the PEOPLE heading, users can search for ancestor names across the 2.3 million articles Read more about Have you ever heard of PERSI?

Oral History of Champaign-Urbana Days


What: Oral History of Champaign-Urbana Days

When: April 21, 2014, 4 - 6 p.m.

Where: Douglass Annex, 804 North Fifth St., Champaign, IL 61820

Who: You!

Why: Learn about the history of the community and do your part to build a more inclusive local history!!

How: Show up and get involved. Spread the word.  Read more about Oral History of Champaign-Urbana Days