Local History and Genealogy Blog

Research Nights at the Archives – Now enhanced with special topics!

Beginning in April, our monthly Research Nights will frequently feature discussions and demonstrations on special topics.

Research Nights are open to the public. There is no charge or registration required. We look forward to seeing you!

 

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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: Read more about HeritageQuest Online - Focus on Archives Resources

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. Read more about Book Launch Event - A Place in Time: Two Paths to a Television Program

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.

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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. Read more about Historically Black Champaign-Urbana

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. Read more about Happy New Year, 1913!