The Illiana Genealogical & Historical Society recently elected Carolyn Livingston as its newest president. An active member for many years, Livingston expressed her optimism for IGHS’ future in the latest issue of the society’s quarterly publication, Illiana Genealogist (Vol. 48, No. 4, Winter 2012). She noted the many physical improvements to the Illiana Genealogy Library at 215 W. North St. that have been made, thanks to the efforts of society volunteers.
Also, members have been challenged to raise funds for future building maintenance. Long-range plans for programs and fundraisers will be announced in the near future. She also offers a last-minute suggestion for Christmas giving: the society’s third postcard book, “Plains, Trains, and Other Wheels,” which costs $20. Phone the society at 431-8733 for more information.
This issue of Illiana Genealogist has many interesting and informative articles. For example, Don Claypool has written an article, “Robert T. Holmes & Brothers: Danville, Illinois’ First Automotive Dealer.” An early photo shows a 1909 Mitchell auto, which had been purchased new by W.N. Marble, a local farmer. (The photo surely illustrates that we’ve “come a long way” in 100 years.)
Claypool’s article on the Roderick family provides details on the emigrant, Daniel Roderick/Rodrick, and his descendants and notes that additional information is in the new book, “Roderick Family,” which is in the IGHS library.
Roberta Allen, reference librarian at the Danville Public Library, has written a most informative article, “Alexander Pollock: Vermilion County’s First Homeopathic Physician.” Other homeopaths in Danville also are mentioned.
The article, “Naturalizations,” consists of a list of persons whose naturalization papers are in the IGHS files. The list of 93 names, however, is only a “random partial listing.” Because the data found in naturalization papers can be most helpful to researchers, it is hoped that future issues of the Illiana Genealogist will include all the remaining names in the IGHS naturalization files.
Other articles in this issue include “Scandal at Marysville” (from a 1874 newspaper article), “Payroll List Taken From Public Roads & Sewers Account Books (1936)”, “The Best Gold,” “The Lesson of the Christmas Paper,” “Pellville Cemetery Inscriptions,” “Woman Dies of Injuries at Emergency” (1924 Kankakee newspaper) and “My Letter to Santa.” Announcements, new members, queries, a list of recent book acquisitions, and a surname index make this issue a welcome addition to IGHS members’ libraries.
A membership in IGHS would make an excellent gift to any Illiana researcher — perhaps yourself. An individual membership costs $25 per calendar year. Members receive a subscription to Illiana Genealogist (and may submit queries for free publication in that magazine), have free use of the materials in the IGHS library, and receive a discount on research requests. Send check along with name and address to IGHS, 215 W. North St., Danville, IL 61832-5749.
Queries, as well as a general exchange of genealogical material that readers would like to share, will be printed in the column for free. Contact Joan Griffis by e-mailing JBGriffis@aol.com