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July 21, 2013

Remember to visit favorite websites

Bookmarking a favorite site so that it can be revisited another time is a practice that most genealogists find helpful. However, sometimes researchers forget to go back to those favorite websites. Perhaps this reminder will encourage some revisits.

For example the website of the Illiana Genealogical & Historical Society is at http://illianaghs.org and is currently undergoing an updating. Nevertheless, the information found there can be helpful for researchers interested in the Illiana (eastern Illinois/western Indiana) area. For anyone not able to do personal research, the IGHS Research Page provides a list of the available records that volunteer researchers will check (for a fee).

The Champaign County Genealogical Society at http://www.ilccgs.org does not have its own library but it is affiliated with the Champaign County Historical Archives, and is located at the Urbana Free Library. The society’s website provides a variety of helpful information, including links to other websites.

For example, there is a link to the FamilySearch wiki entry for Champaign County, a valuable guide to the county’s records and resources. The society is working on creating an every-name index to all of its quarterlies. A subject index to the quarterlies is already online; look under Research and click on Quarterly Index. (They include Bible records, biographical sketches, vital records, cemeteries, census, court cases, historical sketches, etc. — with many surnames mentioned.)

The Champaign County Historical Archives computers now have access to GenealogyBank at www.genealogybank.com. Researchers may conduct a search (free) at home, but in order to view the actual records, a subscription is necessary. Visit the Urbana Free Library having that subscription.

Anyone involved in Illinois research is sure to bookmark the website of the Illinois State Genealogical Society for frequent use at http://www.ilgensoc.org. For example, the society’s newsletters are available there (free), as well as news of special meetings, webinars, and other events. Photo winners and information on people depicted in the photos in the recent Ancestor Photo Contest can be seen on the website along with winning photos from previous years by clicking Free Databases (in the sidebar on the left) and selecting Ancestor Photos. Other free databases are also available online.

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