The Commercial-News, Danville, IL

January 6, 2013

Illiana library continues to grow


Known for its excellent collection of genealogical materials since the Illiana Genealogical & Historical Society (IGHS) was formed more than four decades ago, the Illiana Genealogy Library has recently added books to its holdings.

Books at this library are filed on shelves according to the Dewey Decimal System. Family histories, or books based on a specific surname, are filed under the call number/letter beginning with the number 929.2, and followed by three letters based on the author’s name.

The following family history books have recently been added to the IGHS collection (and have call numbers 929.2 followed by call letters as shown). They are: The Elijah WRIGHT Family (929.2 WRI); The WYATTs of Vermilion County, IL ((MCC); A History of the WATSONs (WAT); Roots & Branches of the FIX Family (MCC); Descendants of Thomas Anderson BRANCH (WOL); Descendants of Ulrich SPOON / SPOHN, 1717-1781 (FIN); Journey Into Your Family History — NOGGLE Family (NOG); Ancestors of George Noble HOWELL, 1839-1882 (HOW); Descendants of James BROWN Sr., in Augusta Co, VA (BRO); OSBORN Family History (OSB); COSSART Chronicles: Family History Narrative (WHE); Our TRUAX Family Roots (WHE); The WYATTs — Early Years in Vermilion Co., IL (MYA); McCONNELL Family History (MCC); Remembering Merle (McCONNELL) (MCC); ZIMMERMAN Family History & ASPER Family History (ZIM); McCONNELL Family History & SEELEY Family History (ZIM); The DEPKE Family of Meitze, Wedemark, Germany (DEP); RODERICK Family (CLA); The LEEMON Line (HOP); and LANE Family (LAN).

Members of IGHS and/or the Governor Bradford Chapter of the DAR may view library materials free; non-members are asked for a $3 donation per day. It would be wise for anyone intending to do extensive research at this library to become an IGHS member. The cost is $25 per calendar year. Students ages 12 to 18 may join for $10 per student year.

The Illiana Genealogy Library is located at 215 W. North St., Danville, IL 61832. It is staffed entirely by volunteers. The library’s winter hours (now through March 31) are Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Saturday, by appointment only with appropriate notice. Hours may change due to weather conditions. Call ahead to make sure the library is open; phone 431-8733

Claimable photos

IGHS has several photos that may be claimed by a proven family member. The following are currently available: Mrs. R. L. HUBBARD and family; the NEHEMIAH family from Attica, Ind.; the SELLS-DeHART family; and the MEEKER-GRITTEN family.

The SUDLOW negatives also are available for claiming. They cost $5 per packet regardless of how many negatives are contained in the packet. There are photos for school annuals, portrait negatives, and others.

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