The Illiana Genealogical & Historical Society’s (IGHS) most recent issue of its quarterly publication, Illiana Genealogist (Vol. 55, No. 2, Summer 2019), has been sent to society members and includes an interesting variety of articles.

Military-related articles include “Contraband Camps and the African-American: A Freedom Story to Search For,” “A Freedom Story Found – Martin Pedee,” and “Martin Pedee Continued: Remembrance Earned & Deserved.” (Pedee “served his country 10 years — first in the Civil War, then as a Buffalo Soldier in the American West.”)

The editor’s article, “Tanners, Tanyards & Tanning” provides interesting details of locals who had this occupation.

Carolyn Lamb Schrader’s recollections are an excellent example of preserving family memories.

Larry L. Taylor provided “Excerpts from My Navy Experience 1960-1968.” Anyone with ancestors who served in the military should record similar details.

An individual IGHS membership costs $30 per calendar year. Members receive the quarterly and have free use of the IGHS Library’s collections. Non-members are requested to donate $3 per day. Library’s new hours: 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Tuesday through Friday, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. (April-September. For information contact IGHS, 215 W. North St., Danville, IL 61832; phone (217) 431-8733.

Genealogy boring?

“If Family History Isn’t Fun, You’re Doing It Wrong” is an interesting post by Family History Fanatics at This website lists some of the genealogy activities that make this hobby so fascinating. Visiting cemeteries, interviewing relatives, creating scrapbooks, restoring damaged photographs, and learning who are in those photos are some of the undertakings that genealogists enjoy. What is YOUR favorite genealogical activity?

Jewish Holocaust-era Records in News

“Hidden from the Nazis, thousands of lost Jewish records are discovered in a basement” in Lithuania according to a recent Family History Daily post at

According to The VIVO Institute for Jewish Research this discovery is the most important since the discovery of the Dead Sea Scrolls. “The collection includes many names and communal logbooks, records of organizations and unions, as well as several school books and autobiographies written by youths.” Visit to learn more about the mission of the VIVO Institute.

Dick Eastman’s Online Genealogy Newsletter recently reported that 13 million documents from Nazi concentration camps (more than 2.2 million people) have been put online. They include prisoner cards and death notices. His article can be found at

The newly named “Arolsen Archives – International Center on Nazi Persecution” can be found online at

It is possible to conduct a search for names but “please remember that this is not a full search, because many of the documents … are not yet accessible in the online archive.” Conduct a search at

“Clarifying fates and looking for missing persons” has been the central tasks of the Arolsen Archives, which answers “inquiries about some 20,000 victims of Nazi persecution every year.”

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