Genealogist Joe Beine has posted his Genealogy Roots Blog, at, notifying researchers he has updated his Online Searchable Death Indexes & Records Website (USA). Included in this update is Illinois Deaths and Stillbirths, 1916-1947 at FamilySearch. (Conduct a search at

Note his important comment: “Some entries include images of the death certificates – you must be at a Family History Center or FamilySearch affiliate library to view the images.”

The good news is that the Danville Public Library at 319 N. Vermilion St., Danville, IL 61832, is a FamilySearch affiliate library of the FamilySearch Research and Library System.

“The Archives Room in the Adult Services Department houses the genealogy and local history collection.” According to the Danville library archives website at, “Library patrons have convenient access to billions of birth, marriage, death, census, land, and court records from over 130 countries.” For more information on using FamilySearch at the Danville library, call (217) 477-5228.

It should be noted the Danville library website has a new look ( For example, the library’s databases can be found at

Genealogy quotes

Family History Daily has posted 15 memorable genealogy quotations at Has anyone noticed the one that “cannot be”? Read comments from readers.

Google’s search engine

Using Google’s Search Engine to find genealogical websites for a specific locality can be most helpful. For example, at search for “Vermilion County Illinois Genealogy” (using quotation marks) and you may be surprised at the choices offered.

No doubt some of the websites are familiar (such as GenWeb and the IL State Archives’ but they can be reminders of important sources of information.

An unexpected “find” on the Genealogy Trails website is a Quick Index to Joliet Prisoners by County, 2001-2010 found at If an individual is on this list — which includes full name and county where sentenced — a click on the link to the Alphabetical Index takes one to more detailed personal information including parents’ place of birth, personal description, occupation, religion, crime & sentence, etc.

It should be noted that a Google search for “Joliet Prison Convict Register Index” (using quotation marks) results in several “hits” in addition to the one cited above.

For example the Illinois State Archives has records pertaining to the Illinois State Penitentiary at Also Prison (1833-1841); 1847-1858), the Illinois State Penitentiary at Joliet (ca 1858-1901) and Southern Illinois penitentiary at Chester (Menard) (ca1865-1908).

Find kin

“FamilySearch Family Tree is the world’s largest shared family tree.” Read Sunny Morton’s article, at, on how to search in this massive database.

It should be remembered that it is necessary to establish an account (free) with FamilySearch in order to search databases. It’s simple to do and well worth the effort.

Morton is a popular lecturer, a contributing editor at Family Tree Magazine, and author of hundreds of articles and blog posts.

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

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