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Genealogist Joe Beine’s Genealogy Roots Blog (at https://tinyurl.com/yyekrtkl) has posted that his Online Searchable Death Indexes and Records Website has been updated. This web site provides links to the following Illinois counties that have been revised: Adams, Bureau, Cook, Knox, Marion, …

The old red-tailed hawk perched peacefully on the clothesline pole, 20 feet from the house, seeming to invite his picture to be taken. After he was photographed, he continued to sit there and survey his surroundings before moving to a low branch on a nearby maple tree. Truly unusual behavior…

Since August the Commercial-News has featured monthly articles detailing the values of the Danville Lions Club, which has embarked upon a membership drive. To support their community efforts Lions hosts an annual CHILI DAY. Mark your calendars for 2021 CHILI DAY – Monday, March 22, 11 a.m. t…

Last Thursday evening Joseph Cantrell, engineer at the Martin elevator in Williamsport, boarded the 5:46 west bound train and rode to Danville, Illinois. He returned Friday morning on the fast train, getting off at Attica between 1 and 2 Friday morning, and started walking back to Williamspo…

This story is about the collision between a child prodigy named Daniel, and the darker power of a family secret. Does Daniel survive? Let’s find out.

As we stumble through the twilight of the Trump era, let us devote a moment to an actual issue.

Today’s article will grab your heartstrings and pull down hard. What’s it about? It’s about a man who is facing his own death. It’s also about the losses he has sustained, which have stripped him of the reasons most people need to make living worthwhile: marriage, children, job, home, proper…

Veterinarians at the University of Illinois College of Veterinary Medicine are looking for dogs and cats that have been diagnosed with diabetes to investigate a promising treatment for the disease, one that acts via the microbiome. The treatment is call “fecal microbiota transplantation,” an…

A Smithsonian Magazine article by Nora McCreevy, and available at https://tinyurl.com/y323deo9, reminds us of previous violent attacks that have taken place on the U.S. Capitol. Although our ancestors did not witness such violence intended to overturn a presidential election, our country has…

So, President Donald Trump has been booted off Twitter, as of now forever. Facebook also gave him the heave-ho. Apple and Google, meanwhile, have tossed the riot-friendly Parler app out of their stores.

The Federal Government has conducted U.S. Population Censuses every 10 years beginning in 1790. Genealogists have learned to rely on the data provided on these censuses, and additional questions have been asked each time the census was taken. Beginning in the 1800s many individual states als…

In the 1920s Frances Pearson Meeks left Danville and took a trip down memory lane to the state where she was born. She visited the area where her father Gustavus Pearson and her grandfather John Pearson took part in the 1849 California gold rush. Among the post cards from the excursion is on…

Country music artist Thomas Rhett penned the autobiographical Life Changes to illustrate the unexpected curveballs that life throws. One line from the chorus hit especially hard for me during 2020, “You never know what’s gonna (sic) happen. You make your plans and you hear God laughing.”

Happy New Year! You are about to embark on a Thinking Experiment (TE). Your goal is to find an answer to this question: Why is Mark, the father in the following story, so unhappy? To gather information, Mark will be asked five questions.

The dance of democracy continues in 2021 with the once-a-decade ritual of drawing new state legislative and congressional district lines in Illinois and across the nation. In two-thirds of the states, including Illinois, the legislators themselves draw the lines.

As Donald Trump's Republican Party descends into madness, dragged down by the president's lies, threats and possible mental illness, it's become hard to imagine democracy-loving conservatives continuing to live in the same house. They're in a marriage that can't be saved.

I’m no big fan of AOC. Some of her ideas aren’t bad, but Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez burdens the progressive cause by waving the socialist label like it’s some kind of fashion brand.

President Trump’s nasty campaign to undo the 2020 presidential election and sack President-elect Joe Biden is moving perilously close to inflaming disorder.

This article is my attempt to stop you from making New Year’s Resolutions (NYR) for the upcoming 2021 year. I might as well tell you right from the start the really bad news – there is a new psychiatric disorder called NYRD – New Year’s Resolution Disorder. To be diagnosed with this disorder…

A new year requires a new calendar and thus it seems appropriate to call attention to a website with a perpetual calendar. This site, at https://tinyurl.com/y6yprd88, also contains calendars for Gregorian, Julian, Medieval, Jewish, and more. It is written in German but can be easily switched…

Written in quill pen (not literally; it was 1965), my master’s thesis was about “Leaderless Politics: The Illinois Republican Party.” Not much has changed.

Very soon, a year of a deadly pandemic, social isolation, job loss and political chaos will come to an end. The coronavirus will continue its rampage but seems destined to hit a wall around late spring. Life will return to normal, we are told.

Denouncing the $900 billion COVID-19 relief bill as a parsimonious "disgrace" and hinting at an Alamo-style finish on Jan. 6, when Congress votes to declare Joe Biden the next president, Donald Trump is not going to go quietly.

Today’s column will present a new model of drug addiction. Three terms are presented first, to be followed by details of the new model.

Smithsonian Magazine has posted an article, “What the Pandemic Christmas of 1918 Looked Like,” that reminds us that our ancestors were also faced with similar challenges because of the flu. “It didn’t help that masks at the time were generally homemade, using several layers of cheesecloth an…

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As church member, Pete Crumrin, was moving the cornerstone at the construction site of a new addition to New Century Church, a rusty metal box fell upon the ground from underneath. The box was eaten away with rust and some of the contents were bug eaten and damaged, but a few of the contents…

The sleigh was moving through the snowy streets of Danville with the speed of “a toad passing through a tub of tar.” At least that’s the way editor James Kilpatrick described the scene the day after Christmas 160 years ago today. The animal pulling the sleigh was reportedly a slow mule requi…

Hunter Biden says his tax affairs are under investigation. The president-elect’s son says he is “confident” the probe by the U.S. attorney’s office in Delaware will find no wrongdoing.

If all goes according to plan, someone will have the honor of blowing up the crumbling remains of the Trump Plaza Hotel and Casino in Atlantic City. It could be you. Atlantic City, which loves Trump not, is taking bids on who may push the button.

The Paul Simon Public Policy Institute at Southern Illinois University asked me to do some noodling about the future of Illinois. I have mentioned this to several friends.

It’s almost too late to be doing Christmas shopping, but nevertheless it needs to be mentioned that the Illinois State Genealogical Society (ISGS) has many items for sale that would make great gifts for anyone researching Illinois ancestors. Information on each of the 33 items in the ISGS On…

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