Monthly Archives: April 2011

Follow Friday – Northern Illinois Library Systems Merge

I recently read an article about the merging of the Northern Illinois Library Systems.  Due to budget cuts in the state of Illinois, the five Northern Illinois systems will merge as of July 1, 2011 to form RAILS – Reaching Across Illinois Library System. This system is supposed to help with the transfer of books […]

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Tuesday’s Tip – Prepare for your Research Trip

Last week I discussed John Philip Colletta’s article Hazards of Histories. This week I’d like to encourage you to read Lisa Alzo’s Research Trip Survival Kit in the Family Tree Magazine for July 2011. Lisa lists 21 essential things when preparing for a research trip. The first thing on her list is “Itinerary” which includes […]

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Tuesday’s Tip – Don’t Veer Off Course

I got the latest Family Tree Magazine in the mail last week and read a wonderful article by John Philip Colletta called Hazards of Histories. I love listening to John speak at conferences. I always learn so much. His article discusses nine pitfalls researchers may encounter as they seek out their roots. With each of […]

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Prairie Archives, Springfield, IL

This week I was in Springfield, IL, researching at the Illinois State Archives. I took a break and visited the Prairie Archives bookstore located at 522 E. Adams Street. It is on the block with the Old State Capitol. Adams does not run through that part of the block so you have to park and […]

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To Soar with the Tigers Available in Paperback

My book, To Soar with the Tigers, is now for sale as a signed paperback copy. To order, select hardcover or paperback from the drop down menu. Copies will be available to ship at the end of April.

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Planning a Research Trip to Springfield, IL

I am preparing to give a presentation this Saturday, April 9, at the Bolingbrook Fountaindale Public Library on Visualizing Your Genealogical Data. I am discussing ways to view your data in a new way using Excel, OneNote, Maps, and Blogs. As I wrote the presentation I tried to reiterate several times through each tool that […]

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