Paula Stuart-Warren posted recently on the FGS blog about planning ahead for your research in Springfield. A book was recommended called Illinois Central a Guide to Genealogical Research in Springfield, Illinois by Thomas A. Pearson. I purchased the book and just received it today.
Having researched in Illinois for many years, there are many things in this book I knew about either from experience or searching online. Then there are other things I discovered such as smaller collections of books or records I didn’t know existed. I found resources listed that I usually do not think about like the Illinois State Museum. You can visit the museum and learn about the plants and animals found in Illinois, the geography of the state and anthropological information. Capture a glimpse of what life was like when your ancestors lived in the state years ago. And while you are getting an education, if you have kids or grandkids with you, they will have fun roaming around the museum and playing the games.
The book is very well laid out, easy to read and contains a lot of resources for Springfield and the surrounding area. Each chapter contains the highlights of a museum, library or repository’s collection, the contact information, research policies and hours. Those who prefer a book to searching online will find Pearson’s book very valuable. All in all I think this is a good item for my genealogical library and a must read for anyone who is going to research in Springfield, Illinois.