Last week I had the opportunity to visit the Newberry Library in Chicago, Illinois. This impressive private facility is a FamilySearch affiliate library, which means its patrons can order microfilm directly from the Family History Library collection. We were introduced to the Newberry’s robust genealogy offerings by Matt Rutherford, the Curator of Genealogy and Local History. They have so many great collections and resources that I wish I had ancestors from Illinois!
One of the Newberry’s most exciting resources is the website http://chicagoancestors.org/. You can put in the address where your family lived in Chicago and see a list of historical and genealogical resources specific to that neighborhood. How cool is that? I wish there were similar websites for the areas my ancestors lived.
If you have ancestors from Illinois, you will definitely want to acquaint yourself with the Newberry Library – it is a gold mine! For more information, visit www.newberry.org.