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In this December podcast, we explore state-based genealogy research and the available tools and techniques for discovering our U.S. ancestors.
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Experience living history in your ancestors' homeland.
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Here's help finding ancestors in the Eastern United States.
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Tackle your United States genealogy with the 75 best state family history websites.
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You can stop blaming Mrs. O'Leary and her cow for the Great Chicago Fire.
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One of the country's biggest counties bucks the trend and eases access to vital records.
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For our ancestors living in rural America—where half the US population resided as late as 1920—mail-order catalogs served “not only as a marketing tool, but also as school readers, almanacs, symbols of abundance and progress, and objects of fantasy and desire,” according to the Encyclopedia of Chicago (a city that was home to both Montgomery Ward and Sears Roebuck. Read about how mail-order catalogues might have shaped your ancestors' lives.
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Learn about Illinois's history and available records in this research guide that includes a map and bibliography.
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Learn more about the Prairie State.
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