Wednesday, October 3, 2012

Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Back to Our Roots with Roberta Estes, Genealogist Wednesday September 12 - Thursday September 13, 2012

Genealogist Roberta Estes will be on the University of Illinois campus to inform attendees how to research their genealogy. Estes has been a genealogist since 1978 and she now has her own company. Roberta speaks publicly on the topic of DNA and genealogy and has been interviewed by the New York Times for multiple publications, and she has appeared on Voice of America, National Public Radio, ABC News, TACC9-TV “Down East Today,” as well as in other national and international radio, television and news publications. During her visit to the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Estes will present four times throughout the two days she will be here. All students, staff, faculty, and community members can learn about researching their genealogy and are encouraged to attend.

Information and Locations:
Wednesday, September 12, 2012
·        Noon – 1:00 pm: Food for the Soul, Bruce D. Nesbitt African American Cultural Center (BNAACC), 708 S.
     Mathews, Urbana, IL 61801
·        5:00 pm – 7:00 pm: Evening Workshop with Reception (BNAACC), 708 S. Mathews, Urbana, IL 61801

Thursday, September 13, 2012
·        1:00 pm – 3:00 pm: Afternoon Workshop, Native American House, 1206 W. Nevada St. Urbana, IL 61801
·        7:00 pm – 8:00 pm: Evening Presentation, Bevier 180, 905 S. Goodwin Ave. Urbana, IL 61801

Back to Our Roots is cosponsored by the Native American House and BNAACC, and it is paid for by the Student Cultural Programming Fee (SCPF). The Native American House, a unit of the Office of Inclusion and Intercultural Relations, was established in 2002 and hosts over 40 events each year.


Friday, August 31, 2012

National Genealogical Society Partners with Family Village Facebook Game to Help Players Build Family Tree

The following article is from Eastman's Online Genealogy Newsletter and is copyright by Richard W. Eastman. It is re-published here with the permission of the author. Information about the newsletter is available at

I have written about Funium before. (See for my previous articles.) It is an online game for the family that is based upon your genealogy. The company has issued a new announcement this morning here at the FGS conference in Birmingham, Alabama:
FuniumPlayers of Free Family History Facebook Game Now Have Access to a NGS Custom Tutorial........
Read full article.

Thursday, August 30, 2012

Mapping Cultural Migrations between Champaign and Chicago

A detail of a family from the 1978 mural by Angela M. Rivers.
AREA Chicago

In this exchange, artist Angela Rivers and Sharon Irish trace a loop from Champaign to Chicago and back, following the paths of  artists, including Angela Rivers, across two generations.

Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Homesteaders, Homer, Illinois, circa 1855. Row I.: Henry and David Michener; Row II: Lydia (Warner) Michener (Henry's wife); Susannah (Michener) Brown; and Lisetta (Smith) Michener (David's wife). Photograph donated by Louie Green.

Tuesday, August 14, 2012

The Graphics Atlas is valuable resources for print identification, including photographs. The comparative feature is especially valuable.

Monday, August 6, 2012

Mark Twain visits Champaign (1871)

Champaign County Gazette, 13 December 1871
Mark Twain, 7 February 1871,Courtesy of the Library of Congress

The "Local Affairs" column of the Champaign County Gazette, announcing the upcoming lecture by Mark Twain, at Barrett Hall (renamed the Champaign Opera House in 1882), Champaign, Il.  

Barrett Hall hosted orator and leader of the abolitionist movement, Frederick Douglass, in 1869.