GenTraveling – Unique Archives

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Hello GenTravelers!

So, what does Billy Graham have to do with onsite genealogy research? Well everything to do with evangelism christian history. I recently read about an archive I was unfamiliar with: The Billy Graham Center. I read about this resource in the 2003 FGS Forum (Volume 15 Number 2, Summer 2003).  The article by  Wayne D. Weber, Reference Archivist at BGC was very informative.  He explains the unique collections they have – many valuable records that aren’t found anywhere else.

Wayne explains “There are over five hundred collections in the Archives ranging from one thin file folder to over hundreds of boxes…If you have a relative who was involved in a nondenominational ministry such as foreign missions or youth work or evangelism, we could have the records you seek.”

Please go read the full article, if you have ancestors with evangelism backgrounds – especially the “Africa Inland Mission”, the “China Inland Mission”, the “Woman’s Union Missionary Society”, or the “Mission Aviation Fellowship”. And if you’re planning a GenTrip to Illinois, you’ll definitely want to stop by the archives.  Here is their website, so you can plan ahead: Billy Graham Center Archives.

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So, are you planning your GenTraveling yet? Where do you plan to go? Be sure to share your GenTraveling Bucket list on our Bucket List Page.  GenTraveling: It’s the Real Deal Thrill!

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GenTraveling – Friday Finds

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Hello! I have some Fabulous Friday Finds to share with you!

All over the internet, there are articles about places where you might want to GenTravel to! Each Friday I hope to share links to some of those articles.  There might be one link, or if my time management skills are stellar that week, and I have time to hunt for more, I’ll link to more than just one. :o)

Here are this week’s:

This week I came across the blog post titled “Genealogy Road Trip – Part Ten” which documented what sounds like a fabulous road trip to Springfield, Illinois. Lots of history, especially of President Abraham Lincoln, of course; but also gives you a sense of how great planning and implementing a genealogy road trip can be! ‘Part Ten’ seems to indicate there should be Parts 1-9, right?  Well, there are! So today, I’m not only giving you one Fabulous Friday Find…but 10! Too easy!  Just scroll down to the bottom of ‘Part Ten’ for links to other posts that take you on a journey through Indiana and Ohio.

In Part Four, the author says this about her Genealogy Road Trip: “I was up bright and early on Tuesday, July 12, ready for an adventure I had spent the previous fifteen years dreaming about!”  What a great adventure it must have been!

Well, GenTravelers, have a great weekend! Best wishes for finding those ancestors.  Are you planning your GenTraveling yet? Where do you plan to go? Be sure to share your GenTraveling Bucket list on our Bucket List Page.  GenTraveling: It’s the Real Deal Thrill!

GenTraveling – In Illinois

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Hello GenTravelers!

So, who is researching ancestors from Illinois? I thought this quote from the referenced article below was great! GenTraveling takes you places that “hold secrets to the past”!

“Repositories in small towns and bustling cities hold secrets to the past, alongside online resources, microfilmed records, and manuscripts in the state’s archives and courthouses.” – Diane Renner Walsh, CG

This quote comes from the excellent article by Diane Renner Walsh, CG in the National Genealogical Society Quarterly in 2006 (Vol. 94, No. 1, March 2006) entitled “Genealogical Research in Illinois”.  Diane gives researchers detailed information on where to find records in a variety of record-set categories.  She starts out by giving some website addresses to four online catalogs; however, since this article is a decade old, I wouldn’t depend on those URL’s still being current! Yet, I’m sure most of the information is still valuable.  When Diane mentioned you can find about three thousand maps from the 1700s in the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library, there’s a very good chance you still can. She lists all of the major archives, libraries, and societies – as well as tells you where to find the following:

Transportation Guides

Federal Township Plats

County Plats and Landownership Maps

Place Name Information (Illinois Place Names and Indian Place Names in Illinois)

Origin and Evolution of Illinois Counties

Adoption Records

Birth and Death Records

Cemetery Location and Inventories

Divorce Records

Marriage Records

Business Records

Census Records (French and Territorial  Enumerations, State Censuses, Military Census, and Federal Schedules)

Church and Religious Records (information on a variety of specific denominations)

Court and other Legal Records

Ethnic Records

Land Records (County, Public Land Sales, Land granted before 1814, Internal Improvements, Military Tract)

Military and Veterans’ Records

Naturalization

Newspapers

Prison Records

School Records

Tax Records

Yes, we know the thorough family historian will need to go GenTraveling…eventually. This article gives you a good idea of the many repositories that are available should you find yourself GenTraveling to Illinois.

So, are you planning your GenTraveling yet? Where do you plan to go? Be sure to share your GenTraveling Bucket list on our Bucket List Page.  GenTraveling: It’s the Real Deal Thrill!