Illinois Ancestors: Genealogy at a Glance series expands

Illinois Ancestors: Genealogy at a Glance series expands

Genealogical Publishing Company's Genealogy at a Glance series now includes Nancy Hendrickson's "Civil War Genealogy Research" and is especially appropriate as America commemorates that war's sesquicentennial.

Her guide includes quick facts (including staggering statistics), how to determine if an ancestor participated in that war, where to start looking for records, types of Civil War records, census records, other resources (such as lineage societies, Civil War prisons, etc.), collections (federal, state), basic references and important websites.

The format for the Genealogy at a Glance series is unique, with four laminated pages that provide basic resources, and can be easily stored or carried for quick and easy access — what every genealogist needs, whether beginner or advanced.

"Genealogy at a Glance: Civil War Genealogy Research" (ISBN 978-0-8063-1972-8) can be ordered as Item No. 2683 for $8.95 plus shipping (first item $4.50; each additional item, $2.50) from Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc., 3600 Clipper Mill Road, Suite 260, Baltimore, MD 21211-1953. VISA and MasterCard orders can also be placed toll-free at 800-296-6687 or online at

It should be noted that the GPC website provides a list of all the guides in this series. Search "genealogy at a glance" and learn of others in this series that could aid one's personal research. They include French, French-Canadian, English, German, Polish, Scottish, Irish, Italian, African American, Cherokee Research and more.

Another feature of the GPC website is the ability to conduct a search for a name in that company's CDs and books. If a relevant "hit" is found, perhaps the pertinent information could be found in the library's copy of that book or the book online. Of course, GPC would like to sell a copy.

The website also enables one to sign up for Genealogy Pointers, a free online newsletter that provides information on book sales as well as helpful tips and shortcuts. Past issues of the newsletter are available in the Archives; they include the text of articles minus the special sales.

Illiana society rummage sale

The Illiana Genealogical & Historical Society will hold a rummage sale from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday and Saturday at the Illiana Genealogy Library, 215 W. North St., Danville.

In addition to duplicate IGHS library books, other items that will be available include office chairs, desk lamps, a printer, a camera tripod, shadow boxes, jigsaw puzzles, household goods, used books and miscellaneous items.

Anyone wishing to donate additional items before Friday may do so. For information, call 431-8733.

The sale will be held in the garage off Payne Avenue, which is on the east side of the building.

IGHS research

IGHS has been updating its website at but meanwhile some important information is available. For example, anyone wishing to have volunteers look up specific items may do so by clicking on "research information."

The list of available research materials includes county and township histories, Vermilion County vital records and census records, obituaries, cemetery records, city directories, school yearbooks and pedigree charts. The costs vary.

Be sure to click on IGHS Facebook to read some helpful tidbits, including a chart showing what wars an ancestor may have participated in depending on his year of birth. IGHS also has several "mystery" photos as well as several unclaimed photos (pertaining to HUBBARD, NEHEMIAH, SELLS, DEHART, MEEKER and GRITTON families.)

Carolyn Livingston, IGHS president, would like to learn if anyone knows of past IGHS members, officers and/or volunteers, so that they may be contacted to participate in IGHS's 50th Celebration Banquet to be held the last Saturday in September in 2014. Contact her at the address above or send an email to

Civil War letters

P. J. Evans of Chatsworth, Calif., had several relatives who fought in the Civil War, including a great-great-grandfather, DeWitt Clinton Krone, and his older brother, DuQuesne H. Krone, who were from Macon County and served with the 41st Illinois Volunteer Infantry.

Evans has letters written by those men during the war and he has been putting them on the Internet  "as the 150th anniversary of each entry occurs." His website can be found at

Queries, genealogical questions from researchers and genealogical materials readers would like to share will be printed in this column free. Joan Griffis may be reached via email at or by sending a letter to Illinois Ancestors, c/o The News-Gazette, P.O. Box 677, Champaign, IL 61824-0677.

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