Any early history of a family is intertwined with the history of the area where that family lived. The O'Sullivans are considered one of the oldest documented royal families on record, and William Randolph McCreight's research provides details of early history of Ireland and that family.
"O'Sullivan. The Earliest Irish Royal Family. History and Genealogy, 3rd edition" traces the O'Sullivans from the fifth century AD.
Many illustrations of family castles augment the narrative, which includes references to France, Spain, and America.
O'Sullivans arrived in Virginia in 1655, and Part II of this book provides lists of descendants of the earliest emigrants.
Admittedly, the numbering system seems cumbersome, especially since the spellings of names are often ambiguous because "the names in various documents for the same people are sometimes different because Gaelic names were either anglicized or simply transliterated into English in different ways."
Nevertheless, anyone with O'Sullivan/Sullivan ancest- ry will find this book most informative and very interesting.
McCreight's "O'Sullivan. The Earliest Irish Royal Family; History and Genealogy, 3rd edition" is a 179-page, softcover, illustrated, indexed, 7-by-11-inch book, ISBN 978-0-8063-5647-1, that can be ordered as item No. 8355 from Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc., 3600 Clipper Mill Road, Suite 260, Baltimore, MD 21211 for $29.95 plus shipping (first book, $5.50; each additional book, $2.50.)
Visa and MasterCard orders may be placed at 800-296-6687 or online at http://www.genealogical.com .
Brian Mitchell, who has written several books on Ireland, writes that this book "will really appeal to those who want to dig deep into Irish history."
Illiana Cemetery Tour
The Illiana Genealogical & Historical Society will host its fourth cemetery tour, "Perusing the Past," on Sept. 14.
After coffee and coffee cake at 9:30 a.m., the tour bus will leave from the Illiana Genealogy Library, 215 W. North St., Danville.
Participants will visit the Sandusky Cemetery, the Saints Peter & Paul Cemetery, the Westville Depot, the Lithuanian Cemetery and the Greenwood Cemetery. Lunch will be provided at the Westville Senior Center, and the tour will end back at the Illiana Genealogy Library at 3 p.m.
The cost is $20 per person and includes transportation and lunch. To make a reservation, contact IGHS at 217-431-8733 or write IGHS, 215 W. North St., Danville, IL 61832.
Cook County records
The Clerk's Office of Cook County offers noncertified versions of vital records at its Genealogy Unit website. More than 8 million birth, marriage and death records for Chicago and Cook County are in these databases beginning in 1872 (the October 1871 fire destroyed all earlier records.)
Registration (free) is required to view the indexes. Birth records are 75 years old or older, marriage records are at least 50 years old, and death records are 20 years or older.
A search can be made in various fields: last name, first name, year range or by year and file number. A record type must also be selected. A click on a name link, will take one to a page allowing for an electronic copy (for a small fee.) Visit cookcountygenealogy.com.
Britain's slave owners
Researchers at University College London have been compiling a searchable list of persons who received compensation for loss of their slaves when slave ownership was outlawed in Britain in 1833.
The database does not have information on the slaves themselves, but a search for a slave owner can made at http://www.ucl.ac.uk/lbs ; the database identifies about 46,000 individuals.
This website also provides a link to a guide, "Researching Slave-owners Further." (This guide can be accessed directly at http://www.ucl.ac.uk/lbs /images/research_guide.pdf.)
The six-page guide gives details on various record sources as well as links to some data online.
The guide should be studied by anyone having British ancestors who were slave-owners or who were slaves, for a better understanding of the types of records kept and their accessibility today.
Du Quoin's history
The Du Quoin Historical Preservation Committee was the recent recipient (April 2013) of one of Megan Smolenyak's genealogy grants "to be used toward a project to have the 1953 Centennial edition of the Du Quoin Evening Call reprinted to celebrate the town's 100th anniversary this year."
The 60-page newspaper includes biographies, human interest stories and more. Du Quoin's Tourism Commission (at http://www.duquointourism.org ) calls the city "the best kept secret of Southern Illinois" and advertises three historical books and historical post cards on its website.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org  or by sending a letter to Illinois Ancestors, c/o The News-Gazette, P.O. Box 677, Champaign, IL 61824-0677.