Bookstores and websites offer a multitude of guides and instructions for doing genealogical research. However, there are many pitfalls that can hinder such research, whether they are untrue family stories or false family trees found online.
Anyone with an interest in the history of the cities and towns in Illinois will enjoy Stan Banash's new book, "Roadside History of Illinois," which is both informative and entertaining. Written almost as a tour guide, the book identifies Illinois' cities and towns in seven regions: Southern, Western, Central, Eastern and Northern plus Metropolitan Chicago and Chicago's Neighborhoods.
Welcome to Black Thursday, once known as Thanksgiving. Since you're perusing an electronics/technology column instead of basting the turkey, you might be heading out to buy the latest toy/gizmo/must-have piece of electronics.
Tablets remain a hot topic as a few of you commented after a recent column.
Shortly after writing it, I entered the Apple Reality Distortion Zone. This phenomenon mesmerizes people to buy anything new from Apple. Being a PC kind of guy, I thought I was immune.
Q: Should I use a credit or debit card for online purchases? Is there any difference?
A: Legally, there are differences, which probably give credit cards the edge for buying online.
Credit cards are basically loans that you repay to a lender. Debit cards make withdrawals from your bank.
As the country continues to commemorate the 150th anniversary of the Civil War, an important event should be remembered on Nov. 19. It was on that date in 1863 that President Lincoln gave his Gettysburg Address at the dedication of the national cemetery there.
The principal speaker that day was Edward Everett, and Lincoln was also asked to make a "few appropriate remarks."
CHAMPAIGN — Internet giant Yahoo says its decision on whether to nearly double its space and triple its employment numbers in Champaign will be driven by whether the city council signs off on a package of development incentives.
CHAMPAIGN — The University of Illinois will want to be paid back by the Urbana-Champaign Big Broadband nonprofit when officials know how much the school had to cover in expenses for work left undone after a federal grant expired.
Some emigrants to the American colonies came as "indentured" servants, agreeing in a written contract to be an apprentice or to serve a master without wages for a specified number of years in exchange for passage on a ship.
Cyber security is the focus of the Illinois Emergency Management Agency's preparedness campaign for the month of October.
Cyber security includes backing up important data, having strong passwords, not opening suspicious e-mails and teaching kids what to watch out for online.
It also means being safe when shopping over the Internet, said IEMA spokesperson Patti Thompson.