Illinois Ancestors: Well-known genealogist stepping down

Well-known genealogist and speaker Loretto Dennis ("Lou") Szucs has officially retired from her top position at Ancestry "to spend more time with her family." Also well-known for her many books, including "The Source: A Guidebook of American Genealogy," she has been a longtime member of the Illinois State Genealogical Society, has held various positions in several genealogical societies for the

Rich Warren: Grace Mondo radio is the way to go

Radio is dead! Long live radio! Thousands of radio stations populate the Internet from the Antilles to Zambia. If you prefer local stations, they usually sound better online than over-the-air. Listening to Internet radio once required a computer, or more recently your smartphone or tablet. Now you finally can enjoy Internet radio the same way you enjoy conventional radio.

Illinois Ancestors: Scottish Highlanders documented in new series

Dr. David Dobson, noted author of books pertaining to Scottish origins of American colonists, has introduced a new series designed to identify the origins of Scottish Highlanders who traveled to America prior to the Great Highland Migration that began in the 1730s.

His first volume lists groups of Highlanders from Argyll who headed for North Carolina and New York.

Illinois Ancestors: Photos of Civil War veterans online

The Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library in Springfield maintains one of the largest collections of photographs of Illinois Civil War soldiers and they are being made available to researchers on the Internet. Known at The Boys in Blue, the database can be searched at for an individual, a military unit, residence, etc.

Illinois Ancestors: Some newspapers indexed and online

The Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library's Newspaper Collection has over 5,000 newspaper titles on almost 100,000 reels of microfilm. An index compiled by James N.

City opens portal to police, finance data

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Illinois Ancestors: Genealogical conferences benefit researchers

Where can genealogical researchers go to attend any one of 150 genealogical seminars/workshops to be taught by more than 80 experts in their field?

Answer: This year the location is St. Louis, Mo., and May 13-16 are the dates for the National Genealogical Society's (NGS) annual conference, "Crossroads of America."

Illinois Ancestors: Global reunion set for June in New York City

What started out as a "long shot" idea — the world's largest family reunion — is developing into something quite impressive, especially since the National Genealogical Society (NGS), the Federation of Genealogical Societies (FGS) and several well-known genealogists have agreed to support the function.

Residents rally in Champaign to support net neutrality

CHAMPAIGN — About two dozen people marched, held signs and even waved a tambourine outside a Champaign AT&T store on Saturday afternoon to protest possible changes to the Internet.

Rally organizer Danielle Chynoweth said the protesters are urging the Federal Communications Commission to maintain a system known as net neutrality.

Rich Warren: Search still on for immaculate reception

Writing for the Living section of this paper about a wedding reception might be easier than writing here about TV reception. Strapping a large antenna onto my car to travel around two counties checking local reception defies possibility, so I rely on reports from readers, such as this one: