Illinois Ancestors: Probate files invaluable to researchers

The announcement that has added a massive collection of U.S. probate files to its database is welcome news to genealogists. Probate records document the legal process by which a will is proven valid or an estate is settled without a will and provide data often not found elsewhere.

Area history, Sept. 23, 2015

Today is Wednesday, Sept. 23, 2015. Here are news reports from this date 100, 50 and 15 years ago:

My Amish Home: Time to break out the fall jackets

"Fret not thyself because of evildoers, neither be thou envious against the workers of iniquity, for they shall soon be cut down like the grass, and wither as the green herb. Trust in the Lord and do good; so shall thou dwell in the land, and verily thou shalt be fed. Delight thyself also in the Lord; and he shall give thee the desires of thine heart." Psalm 37:1-4

Rantoul band to play New York

RANTOUL — Rantoul High's band is ready to take a bite out of the Big Apple.

4-H results from the Illinois State Fair

4-H Results at the State Fair

Ford County

Brooke Beyers, Prairie Fire 4-H Club, Fashion Review, Superior Award

Taylor Dueringer, Town and Country Helpers 4-H Club, Beginning Scrapbooking, Superior Award

Faith Duke, Melvin Adventurers 4-H Club, Heritage Arts, Superior Award

Top of the morning, Sept. 23, 2015

During the last total lunar eclipse — 1982 — the director of Parkland's Staerkel Planetarium was a junior in college, living in Urbana and "attempting to understand advanced physics."

The long wait ends Sunday night.

"One of the coolest things in nature," is how David Leake describes it.

Area history, Sept. 22, 2015

Today is Tuesday, Sept. 22, 2015. Here are news reports from this date 100, 50 and 15 years ago:

Spotlight on Service, Sept. 22, 2015

This week: Urbana Knights of Columbus

About the club

Grand Knight:Jeff Kneer

Origin: Chartered 50 years ago Saturday — Sept. 26, 1965.

Meets: 10:15 a.m. on the third Sunday of the month at the St. Patrick's Catholic Church Parish Center Lounge.

Top of the morning, Sept. 22, 2015

Season ticket-holders for Illinois football recently received a surprise inside a small, white envelope: complimentary tickets to Saturday's 3 p.m. kickoff against Middle Tennessee.

Hessel Park firetruck back on display in Tolono

TOLONO — One of these days, it may be boring to pose for photos in Tolono with a small red firetruck that started there, moved to Champaign, came back, sat in storage, and now is resting outdoors, on grass again, for all the world to see.

Right now, it's still a novelty.

Thank Denny Davis.