Joan Griffis/Illinois Ancestors: Revolutionary War-era photos found

Dick Eastman's Online Genealogy Newsletter recently reported that journalist Joe Bauman has posted photographs of men who fought in the Revolutionary War — a rare occurrence since "the dawn of practical photography" was not until the early 1840s.

Twitter cheers the news of new UI chancellor

What they tweeted after Robert Jones was named the next chancellor at the University of Illinois:


Urbana optimistic on fiber-optic sale

URBANA — Urbana officials are optimistic that a mutually beneficial agreement will be reached soon that will give the city enough information to allow it to waive its right to buy iTV-3 Inc. and let St. Louis-based CountryWide Broadband buy the stalled company instead and expand fiber-optic internet throughout the community.

Top of the morning, July 18, 2016

If Slip F-18 and the Busted Flush mean anything to you, there's a pleasant surprise in the digital offerings of the Champaign Public Library.

The TRAVIS McGEE series is available in the library's "My Media Mall" digital service.

Wired-In: Ryan Migalla

On Sundays, staff writer Paul Wood spotlights a high-tech difference-maker. This week, Ryan Migalla, 23, CEO of Finger Diagnostics. A mockup was a finalist in the Cozad New Venture Competition in April.

Everyone's on the 'Go'

Wondering about the people wandering Champaign's West Side Park with their eyes glued to their smartphones?

Confused after overhearing conversations about where one might find Machops and Pikachus around Champaign-Urbana?

Curious after seeing signboards offering discounts to members of teams Valor, Instinct and Mystic?

#TheMJs, July 15, 2016

On Fridays, Marcus Jackson (@MarcusJ_NG) will provide a quick glance at the best that Twitter has to offer. This week, intern Masaki Sugimoto (@MasakiSugimoto) is filling in.


Sheet music for Marching Illini? Buh-bye

When the Marching Illini report to preseason camp in August, the UI band won't be provided with sheets of music for upcoming shows.

Rich Warren: Ransomware can strike any 'smart' device

Many people think they're immune to internet miscreants because they don't use a desktop computer. Recently, a new form of ransomware, which is malware that requires you to pay a ransom to regain your data or control of your device, appeared on smart TVs.

Joan Griffis/Illinois Ancestors: Rootstech 2016 videos are inspirational

The tremendously successful genealogical conference called Rootstech 2016 was attended by thousands of genealogists from around the world and all 50 states. Fortunately, videos of the motivating presentations are available for anyone to enjoy. A word of warning, however: be prepared to spend lots of time — probably hours. Each speaker has so much to share with his/her audience.