Illinois Ancestors: FamilySearch lists Illinois mortality schedules

Mortality schedules were first created at the same time the 1850 federal Census was enumerated and consist of lists of people who had died between June 1849 and May 1950. Similarly, mortality schedules were created at the time of the 1860, 1870 and 1880 Censuses, and identified people who had died June 1859 to May 1860, June 1869 to June 1870, and June 1879 to May 1880.

Top of the Morning, Dec. 4, 2017

I was making several maps for the worst possible reason last week.

Thanksgiving weekend begins a six-week period of heavy travel, and in our area, that means a lot more vehicles on Interstates 57, 72 and 74 — and as a result, a higher potential for accidents.

Rich Warren: Enhance your internet security at no cost

In this age of near catastrophic internet security, a nonprofit organization has taken a major step to help the average computer user. The Global Cyber Alliance began testing this innovation 15 months ago and now offers its Quad9 DNS to the general public free of charge. One of Global Cyber Alliance's partners in this venture is IBM, which reinforces its credibility.

Wired In: Samuel Walder

Each week, staff writer Paul Wood chats with a high-tech entrepreneur. This week, meet recent University of Illinois graduate and Trala founder SAMUEL WALDER, whose app helps violin and viola players learn music faster and make fewer errors by tracking practice time and providing instant feedback.

Entertainment listings, Nov. 30-Dec. 7, 2017


This weekend


What: Annual Christmas display of lights in the park.

When: Light displays, 5 to 11 p.m. every evening, Nov. 30 until Jan. 2, 2018.

Where: McFerren Park, Hoopeston.

Cost: Free.

More info: Call 217-495-2800 or 217-274-2956.


Illinois Ancestors: U.S. has had poorhouses in the past

"Yes! There really was such a thing as a Poorhouse! It was not just something your parents made up, like a boogeyman, to frighten you into saving your money and spending carefully and to discourage you from making excessive, greedy demands on the family budget. County Poorhouses dotted the US throughout most of the 1800s."

Publisher of Better Homes, Family Circle buying Time Inc. for $1.8 billion

NEW YORK (AP) — Magazine and broadcasting company Meredith is buying magazine publisher Time for about $1.8 billion to bulk up on readers as the publishing industry navigates the difficult transition to digital from print.

The Reluctant Townie: On robots, the singularity and our fate

In October of this year, Saudi Arabia granted the world's first citizenship to a robot. The humanoid, named Sophia, is the brainchild of Hanson Robotics, an American firm by way of Hong Kong, and it (she?) is controlled by an ever-evolving artificial intelligence.

Rich Warren: Use caution on Cyber Monday

Still hung over from Black Friday? Ironically, attaching "black" to a day used to denote an ominous or catastrophic day in history. Tomorrow is Cyber Monday, the online equivalent of Black Friday. Truth be told, mass hysteria ignites the shopping frenzy. Many people buy electronics they don't need or find themselves hoodwinked into bargains that aren't bargains.

Wired In: Brent Trenhaile

Each week, staff writer Paul Wood chats with a high-tech difference-maker. This week, meet BRENT TRENHAILE, senior vice president of technology at Agrible. After earning his doctorate at the University of Illinois, he now heads up projects that include helping to produce Homer Simpson's favorite beverage.