Joan Griffis/Illinois Ancestors: Writer touched by Ellis Island event

Annie Moore, a 15-year old girl from Ireland, was the first person to enter Ellis Island when it was opened to immigrants in 1892. After visiting there himself, Irish songwriter and novelist Brendan Graham wrote "Isle of Hope, Isle of Tears," a poignant presentation of that young girl's experience.

Wired-In: Tim Hoerr

On Sundays, staff writer Paul Wood spotlights a high-tech difference maker. This week, meet Tim Hoerr, 54, founder and CEO of Serra Ventures, which offers professional advisory services in business strategy, capital formation, business and organization development. The firm specializes in serving high technology enterprises, managing over $30 million in micro-venture capital.

Rich Warren: Your electronics don't want you to strike out

Lightning strikes. Those two words should strike fear into your heart. Thunderstorm season threatens not just those directly exposed to lightning, but to everything electric in your home.

UI's entrepreneurship degree may be first in country

URBANA — Engineering students with the next great idea for a "Guitar Hero" spinoff or a portable solar lamp can soon get a first-ever degree in entrepreneurship at the University of Illinois.

Joan Griffis/Illinois Ancestors: Social media helpful to genealogical researchers

The Illinois State Genealogical Society (ISGS) continues to offer free webinars to anyone who registers. The next session, at 8 p.m. June 14, is described on the ISGS website and is sure to attract new participants. "Social media isn't just for teenagers anymore!

Wired In: Lucas Smith

On Sundays, staff writer Paul Wood spotlights a high-tech difference maker. This week, meet Lucas Smith, 26, CEO of BioAnalytics Inc. His chief operating office is Michael Willard, his freshman roommate and best friend. He has a bachelor's in biochemistry, a master's in molecular biology, specializing in cancer biology, and will move on to a Ph.D. in bioengineering.

Electronics recycling event Saturday

CHAMPAIGN — For Champaign County residents wanting to get rid of that old TV set, Saturday's the day to do it.

The free electronic recycling event — hosted by Champaign County and the cities of Champaign, Urbana and Savoy — runs from 8 a.m. to noon at Parkland College. A fall event will also be held, on Oct. 15.

Rich Warren: I'm phoning this in — but in a good way

Only radio and television matched the smartphone in rapidly saturating the market.

Cellphones zoomed from crude texting and barely browsing the Internet into complete pocket computers and entertainment centers as advanced as most desktop computers.

Now manufacturers scramble to add the latest features to convince us to keep buying these pocket wonders.

Policy giving public 'open access' to research set for approval

URBANA — Taxpayers pour millions of dollars into University of Illinois research every year, and from now on the public could have direct access to the knowledge it produces.

The University of Illinois has developed a new policy on "open access" to research articles published by UI faculty members and researchers, which UI trustees are set to approve in Springfield today.

Joan Griffis/Illinois Ancestors: Ohio marriage records at FamilySearch vary

FamilySearch has an index to Ohio marriages covering 1800-1942, They "do not have rights to publish the images associated with these records." It was disappointing to this researcher that no Murdock marriages are included in this database where a search was made at

But wait!