Joan Griffis/Illinois Ancestors: Indiana research trip planned for August

The National Genealogical Society (NGS) has begun accepting registrations for its guided research trip to the Allen County Public Library (ACPL) in Fort Wayne, Ind., to be held Aug. 15-19. Pamela S. Eagleson and Patricia Walls Stamm will be the research consultants available to assist participants with five days of individual research.

Baby, you ought to be in pictures

URBANA — Before they were even expecting their first child, Rachel Roberts-Galbraith and her husband, Kyle Galbraith, would drive by a billboard on University Avenue on their way to work and notice the pictures and names of newborn bundles of joy.

"It was something that made us happy to see," Roberts-Galbraith said.

Top of the morning, Feb. 29, 2016

I like getting ready for road trips.

I tend to overpack when it comes to digital devices: What if my laptop dies? Better bring a backup.

(What if the backup dies? You don't want to know how far I can extend this logic.)

Anyway, I was getting ready for a trip recently that involves two long days of driving.

So naturally, I went to the Champaign Public Library.

Wired In: Mark Laufenberg

On Sundays, staff writer Paul Wood spotlights a high-tech difference maker. This week, meet MARK LAUFENBERG, 46, the president and co-founder of PowerWorld. 


Way more than kicking the tires

URBANA — It feels a little like the few weeks before Christmas at the Urbana Fire Department.

That's because a brand-new, sparkling maroon fire rescue pumper should be delivered soon.

Rich Warren: Be careful what you repair, the fix could be in

Most farmers spend winters repairing and refurbishing their machinery. My former neighbor Jimmy used to strip down his combine and tractor, replacing worn parts while cleaning and lubricating the rest. He boasted of using his machinery for over 20 years. That's not as simple as it once was, since most new farm machinery, especially combines and planters, now include sophisticated electronics.

Just 1 question: What's cool about Engineering in the Classroom?

If you know how to use simple machines, you can create anything. That's the lesson fifth-graders at Lincoln Trail Elementary in Mahomet are learning from local engineers who have been paying twice-a-week visits to their classroom since the beginning of January.

Deal could speed up UC2B installation

CHAMPAIGN — If you're still waiting on Big Broadband to come to your neighborhood, a pending deal could speed things up in the near future if Champaign and Urbana officials approve.

Joan Griffis/Illinois Ancestors: White slave children's ancestry traced

White children who were kidnapped between 1660 and 1720 and sent to plantations as servants in Maryland and Virginia have been documented in Richard Hayes Phillips' book, "Without Indentures: Index to White Slave Children in Colonial Court Records (Maryland and Virginia." In his most recent book, "White Slave Children of Colonial Maryland and Virginia Birth a