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Welcome to Midwest Roots!

I have been a professional writer since 1979, a genealogist since 1999, a professional genealogist since 2009, and a Board-certified professional genealogist since 1 June 2012. Use the “Contact Harold” box to get in touch. I hope this site will help your genealogy quest in at least one of the following ways: (1) Use free […]

Midwestern City Directories in Valparaiso

. . . in the second floor genealogy room, 103 Jefferson Street http://www.pcpls.lib.in.us/valparaiso.html ILLINOIS Champaign-Urbana 1904-12 Chicago 1861-66, 1868-73, 1876-77, 1880, 1885, 1887, 1890, 1893, 1895, 1900, 1905, 1910-11, 1915, 1917, 1923, 1928, 1973 Cicero 1913-27 Evanston 1882-89, 1937-39 Harvey 1907-22 Hyde Park 1883-89 Joliet 1901-1906 Kankakee 1904-25, 1927-35 La Salle/Peru 1905-26 scattered Oak Park […]

Free Lookup in Flint-Thrall Family Letters 1870-1898 (mostly southern Illinois)

Harold Henderson, tr., Flint-Thrall family letters, 1870-1898, typescript with name, place, and subject indexes. Ninety-eight letters in the family of Methodists Rev. Leonidas W. Thrall and Edith M. (Flint) Thrall, mostly from southern Illinois, centering around McKendree College and Lebanon, St. Clair County. Genealogical value lies in the many names mentioned, often without sufficient identification. […]

Free Lookup in 1931 Tilden Tech HS (Chicago) Yearbook

Craftsman (Chicago: Tilden Technical High School, June 1931) Four-year and two-year graduates, with photos and activities and sometimes signatures. Email me with your query at librarytraveler  AT gmail DOT com.

Free Lookup in Abstracts of Obituaries in the Western Christian Advocate 1834-1850

Margaret R. Waters, Dorothy Ruiker, and Doris Leistner, Abstracts of Obituaries in the Western Christian Advocate 1834-1850 (Indianapolis: Indiana Historical Society, 1988). Nearly 8000 obituaries from this Methodist periodical which centered on the Old Northwest Territory states of Ohio, Indiana, Illinois, Michigan, and Wisconsin. Email me with your query at librarytraveler  AT gmail DOT com.

Free Lookup in Place Names of Illinois

Edward Callary, Place Names of Illinois (Urbana and Chicago: University of Illinois Press, 2009). Well over 3,000 place names and origins from the Sucker State. Email me with your query at librarytraveler  AT gmail DOT com.

Presentation: Beyond Fort Wayne, Madison, and the Newberry: Welcome to the Other Midwestern Archives

You’ve been to the biggest, now check out the rest. My personal sample of archives in Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Ohio, and Wisconsin — and a few suggestions of where to find the one YOU need! This presentation includes visuals and runs about 50 minutes. Beginner/Intermediate. Contact me for more information and open dates. Presented at […]

Presentation: “Are We There Yet?” Proof and the Genealogy Police

Case study: Follow the Chilcote trail from the 1900 Chicago census to an unmarked Ohio grave– and decide when there’s enough evidence to prove that George and Edward are two men or one man with two names. This presentation includes visuals and runs about 50 minutes. Beginner/Intermediate. Contact me for more information and open dates. […]

When the Name’s Not the Same

“When the Name’s Not the Same,” Crossroads 5, no. 1 (December 2009):175-182. Published by Utah Genealogical Association. Were there four men? Or just one with different names? And which — if any — was the father?

Can you find St. Charles in 1865?

The Illinois state census of 1865 can help place your family at the end of the Civil War, complete with the name of the household head, the family members’ ages and sexes, the value of their livestock (even in the city — “horsepower” was no metaphor in those days), and sometimes more. The portion for […]

Illinois Small Cities Directories List and Index

The good news is that the following directories have been microfilmed and published commercially; I found them in the microtext collections of the Allen County Public Library Genealogy Center in Fort Wayne. The bad news is that they are only labeled “Illinois” and have no contents or index anywhere that I can find; there’s no […]