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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 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 Michigan Place Names

Walter Romig, Michigan Place Names (Detroit: Wayne State University Press, 1988). More than 5,000 names and origins from the Wolverine 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 […]

Michigan Small City Directories and Indexes

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 “Michigan” and have no contents or index anywhere that I can find; there’s no […]