Thursday, June 17, 2010

Resource: ChicagoAncestors.org


ChicagoAncestors.org is an amazing treasure trove of information if your ancestors lived in Chicago.  Developed by The Newberry Library, you can not only lookup information based on an address, but by registering at the site, you can also become a contributor and share your family's Chicago history.

Here are some highlights of the site:
  • When you enter an address or a street intersection, you can locate various items such as historic buildings, digital images of old postcards, even crimes that occurred within a radius of .5 to 3.0 miles.
  • The Browse tab allows you to browse by category or by collection.  Collections include:
American Terra Cotta Company
CB&Q Collection
Chicago Genealogist
Chicago Neighborhood Research Guide
ChicagoPC
Chicago Tribute Markers of Distinction
Cushman Photographs
Digital Past
Great Houses of Chicago
Historic American Buildings Survey
Homicide in Chicago
Jazz Age Chicago
Lutheran Churches
Modern Manuscripts
New York Public Library Images
Roman Catholic Churches
Synagogue Collection
Yearbook Collection
User Contributions
  • The Tools tab is filled with useful links including Address Conversion Tools, city maps, select Chicago City Directories from 1866 - 1923, and more!
A special shout out to Jen at Family History Research Tips for reminding me about this great resource!

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