Attention Illinois residents! Some of the best genealogy resources online are available for free through the Try-It! Illinois Database trial October 1 – November 30 2011.
This twelfth annual statewide database trial is sponsored by Secretary of State and State Librarian Jesse White and the Illinois State Library. Try-It! Illinois offers library staff and patrons to survey and evaluate a wide variety of electronic resources. Thanks to the partnerships between the Illinois State Library and the participating electronic resource vendors, there is no charge for accessing these databases during Try-It! Illinois.
Due to the nature of this program, libraries are asked not to post the Try-It! Illinois login and password on the Internet, on Web sites or in publicly archived e-newsletters. To access these resources, please contact your local Illinois Library and pick up a login information sheet in person!
Due to the absolutely astounding offering of databases, I’ve compiled a “must see” list of genealogy resources available during the trial:
- African American Heritage
- America`s GenealogyBank
- America`s Historical Newspapers
- America’s Obituaries & Death Notices
- American Broadsides and Ephemera
- Digital Sanborn Maps Geo Edition
- Fold3 History & Genealogy Archives Plus
- Historic Map Works
- Historical Chicago Defender (1909-1975)
- Historical Chicago Tribune (1849 – 1985)
- Historical New York Times (1851 – 2006)
- Newspaper Source Plus
- NewspaperARCHIVE.com (world newspapers from 1700’s onward!)
- ProQuest Obituaries
Here is a recommended list of auxiliary resources which may assist you with your research:
- African-American History Online
- American Antiquarian Society (AAS) Historical Periodicals Collections: Series 1
- American History
- Daily Life America
- Daily Life Through History
- Daily Life World Folklore and Folklife
- Dictionary of Irish Biography
- p4A Antiques Reference database
The Try-It Illinois database trial is a great way for patrons to give libraries valuable observations and feedback regarding online databases. So please let your librarian know what you enjoyed and what tools you found useful!
See you at the library!