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Experience living history in your ancestors' homeland.
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You can stop blaming Mrs. O'Leary and her cow for the Great Chicago Fire.
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Learn more about the Prairie State.
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Here's help finding ancestors in the Eastern United States.
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One of the country's biggest counties bucks the trend and eases access to vital records.
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For our ancestors living in rural America—where half the US population resided as late as 1920—mail-order catalogs served “not only as a marketing tool, but also as school readers, almanacs, symbols of abundance and progress, and objects of fantasy and desire,” according to the Encyclopedia of Chicago (a city that was home to both Montgomery Ward and Sears Roebuck. Read about how mail-order catalogues might have shaped your ancestors' lives.
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Learn about Illinois's history and available records in this research guide that includes a map and bibliography.
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Click to your roots from Alabama to Wyoming on these 75 stellar state-focused websites.
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Find your ancestors across the country with these 75 superb state-focused genealogy websites.
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