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Checking Out Chicago’s Old German Newspapers

Wait…what?  Julie’s working on her own genealogy?  Yes, it’s been quite some time since I’ve been able to work on my own family history, much less blog about it.  Sadly, I’ve been sitting on this find since May 2014, yikes!  But today, with actual free time (I know, shocking!!), I decided to work on my ever-growing pile of “stuff” accumulated from various research trips over the last few years.  It’s a neat find and I thought I’d share it with my genealogy buddies.

Over the last few years (when I have time, that is), I have been working on a few of my German lines, using German records both in the United States and abroad.  Stepping into this land of records is challenging due to the fact that the language AND the handwriting/text is foreign.  While I don’t have total command over this obstacle yet, I continue to grow.  Heck, I found this tiny little notice about my second great-grandfather’s death, despite the fact that his name was spelled wrong.  How often have we overlooked a short notice in a newspaper that’s written in our native tongue?  (I’ve got my hand raised!)  What’s more, I haven’t seen this newspaper clipping (or much else in German script) for almost a year, and I could still glance at it and find what I needed!  Boy, if I can do it, anyone can!!  Though I’ll admit, I had my cheat-sheet with me, that has all of my surnames shown in the German script used in the newspaper so I could easily identify them.  I blogged about doing the same thing for German handwriting while perusing German church records (see Tip for German Research – Write it Out…in GERMAN!).

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3-Day Event to Commemorate the Charleston Riot


March 28, 2014, marks the 150th anniversary of the Charleston Riot that took place in this Illinois town during the Civil War.  To commemorate and share the history of the Riot, a three-day event has been put together for March 28-30, 2014, in Charleston.  The event is free, with the exception of the Saturday dinner, where tickets are $30 (I heard about a week ago they were close to selling out).  There are a variety of activities planned over the three-day period.  The dinner on Saturday night will feature noted Lincoln scholar, Harold Holzer, who is a fantastic and entertaining speaker (well worth the $30 admission!).  To learn more about the event, including a schedule of activities, visit The Charleston Illinois Riot website.

Photo:  Charleston, Illinois, courthouse.  The photo is in the public domain and available at Wikipedia.