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If you have Illinois ancestors, here’s an important acronym to know:
It stands for Illinois
Regional Archives Depository, a statewide records management system that divides
the state into seven regions and helps you access genealogical records.
IRAD is just one of the Illinois resources Thomas MacEntee will introduce you to in
Genealogy Crash Course webinar, Wednesday, Sept. 21, at 7 p.m. Eastern (6 Central,
5 Mountain, 4 Pacific).
MacEntee, a Chicagoan, creator of the GeneaBloggers website,
and author of the November
2011 Family Tree Magazine Chicago research guide, will cover important
Illinois history, including migration patterns:
“From 1800 to 1840, many migrated to southern Illinois from Kentucky, Tennessee, the
Carolinas and Virginia,” he says. “After 1830, they came to central Illinois from
Indiana, Ohio and Pennsylvania. The period from 1840 to 1920 saw a flow of immigrants
to the Chicago area. A great migration of African-Americans from the South to Chicago
and other northern cities took place from 1920 to 1970.”
You’ll also get information on essential Illinois records, including the marriage
return, and other websites where you can do research on ancestors from the Land of
Be sure to take advantage of our Early Bird special, which saves you $10 off your Illinois
Genealogy Crash Course webinar registration.