It's All Relative
9. Identify people by writing the names on the backs of photos. Ask others to help you.
8. Use * in you online searches. John* picks up Johnson, Johnsen, and Johnston. Try variations of names (William Thurber, William O Thurber, Bill, Billy, Wm, Will* or even Thurber, William.) Keep a list of all variations of surnames. Use those variations when you are searching a new website(e.g. Stanbro, Stanbury, Stanberry, Stanbrough).
7. Two great websites to start with are www.ancestry.com (free at the library) and www.familysearch.org (available from home).
6. Other good websites for beginners include www.findagrave.com and www.cyndislist.com (both are free from home). By using your library card you can access many of the library's databases - Access Historical Archive, Fold3 (has military records), and HeritageQuest to name a few.
5. For Illinois records try:
3. If you order films from familysearch.org, you can request they be sent to the library to be examined and make paper or electronic copies during any of the hours that the library is open.
2. Some great tools to consider using are a data program like Familytreemaker or Reunion, a portable scanner, and the snipping tool which is probably already on your computer and free!
1. Please ask the Shackley Room volunteer or Michael Mulholland any genealogy questions you might have. We are always happy to help.