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The local history, microhistory and genealogy of the American Midwest, with a special focus on Illinois and Indiana.
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Midwestern Microhistory: A Genealogy Blog: Indiana Resources and Events

Midwestern Microhistory: A Genealogy Blog: Indiana Resources and Events | Midwestern local history and genealogy | Scoop.it

The September issue of Indiana Genealogist is out! This may be the only state quarterly published exclusively online, available to Indiana Genealogical Society members. The color image potential of the web is being used well. More than half the issue is devoted to David C. Bailey Sr.'s intriguing listing of Indiana Civil War veterans who were members of California posts of the Grand Army of the Republic organization in 1886, based in part on a published source. Clearly there's still room for those with Indiana relatives to write their family histories for publication.

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Midwestern Microhistory: A Genealogy Blog: What Are Friends, Associates, and Neighbors For?

Midwestern Microhistory: A Genealogy Blog: What Are Friends, Associates, and Neighbors For? | Midwestern local history and genealogy | Scoop.it

(1) They can resolve questions of identity. I have used neighbors to help establish that a common-name man in two different places was the same person.

(2) They may actually be relatives, such as in-laws.

(3) They may have come from the same previous place as the research target, but have better evidence for it.

(4) They may be the ultimate desirable neighbor: one who was affluent, talkative, gossipy, and verbose, and who left papers and diaries now held in an archive.

(Can you name more?)

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Midwestern Microhistory: Advocacy: Honey or Vinegar or Both?

Midwestern Microhistory: Advocacy: Honey or Vinegar or Both? | Midwestern local history and genealogy | Scoop.it


There's little point in protesting a century-old courthouse fire. But an economy-minded state government closing down a public archive? Sometimes we have to switch gears, from making do to making waves. And while Georgia may have disgraced itself by being the first state to do this, there is real danger that it may not be the last.

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Shimer College: Great Books Curriculum

Shimer College: Great Books Curriculum | Midwestern local history and genealogy | Scoop.it


As a Shimer student, you will become part of a community whose very purpose is to explore the great works of the Western intellectual tradition that comprise the College’s core curriculum. By studying texts that are widely thought of as “classics,” you will take part in the Great Conversation of ideas that have shaped our world. You will learn to puzzle over and appreciate beauty, analyze theories, and grapple with old and complex problems that have challenged human thinkers for centuries.

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Midwestern Microhistory: A Genealogy Blog: Portfolio Choices for BCG Certification, Part 4 of 5: Case Study

Midwestern Microhistory: A Genealogy Blog: Portfolio Choices for BCG Certification, Part 4 of 5: Case Study | Midwestern local history and genealogy | Scoop.it

The complex-evidence case study may be the hardest piece of the portfolio to choose; it was for me. We have to pick a non-trivial problem and solve it -- and the problem has to involve either conflicting direct evidence or conflict between direct and indirect evidence, or only indirect evidence. I personally recommend finding a problem of the first two types. (There are plenty of problems for which there is no relevant direct evidence, but you cannot tell which they are at the start.)

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Frances Ann Wood Shimer (1826-1901)

Frances Ann Wood Shimer (1826-1901) | Midwestern local history and genealogy | Scoop.it
Co-founder with Cindarella Gregory of the school today known as Shimer College, the Great Books college of Chicago. ( http://shimer.edu ) May 11th is the anniversary of the school's founding in 1853.
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The One, The Only, The Original Victoria Clafin Woodhull

Victoria Claflin Woodhull announced her candidacy for President of the United States almost 50 years before the passage of the 19th Amendment gave women the right to vote in all of the United States. Woodhull stood apart from other leaders of the Suffrage movement by her audacity, frank embrace of the most radical social causes, her shocking open challenge to Victorian sensibilities, and her mesmerizing affect on the public and press.

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Midwestern Microhistory: A Genealogy Blog: Subterranean Direct Evidence: A Research Travelogue

Midwestern Microhistory: A Genealogy Blog: Subterranean Direct Evidence: A Research Travelogue | Midwestern local history and genealogy | Scoop.it

In my experience, aspiring genealogists who read the top journals would love to read more than the polished, logical summary. They also want a taste of the research process that made the polished, logical summary possible. Here's one taste, involving my mother-in-law's great-grandfather's sister Elizabeth Bassett, who married Harry Porter. In this case finding Harry's origins was the problem.

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Midwestern Microhistory: A Genealogy Blog: Portfolio Choices for BCG Certification, Part 5 of 5: Kinship Determination Project

Midwestern Microhistory: A Genealogy Blog: Portfolio Choices for BCG Certification, Part 5 of 5: Kinship Determination Project | Midwestern local history and genealogy | Scoop.it

The kinship determination project is often the longest single piece in a BCG portfolio. Strictly speaking, it doesn't have to be. The specific requirements are to prove the two connections between three generations of the same family, and to place them in historical context. My second KDP was 71 pages long; a friend's was 13. We both passed.

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