Chicago Genealogist, Vol. 4, no. 4–CARLI Digital Collections Featured Image

Chicago Genealogist image
From Chicago Genealogist (Newberry Library) in CARLI Digital Collections.

This image from the Summer 1972 cover of Chicago Genealogist is what we call in the digital collection biz a home run. All of the very hottest topics in digitization are pulled together in a single image. The most dedicated citizen researcher consumers of internet content are genealogists, train enthusiasts, and Civil War buffs. The fact that the image and collection have a Chicago focus too is icing on the cake.

Sheet 3 of the issue explains that the cover photo depicts Lincoln’s Funeral Train as it visited Chicago in early May of 1865. Sheet 5 describes how four-year-old Ida Ekvall’s parents took her to see the train draped in black. Studying the picture you can see the garlands hung on the sides of the cars

This digital collection goes back to the journal’s inception in 1969 and includes coverage through 2007. The issues contain essays, calls for information, book reviews, and other contributions from the members of the Chicago Genealogical Society.

Written by Mary Rose, Metadata Librarian at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville.

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