ChicagoAncestors is a project of the Genealogy and Local History section of the Newberry. The project is intended to help genealogists and local historians discover and share historical information about Chicago.
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Building on a strong history of documenting social and political activism in Chicago and the Midwest, the Newberry seeks to collect an enduring record of the many individual expressions of people participating in public demonstrations in Chicago, or Chicagoans participating in such events elsewhere.
Uncover everyday life during the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries and turn turn handwritten documents into searchable digital resources available to the public and scholars world-wide!
Send an e-greeting to a friend with vintage postcard images from the Newberry’s digital collections.
Uncover the history of private religion by transcribing and translating early modern religious manuscripts.