African American Heritage
A dedicated resource that brings together records critical to African American family research. Search primary sources devoted specifically to African American family history. It also includes exclusive partnership with AfriGeneas -- a popular networking site devoted to African American genealogy -- for direct access to expert advice, moderated forums, chats, mailing lists, surname registry, and more. Available from home with your BPL library card. For more information about this resource, please view this video
Search current and archived coverage of issues, events, people, government, sports and more with the largest collection of full-text U.S. newspapers. Find titles from across the US & Illinois. Includes staff-written articles, obituaries, editorials, announcements, real estate and other sections.Ancestry Library Edition While this resource is normally available only from within the library, Ancestry is allowing use from home through 03.31.2021.
One of the most popular resources for genealogical information, with family history data for over 500 million names, including census information for 1790-1930, city directories, military records, and much more. ArchiveGrid
Search for historical documents, personal papers and family histories held in archives throughout the world.Fold3
Find the stories, photos, documents, and military records for the men and women who served our country in this military genealogy database. Fold3 helps you discover and share stories of the everyday heroes, forgotten soldiers, and the families who supported them.HeritageQuest
Family history resource that includes U.S. federal census, family genealogies, local histories, tax lists, city directories, land and probate records, birth, marriage and death records, genealogical and local history serials, and more. Newspapers.com, Pantagraph Archive 1857-1985
Access dozens of historical Illinois newspapers, including the Daily Pantagraph 1857-1985, the Weekly Pantagraph 1848-1954, and the Bloomington Observer 1838. Pantagraph -- full issues starting Jan. 1, 2019 This resource is only available in the library.
Read full issues of this daily newspaper from Jan. 1, 2019 through the present. Earlier dates are available on microfilm. To search the Pantagraph for specific articles, use the Pantagraph Online (Newsbank) database.Pantagraph Online
Click here to search the Bloomington Pantagraph archives from 1989 - today. Find full-text articles on local news, issues, events, people and much more from current and archived issues of the Pantagraph. Updated daily, it includes obituaries, editorials, announcements, sports, real estate and other sections. Available from inside the library or from home.Post Amerikan
The Post Amerikan was Bloomington-Normal's underground alternative newspaper published from 1972 to 2004, making its 32 years the longest continuous publication run for any underground newspaper in America. This historic newspaper is now available online due to a collaboration between the McLean County Museum of History
, owner of an archive of nearly all the Post Amerikan's 32 year run of issues, and EIU's Booth Library
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