If you want to peer into Chicago's past, block-by-block, you should definitely give the Chicago Ancestors website a look. The site is a project of the Newberry Library and its goal is "to help genealogists and local historians discover and share historical information about Chicago." The funding for the project came from the Illinois State Library, which used funds provided by the Institute for Museum and Library Studies. First-time visitors can complete a free registration form, which will give them full access to the site. Once registered, they can contribute their own stories, photos, and comments. Any visitor is welcome to type an address or intersection into the search form. Each search can return documents from over 12 different sources and visitors can click through to view these ephemeral items associated with the address or location. Finally, the Tools area includes a listing of Special Topics, along with Chicago City Directories and address conversion tools.
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