Friday, March 23, 2012

Follow Friday: Extra, Extra!

I have in the past extolled the virtues of using foreign-language newspapers in genealogical research (here).  This week one of my favorite genealogy blogs, Midwestern Microhistory,  informed readers of a few exciting resources for those working on Chicago genealogy (here).

The most exciting for me was the Foreign Language Press Survey from the Newberry Library, which is a collection of translated articles from foreign language newspapers in Chicago between the years 1855 and 1940.  The project was administered by the Chicago Public Library with funding from the Depression-era Works Progress Administration.  The articles represent several different ethnic groups, with particular large numbers of articles from German, Polish, Bohemian (Czech), Greek, Swedish and Norwegian sources.

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