Wednesday, May 7, 2014

Genealogical Resource Review - NARA

The U.S. National Archives and Records Administration (NARA)

NARA has thousands of genealogical records holdings (much now online) including U.S. Federal Census, immigration, tax, land, military, Native American, naturalization, passport records and more.  They also offer free research guides and genealogy education (written & video), tools, tips, genealogy workshops & events, preservation advice and much more.  See the links below for popular genealogy topics. 

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Sunday, May 4, 2014

Research Q & A - Calumet Baking Powder Co.

Here at the Chicago Genealogical Society we occasionally receive questions from our members and others reaching out to us. If you can help answer the question or have more information to add, please leave a comment below.

Here is a recent question received:

We are members of the Chicago Genealogy Society. My cousin and I have a large group photo of employees at Calumet Baking Powder Factory in Chicago.  We have no date and don't recognize anyone. We are sure there are lots of people who may know people in this photo. We had 2 ancestors who worked for a short time at Calumet Baking Powder. The women have hair nets on. There is a structure in the background and I think a boxcar with a big & sign on it. It is too fragile to take somewhere to copy so we photographed it.

-Karen and Luann

Have research questions? Have a mystery photo? Send it along with what you know about it to, or post it to our CGS Facebook Page.  We may not be able to answer every question, but we may post your question on the blog or in our newsletter.