Happy Belated Blogoversary To Me!

October 12 was the 4th anniversary of Illuminated Ancestries blog.  Thank you to all my readers, followers, and subscribers!  It has been great fun, and I’m looking forward to my next year of blogging. Carol Genung

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First Berry-Lincoln Store This is the first store William Berry and Abraham Lincoln owned; located in New Salem, IL in 1832.  In January of 1833, they moved to a larger store across the street from this one.

USCIS: Genealogy

USCIS: Genealogy US Citizenship and Immigration Services website. Can order genealogy record from them; such as naturalizations, etc. See the brochure below. Here is a PDF brochure: http://www.uscis.gov/USCIS/Genealogy/genealogy%20brochure%203-09.pdf “The USCIS Genealogy Program is a fee-for-service program providing family historians and other researchers with timely access to historical immigration and naturalization records. ” from their website. ___________________________________________________________________________________ A government genealogy service lets family history leap off the page LA Times newspaper

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Funeral Cards

National Archives Celebrates African-American History Month in February

The following announcement was written by the U.S. National Archives and records Administration: WASHINGTON, Jan. 28 — The National Archives will celebrate African-American History Month in February with special films, public programs, book talks, and lectures, including a special event on the legacy of John Hope Franklin. These events are free and open to the public and will be held at the National Archives Building in Washington, D.C., and at