Month: March 2020

News from the Research Desk Blog

Mount Prospect Census 2020: Have you been counted?

Mount Prospect Census 2020To date, virtually all households in the U.S. will have received an invitation to respond to the 2020 Census in their mailboxes. They received a unique household I.D. with instructions on how to complete online, by phone or by mail. To complete online, please visit: https://my2020census.gov/

Staff at the Library are ready to assist you with any related issues including helping to complete forms online. Please contact staff with your questions or through our online chat service available Monday – Friday, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m., Saturday and Sunday, 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.

For more info and to view the Mount Prospect Census Video (a collaboration between the Library and the Village), please see: https://mppl.org/research/census-2020/

Financial Tools and Resources During COVID-19

Financial advisor Karen Chan has compiled an extensive list of resources, links and updates for individuals and businesses affected by COVID-19. Karen has been educating the public about financial topics for twenty-five years; she presents programs at libraries throughout the greater Chicago metropolitan area and for organizations such as the Illinois Municipal Retirement Fund. Karen was one of the founding Money Smart Week partners in 2002 and has been an active partner throughout Money Smart Week’s history. Check out the resources at her website HERE.

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Free Photo Colorization from MyHeritage

Would you like see your family’s black and white photographs in a new light? You may want to look into a service offered by the genealogy online resource MyHeritage. The company revolutionized the world of online genealogy web sites recently when the company announced that anyone could upload black-and-white photographs to MyHeritage.com and then the web site would AUTOMATICALLY convert each photo to a color image.  This service was only available to people who had a full MyHeritage subscription.  Now EVERYONE can obtain FREE and unlimited access to MyHeritage In Color™ from March 23 to April 23, 2020. Ordinarily only 10  photos can be colorized by users who do not have a Complete plan, but now, you can colorize as many photos as you’d like for free.  A free online access subscription is required if you would like MyHeritage to add the photos to their extensive photograph collection.

To get started, go to http://www.myheritage.com/incolor.

 

Historical Newspapers

Canvass_for_Funds Newspaper_ArticleSomething you might wonder about when staying safe inside is how people rose to meet other challenges in history. A good way to find out is through historical newspapers. In these you will be able to find headlines, articles, pictures, opinions and the even the weather report at that time. Here are Mount Prospect Public Library’s top three historical newspaper sources:

1. Newspapers.com Library Edition. This is a sibling database of Ancestry.com Library Edition. It has millions of pages from sixteen thousand newspapers extending back to the 17th Century.

2. Newspaper Archive contains hundreds of Illinois papers, including the archives of The Daily Herald. If you browse papers by cities, the full run is found under Arlington Heights.  Now available to home users!

3. The Chicago Tribune through the ProQuest Historical Newspapers. Here you can read every issue from 1849 to 1996. It is the easiest to search.

Ancestry Library Edition available from home

If you are looking for at-home project, Ancestry Library Edition is opening its database for home users for a limited time. This is an exciting deal because it is regularly something only available in the Library. So if you are one our regular genealogists or want to explore something new, you can access it through our Web Resources page with your Library Card and PIN.

Another of our genealogy web sites, Family Search, has assembled family history activities to keep you occupied. You will need to create an account, but the service is free.