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Follow Friday: Midwestern Microhistory

Posted On: January 15th, 2010 | Posted by: Dean


midwestern_microhistory_blog_snipThis week for Follow Friday I’d like to highlight Harold Henderson’s Midwestern Microhistory blog. True to its title, MM focuses on Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Ohio, and Wisconsin research. Those areas are interesting enough by themselves, but it’s Harold’s in-depth coverage of obscure but highly relevant sources, repositories, and historical books that keeps me coming back for more. Frequent themes at MM include:

  • Thoughtful summaries of the best articles from Midwestern genealogical society publications
  • Carefully-chosen quotes from the broad sweep of historical texts that Harold has read (317 are listed in his LibraryThing widget)
  • Surveys of key repositories (e.g, the Newberry Library) including new resources they offer, both online and offline
  • Highlights from recent genealogical conferences in the IL/IN/MI/OH area.

Harold has also been kind enough to link to several of my wife Cynthia‘s blog posts on Chicago genealogy sources, including the Chicago Burial Index and Insurance and Bankruptcy in Chicago.

His tone is always friendly, upbeat, and encouraging. He teaches good research techniques and source considerations by quiet personal example, rather than from atop an ivory tower. I suggest you consider adding Midwestern Microhistory to your genealogy reading list.

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