What I Learned at Gail Borden Library

I wrote about my visit to Gail Borden Library here. We weren’t in the library for very long, but then it didn’t take very long to find two invaluable items to add to my family history. The Elgin Newspaper and Vital Record’s Index pointed me toward an obituary for William John McBane. William was married to my…

Gail Borden Public Library

You may be surprised to learn how Elgin Illinois’ Gail Borden Public Library in got it’s name. I certainly was! According to Wikipedia, “In 1892, Samuel and Alfred Church, stepsons of [Mr. Gail] Borden and residents of Elgin, Illinois, purchased and donated the Scofield Mansion at 50 N. Spring Street to house a new library…

The Thousand Mile Journey

Chicago, Chicago, that toddling town. Husband and I recently enjoyed four fun-filled days in the Windy City. We visited with family and friends, played tourist, explored new-to-us genealogical repositories. And we photographed headstones – lots and lots of headstones. Packing for this trip was challenging. Pre-travel weather reports forecast rain and cold. We created Plans B, C and D just…