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Characteristics of Historical Thinking

“Almost every historian has his or her own personal list of the characteristics of historical thinking, but abilities that come up again and again are: 1. The ability to tell the difference between a primary and a secondary source. 2. The ability to “source the source”; that is, figure out who created the source, when […]


African-American Issues of 100 Years Ago

The magazine articles on this page were selected from the Readers’ Guide to Periodical Literature, Vol. 4, 1915-18. They represent prominent African-American issues at that time, when many African-Americans from the rural south were migrating to northern cities, and when the U.S. entered World War I. You can find all volumes of the Readers Guide […]


Experimental Communities in 19th Century America

The History of the Great Lakes States website has a number of books and articles about experimental communities. Most were based on community property rather than private property. Some were religious; some secular. Click on the page name to open it in a new tab, and you’ll find the recommended works there. They are listed […]


Illinois Genealogy & Local History Resources

We have many free online books, articles and maps, as well as links to online collections; all of which can be useful to anyone studying family history or local history in Illinois. If you scroll down the History of the Great Lakes States Home page, you will find buttons leading to 15 subject pages with […]


Indiana Genealogy & Local History Resources

We have many free online books, articles and maps, as well as links to online collections; all of which can be useful to anyone studying Indiana genealogy, family history or local history in Indiana. Scroll down the History of the Great Lakes States Home page to find buttons leading to 15 subject pages with resources […]


County Archives Inventories

The Historical Records Survey The Roosevelt administration established the Works Progress Administration (WPA) during the depression of the 1930s to create jobs and boost economic growth. One project of the WPA, begun in 1936, was called the “Historical Records Survey”. Its purpose was to inventory public records around the U.S., and to assist local authorities […]