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Our Most Popular History Links

The most frequently-visited links on History of the Great Lakes States over the past year were: 1. “Learn Web Skills” County & Town Histories for Ohio 2. Michigan County Histories and Atlases 3. American Life Histories: Manuscripts from the Federal Writers’ Project, 1936-1940 4. “Learn Web Skills” County & Town Histories for Illinois 5. Indiana […]


Genealogy & Local History Research

We have links on History of the Great Lakes States to numerous online resources that can be useful to anyone doing genealogical research or looking into their local history. Every title on this website is fully available online, free. While the site is dedicated to the five Great Lakes states of Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Ohio […]


Three Digital Collections in Indiana History

The University Library Center for Digital Scholarship at Indiana University-Purdue at Indianapolis offers 80 cultural heritage digital collections, among other things. Here are three of those cultural collections:   Conner Prairie Historic Clothing Collection There are over 100 rotating 3-D images of items in the collection. You may browse the collection, or search it by […]


Major Online Document Collections

While most entries on History of the Great Lakes States are for individual books, articles or maps, we also have many large website collections of digitized documents. You may be interested in exploring a few of those collections listed below, which have resources related to the whole Great Lakes region or even larger parts of […]


Illinois Harvest Digital Collection

I’d like to highlight this impressive digital text and image collection at the site of the University Library at University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign. According to the Illinois Harvest page “About/Collection Policy“, it contains collections digitized in-house as well as a number of outsourced projects. The site also serves as a portal for numerous […]

Painting of Tavern or Inn

Tour of Map Site: “Historic Map Works”

For 19th century maps of counties, cities and townships, Historic Map Works http://www.historicmapworks.com/ is by far the best site of which I’m aware. You are free to use it without registering. If you wish to download high-resolution copies, you must subscribe.  You can also order paper maps from them. The site claims to have over […]