Digital Resources


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 […]


New Life for Millions of Disappearing Books

Free eBooks in the public domain are now available in huge numbers. Learn here about that initiative, and how our website helps you find the books you’ll like. This website, History of the Great Lakes States, has two online libraries of free ebooks; one for the history of the five states of Ohio, Indiana, Illinois, […]


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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 […]