Tuesday, February 03, 2009


Now available at Lulu.com:

Illinois Central: a Guide to Genealogical Research in Springfield, Illinois
by Thomas A. Pearson

This book is a detailed guide to materials of potential interest to genealogists in libraries, archives, and various government offices in Springfield, Illinois. The book describes the types of materials held by the library, archive, or government office; their procedure for making postal / electronic / phone requests; and contact information, location, and hours of operation for that library, archive, or government office.

A 11-page preview of the book that provides Table of Contents and a sample chapter is available on the Lulu.com website:


Type "Illinois Central" in the search box and click Go.

Perfect bound; 150 pages; Illinois genealogy chronology; index.
Cost per book is $19.95 plus shipping.

About the author:

Tom Pearson is a reference librarian who has worked with genealogists and historians since 1989. He is an Air Force veteran, and a graduate of Eureka College, Eureka, IL (B.A in History) and the University of Illinois (M.S in Library Science). Tom is editor or co-editor of three newsletters: St. Clair County (IL) Genealogical Society Newsletter; "Show Me" State Genealogical Society News; and Gateway Family Historian. He is also editor of MoSGA Messenger, the Official Blog of the Missouri State Genealogical Association.

Tom has been providing talks on genealogy and military history since 1997 for libraries, genealogical societies, and lineage and patriotic societies. He was a featured speaker at the St. Louis Genealogical Society Annual Fair in 2007 and 2008, and will be a featured speaker at the Missouri State Genealogical Association Annual Conference in August 2009.

Tom lives in St. Louis, Missouri. He can be contacted at 89ilguy@gmail.com.

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