It’s true that you can use ChicagoAncestors.org without registering. But doing so will provide the following advantages:
1) You can add tags to existing points on the map. So, for example, if your family attended a particular church or school, you could add their surname as a tag. Or, you might want to add an ethnicity tag to a cemetery.
2) You can add comments to points on the map. Have a story you wish to share? Tell us who lived in that house or worked for that company. Do you know more about a specific building or event that is on the map? Add a link to another website with more details.
3) Add places to the map! It’s easy to do. Share the locations where your ancestors lived and worked. Or add the location of a past event that you find interesting. Add churches and school not already on the map.
The registration process is easy. click on the “register” link in the top right corner of the home page. Enter a user name, valid email address and password. After you click “create user account”, you’ll be asked to enter some additional information. Be sure to fill in the required fields marked with a red asterisk. A confirmation email will then be sent to the address you entered. To activate your account, visit the link in the confirmation email and enter your password again. Once this is done, you are fully registered.
During the registration process you get to select whether you want to receive emails or mail from the library. We are very careful to honor your selection and even if you do elect to receive emails, they are sent on a very infrequent basis and only to provide information on major upgrades. Your information is not shared with any other entity.
Any time you have questions or comments, simply use the “Contact” link to get in touch with the staff.