One of the much-ballyhooed forecasts for our on-line future was access to all the libraries and books in the Known Universe. We may be making some progress in that direction. Looky here:
It also published a series called Prairie Farmer's Reliable Directory of Farmers and Breeders including this one for Champaign County from 1917. We'll be digitizing many of these directories for counties all over Illinois from the collection of the Illinois Historical Survey and Lincoln Room. These are great genealogy resources as they provide a complete listing of all members of a farmer's family and the exact location of their farm. [More][Note: click on pages to turn after selecting "Flip Book" - it wasn't immediately obvious to me.]
Of course, it had to be Champaign County first. I suppose every state has its favorite son.
Still, it's way cool and only a taste of what's coming.