Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Illinois Newspapers

With the library's subscription of GenealogyBank, you have access to historic newspapers from across the country.

For the Chicago area, you can search the following newspapers:

Chicago Daily Times (1855-1856)
Chicago Times (1854-1888)
Daily Inter Ocean (1874-1894)
Inter Ocean (1879-1889)
Pomeroy's Democrat (1869-1879)

For more recent newspapers, you can use Newsbank to search:

Chicago Sun-Times (1986-present)
Daily Herald (1995-present)
Glenview Announcements (1995-present)

Newsbank gives you access to other suburban and Illinois papers too. And through the library's databases you can also search the Chicago Tribune archives 1849-1990 and 1985-present.

The Genealogy and Local History Room has Glenview-area newspapers on microfilm going back to the 1920s and don't forget to use our Obituary Index to locate death notices.

If you're still not finding what you're looking for with library resources, try one of these free websites to locate historic newspapers.

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Genealogy Meetings

Genealogy First Tuesdays is not meeting this month but if you're looking for other genealogy-related events to go to in September, check out one of these genealogy societies:

Northwest Suburban Genealogy Society
September 6 at 10 am
Arlington Heights Senior Center
1801 W. Central Rd., Arlington Heights

"Truth or Fiction: Unraveling a Family Yarn" with Teresa Steinkamp McMillan
Hear the story of a 19th century Irish immigrant in Chicago. Learn how Ms. McMillan discovered the truth behind the family lore of this immigrant ancestor.

North Suburban Genealogical Society
September 13 at 1 pm
Northbrook History Museum
1776 Walters Ave., Northbrook

"Write Your Family History Now!" with Mike Karsen
Learn how to organize, write, and publish your genealogy research.

Thursday, August 28, 2014

GHC Civil War Encampment

The Glenview History Center's Annual Civil War Encampment is this weekend!

Stop by the History Center at 1121 Waukegan Road this Saturday and Sunday between 9am and 4pm.

Enjoy living history presented by the Sons of the Union Veterans of the Civil War US Signal Corps & 1st Michigan Engineers; Luther E. Johnson, African American Historical Military Reenactors; General George Thomas, Commanding General Army of the Cumberland; and Jessica Michna portraying Mary Ann "Mother Bickerdyke. Also enjoy a traveling Civil War Museum & Fashion exhibit.

Donations are $5/Individual or $10/Family.

Friday, August 15, 2014

Glenview Air Shows

Going to the Air & Water Show this weekend? Check out some aviation history right here in Glenview! Air shows were commonly held at the Curtiss-Reynolds Air Field in the 1930s.

DN-0089768, Chicago Daily News negatives collection, Chicago History Museum.
DN-0089769, Chicago Daily News negatives collection, Chicago History Museum.
Chicago Daily News negatives collection, Chicago History Museum.

Curtiss-Reynolds eventually became the Glenview Naval Air Station. Check out Hangar One's image galleries for more aviation photos from Glenview: 1929-19411942-1945, 1946-1995.

Monday, August 11, 2014


Glenview now has access to GenealogyBank!

To access GenealogyBank:

GenealogyBank has digitized and searchable historical newspapers going back to 1690. Newspapers are great source for the obvious: obituaries, marriage and birth announcements. You can also find real estate transactions, family reunions, military personnel and casuality lists, ship arrivals and passenger lists, photographs, and more.

GenealogyBank also has a collection of searchable books and historic documents including: family histories, military records, pension requests, land documents, and orphan petitions.

Wednesday, August 6, 2014


Learn how to use HeritageQuest on Tuesday, August 12 at 2 pm. HeritageQuest is a genealogy database that you can access from home with your library card. Register for the class here or call the Reference Desk at 847-729-7500.

Friday, August 1, 2014

Genealogy First Tuesdays

Join us in the Genealogy & Local History Room this Tuesday from 6-8:30pm for Genealogy First Tuesdays. Drop in and bring your research questions or get one-on-one help with starting your family tree!

Thursday, July 31, 2014

Glenview's Frank Lloyd Wright

Did you know that there's a Frank Lloyd Wright house right here in Glenview? The John O. Carr house was built in 1950 and the current owners have never opened the house for tours or had the building landmarked. The house will be going on the market soon and now you can purchase this unique piece of architectural history in Glenview!

You can find an article about the house and its owners in Crain's and view more photos of the house here.

You can also find a listing of more Wright homes in the North Suburbs here.

Monday, July 28, 2014

WWI Draft Registration Cards

World War I officially began one hundred years ago today. WWI is a particularly fascinating time period to research and one of my favorite military records collections is the United States World War I Draft Registration Cards.

Beginning in May 1917, the Selective Service Act authorized President Wilson to increase the size of the US military. There were three draft registrations between 1917 and 1918:

  • June 5, 1917: All men residing in the US between the ages of 21 and 31 
  • June 5 and August 24, 1918: Registered men who had turned 21 since June 5, 1917
  • September 12, 1918: All men between 18 and 45
About 24 million men were registered--and these were not just American citizens. All men living in the US regardless of their citizenship were required to register. If an ancestor wasn't naturalized, a draft card may be the only place you can find an exact birth date and place of birth for them. Other information typically found in these records includes: address, occupation and employer, name and address of nearest relative, citizenship status, physical description and signature.

Remember that just because an ancestor has a draft registration card does not mean that they served in the war. The draft cards do not include any information about WWI military service. 

You can search for WWI Draft cards through Ancestry or FamilySearch.

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Intro to Ancestry

Want to learn how to use Come to our class on Tuesday, July 22 at 6pm! Learn how to perfect your searches and start finding your ancestors.

Register online or call 847-729-7500.