Wednesday, July 29, 2015

The Redfield Estate at the Grove

The Redfield Estate at the Grove was built in the 1920s by descendants of the Kennicott family. Glenview Television produced a short documentary on the architecture of the estate and the history of Bertha Redfield's family.  

The library owns several of Donald Culross Peattie's books many of which were written at the Redfield Estate. And visit the Genealogy & Local History Room for more information on the Kennicotts and the Grove.

Wednesday, July 22, 2015


Want to learn more about Come to our class on Wednesday, July 29 at 2 PM. Learn database search techniques and discover the extensive online services offered by this nonprofit genealogy organization.

Register online or call the Reference Desk at 847-729-7500 x7700.

Tuesday, July 14, 2015

French Genealogy

Célébrez la fête nationale de la France! It's Bastille Day. Find your French ancestors with these great websites:

Provides links to other genealogy sites and online archives.

Searchable database of archive records, indexes, and family trees.

Contains information on the history and geography of French family names.

Includes articles on French genealogy records and links to Departement online archives.

Search for records on FamilySearch and use their online tutorials to learn more about French research.

Wednesday, July 8, 2015

Hawaiian Genealogy

Hawaii has a unique history compared to other US states. Because of its interesting past, searching for genealogy records in Hawaii is a little different from other parts of the US.

Hawaii usgenweb is a great website to help you understand Hawaiian history and genealogy. The site also provides links to online genealogy resources.

The Office of Hawaiian Affairs runs the Papakilo Database and collects documents and data pertaining to historically significant events and places in Hawaiian history. Search their genealogy indexes, newspapers, maps, and more.

Hawaiian Roots is a nonprofit organization devoted to providing online genealogy resources and research assistance. The site includes the state censuses of Hawaii and articles on various Hawaiian records and how to find them.

To further connect with your Hawaiian ancestors, use the library database Mango to learn the Hawaiian language!

Friday, July 3, 2015

Daughters of the American Revolution

Find your revolutionary ancestors on the Daughters of the American Revolution website.

The Genealogy page of the DAR site explains how to get started with genealogy and how to conduct research at the DAR library in Washington, DC.  

You can also search the DAR's online databases. Information in the databases is pulled from DAR membership applications. They include databases for:

Ancestor Database: Previously known as the Patriot Index, this is a database of members' "original" ancestors. These ancestors provided patriotic service during the Revolutionary War. If you can prove your lineage from one of these patriots, then you are eligible to join the DAR.

Descendants: Searches through every name on the lineage portions of DAR applications. These are all of the recorded descendants of the Revolutionary War Era ancestors.

GRC: This is a database of the Genealogical Records Committee Reports and includes transcriptions of gravestones, family Bibles, and personal collections created by DAR members. 

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Free Database Access

In honor of Independence Day, several databases are offering free access to records this weekend.

Ancestry lets users search for records from the original thirteen colonies through July 5th. Search for free here.

If you're looking for early colonial ancestors, NEHGS has a great offer this holiday weekend. The New England Historic Genealogical Society will allow guest users to search the Great Migration Study Project until July 8th. This is an excellent resource if you're looking for ancestors who migrated to New England between 1620 and 1640.

And with Fold3, you can search for Revolutionary War military records through July 5th.

Happy Fourth!

Thursday, June 25, 2015

New Genealogy Room Hours

The Genealogy & Local History Room is now open on Tuesday evenings! Our volunteer, Karen, will be in the room every other Tuesday from 7:00-8:30 PM. For the summer, the room will be open the evenings of June 30, July 14, July 28, August 11 and August 25.

Wednesday, June 17, 2015

Caribbean-American Heritage Month

This June marks the 10th anniversary of the creation of National Caribbean-American Heritage Month.

There are plenty of great resources online to help you find your ancestors in the Caribbean. Here a few:

Caribbean Genealogy Research
Includes lists of country-specific resources, records depositories, and a surname index.

Caribbean Family History
Databases of burials, religious records, and slave compensations primarily for Barbados.

Cuban Genealogy Center
Links for Cuban genealogy records.

Genealogy of Jamaica
Information and online resources for Jamaican genealogy.

Puerto Rican Hispanic Genealogical Society
Articles and resources for research in Puerto Rico.

You can also search FamilySearch's collections for the Caribbean: Anguilla, Antigua and Barbuda, Aruba, Bahamas, Barbados, British Virgin Islands, Cayman Islands, Cuba, Dominica. Dominican Republic, Grenada, Guadeloupe, Haiti, Jamaica, Martinique, Montserrat, Puerto Rico, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Saint Lucia, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Trinidad and Tobago, and the US Virgin Islands.

Friday, June 12, 2015

Genealogy with Kids

Looking for a good summer activity that will introduce your kids or grandkids to genealogy? Janice Nickerson has great ideas for games that will get children involved with their family history. She lists ideas for quizzes and family trivia, family photo jigsaw puzzles and a scavenger hunt!

Monday, June 8, 2015

European Genealogy Resources

The hardest part of researching European ancestors is actually finding European records online! Here's a list of some online resources that can help you get started.

And don't forget to visit Cyndi'sList, RootsWeb, and WorldGenWeb to find more great European genealogy websites.