Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Chicago and Cook County Resources

Find your Chicago Ancestors! Discover local resources to help you research your Chicago and Cook County genealogy. Sign up for our class on Tuesday, April 21 at 10 AM. Register online or call the Reference Desk at 847-729-7500 x7700.

Friday, April 10, 2015

Genealogy Research Day

Need help getting started with genealogy? Have you hit a brick wall in your research? Join us for a Genealogy Research Day.

Drop by the Technology Lab or the Genealogy & Local History Room any time between 1 and 4 PM on Saturday, April 18. Volunteers and staff will be available to help you with your research.

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

Join us to get individualized help, learn new tricks, and utilize all of our print and electronic resources!

Monday, April 6, 2015

FamilySearch Apps

FamilySearch has added a new App Gallery to their website. The apps are mostly websites that help you organize or find information to add to your family tree but some such as MobileFamilyTree you can download to your portable devices.

Apps, such as Kinpoint, analyze your family tree, explain what information is missing and provide insights into what records you need to search for. Others, like HistoryLines, organize and visualize the lives of your ancestors in unique ways.

My favorite is RootsMapper which syncs with information in your FamilySearch Family Tree. RootsMapper then plots out the routes your ancestors traveled across generations. It's an easy and interactive way to visualize your family's migration.


Thursday, April 2, 2015

NSGS April Meeting

On Saturday, April 11, the North Suburban Genealogical Society will host a Panel Discussion and Q&A at the Northbrook History Museum.

The NSGS Member Panel will include:

Clark Dean, CG -- Finding Two Illusive Women: A Case Study
Judy Hughes -- A Fresh Look At Brick Walls; New Ways to Rethink Old Problems 
Terry Jackson -- An Adoption Story: Italian Immigration & The Newberry Library
Tom Van Heule -- How to Convert Old Data (Slides & Pictures) Into Computer Files

The meeting begins at 1:00 PM and is free and open to the public. Guests are welcome and are invited to bring a friend and enjoy refreshments. The meeting room is on the lower level and has a ramp for handicap accessibility.

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Glenview Street Names

Do you know who the Dewes, Rugens, or Linnemans were? What streets in Glenview used to be Potawatomi trails?

Glenview History Center librarian, Beverly Dawson, discusses the history of Glenview's street names with the Glenview Journal.

Friday, March 20, 2015

Beginning Genealogy

Want to start researching your genealogy but don't know where to get started? Come to our Beginning Genealogy class on March 24 at 10 am. Register online or call the Reference Desk at 847-729-7500 x7700.

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Irish Genealogy Resources

Here are some resources to help you find your Irish roots this St. Patrick's Day.

Irish Genealogy Websites:

National Archives of Ireland
Digitized archives include: census records, tithe applotment books (essential for pre-famine research), and soldier's wills.

Irish Genealogy
Sponsored by Ireland's Department of Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht, this site contains searchable census, church, and civil registration records particularly for Dublin, and Carlow, Cork, and Kerry counties.

Roots Chat
Irish resources and a help forum for research questions.

From Ireland
A compilation of free Irish resources available online.

Ancestor Search from Irish Times
A history of Irish surnames with interactive maps and resources.

Roots Ireland 
Database of the Irish Family History Foundation. A great resource but you must be a member to search their records.

For more websites, visit the FamilySearch Wiki page for Ireland Genealogy Websites.

Irish Genealogy Resources at GPL:

Erin's Sons: Irish Arrivals in Atlantic Canada
A four volume set based on newspaper notices, regimental records, and petitions for land grants. Includes maps of the areas of peak migration, surnames, and an index of ships.

The Dictionary of Irish Family Names
Includes name etymology, related forms, origins, and geographical distribution.

Irish Genealogy: A Record Finder
Learn where to find census returns, wills, directories, land and law records, and much more.

Tracing Your Irish Ancestors
Perfect for beginners. Describes the basics of research and procedures for finding information.

Find more resources in our catalog.

Irish Resources in our databases:
Use Ancestry Library Edition in the library to access Irish Catholic registers; birth, marriage, and death records; Griffith's valuation; and more.

Wednesday, March 11, 2015

Important Tip from Genealogy Tip of the Day

Genealogy Tip of the Day: Do You Work Without Maps?: When you get all "into" researching a person or family in an area that is unfamiliar to you, do you stop and take the time to find maps of the areas where the people of interest live? It is important to know county, state, and other boundaries and the relative proximity of the places where you think people live. It's even more imperative in a "new" area where the geography may be unknown to you.

Don't assume you "know" the geography "good enough" or that the states are small enough that it doesn't matter. Look at maps. Analyze locations. Determine how far apart different residences for your ancestor are.

Don't get so caught up in the search that you lose sight of the geography in the process.

Follow Genealogy Tip of the Day for more great tips!

Monday, March 9, 2015

Glenview History Center Tea & Luncheon

The Glenview History Center is hosting a Downton Abbey Tea and Luncheon next week!
For more information visit their website

Saturday, March 7, 2015

Irish American Heritage Center

The library at the Irish American Heritage Center will be open from 1-7 pm on Saturday, March 14 for Saint Patrick's Day. Take advantage the library's collection of Irish genealogy resources and volunteer genealogists. Also, enjoy Irish music, dance, crafts, and food at their Saint Patrick's Day Celebration!