Monday, October 20, 2014

Family History Research Day

Celebrate Family History Month this Saturday at the Glenview Public Library!

Drop by the Tech Lab or the Genealogy & Local History Room any time between 1 and 4 pm. Volunteers and staff will be available to help you with research and to answer any questions.

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

Saturday, October 18, 2014

GHC Annual Meeting

The Glenview History Center is holding its annual meeting on October 24th.

This year's speaker is Douglas Stiles, a great-great-grandson of watchmaker Jonathan Dillon. According to family legend, Mr. Dillon secretly engraved a message on Abraham Lincoln’s pocket watch at the beginning of the Civil War. Mr. Stiles’ research led to the verification of family story.

Join us and enjoy this interesting bit of history!

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Celebrate Family History Month

October is Family History Month. Looking to celebrate your family history but don't know where to begin? Here are some activities to get you started!

Create your family tree. Start with yourself and work back one generation at a time. Download free charts from or you can find some fancy charts here or search Cyndi's List for other free trees and pedigree charts.

Interview family members and record family stories. You can find sample questions online or check out one our oral history books to help find inspiration.

Preserve family photos. Organize all of those family photos you've been collecting throughout the years. Track down family members to help you identify people and places in old photographs. Try scanning and uploading photos to a website and file the the originals in acid-free boxes or albums.

Make a heritage scrapbook. After collecting all of your photos and family stories, put them all together in a scrapbook. You can also include family recipes, ephemera, and record all of your family traditions and favorite memories.

Get the kids involved! All of these projects can be shared with kids and you can find other fun activities online to get the next generation interested in family history.

Saturday, October 11, 2014

Family History Research Day
Celebrate Family History Month at the Glenview Public Library on Saturday, October 25. Drop by the library anytime between 1 and 4pm. A volunteers and staff will be in the Genealogy & Local History Room and the Tech Lab to help you with research and to answer your questions.

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

Thursday, October 9, 2014

GHC Cemetery Walk

Come learn more about several of the founding members of Northfield Township this Sunday at the old St. Peter's Cemetery. Members of the Glenview History Center and the Northbrook Historical Society will be presenting a walking tour of the cemetery and will be sharing stories and portraying figures from the township's history.

The cemetery is located on Shermer Road between West Lake Avenue and Willow Road. Performances are at 1pm and 2:30pm.

Monday, October 6, 2014

Digging Deeper with Ancestry

There is still time to sign up for our class on Digging Deeper with on Thursday at 2pm. Learn about Ancestry's special collections and advanced searches!

Thursday, October 2, 2014

First Tuesday

Drop by the Genealogy & Local History Room this Tuesday between 6:00 and 8:30 pm. Bring your research questions and brick walls!

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.