Thursday, April 17, 2014

RootsTech 2014

The RootsTech conference was held in February but sessions from the conference were recorded and are now available online. Learn about the newest technology to enhance your genealogy research and family trees!

Here's the keynote speaker from the opening session.

Sunday, April 13, 2014

Kennicott Exhibit at The Gove

A new exhibit at The Grove focuses on the life Dr. John A. Kennicott.

An excerpt from a recent Chicago Tribune article:
This is the first exhibit at The Grove to focus on Kennicott, the patriarch of the family. His son, Robert, had been The Grove's focus for many years, Swanson said, having founded the Chicago Academy of Sciences, served as a Smithsonian scientist and been the first naturalist for the state of Illinois. He was also one of four principal people to purchase Alaska from Russia.  
"Dr. Kennicott has really been kind of eclipsed by him," said Swanson. "But we decided we really wanted to look at Dr. Kennicott's life and all his achievements."  
Kennicott, who was born in 1802 in New York, became one of the area's first physicians when he came to Glenview, then called West Northfield, in 1836. He started The Grove Nursery & Garden in 1842 and called for the first Illinois State Fair in 1853.  
Kennicott also had national reach. He lobbied for a federal agricultural bureau, now the U.S. Department of Agriculture, and went to Washington to petition for the Land Grant College Act. 
He helped draft a bill in the state legislature to create an "Illinois university."  
"If you got to any of the A&M universities, those are agricultural and mechanical universities, they're a direct result of the Land Grant College Act and he was the principal person that moved that act forward and was passed by U.S. House of Representatives and Senate," Swanson said.
Learn more at the Tribune and The Grove National Historic Landmark.


Wednesday, April 9, 2014

DuPage County Genealogy Resources

This week the New England Historic Genealogical Society showcased some genealogy resources for DuPage County.

DuPage County Genealogical Society 
DCGS has a lot of great resources on their site:



Argus Obituary Index
Obituaries published in the Villa Park Argus from 1931 to present. This database was created by the Villa Park Public Library.

Bronswood Cemetery Burial Index
An excellently made index by the Oak Brook Historical Society.

Monday, March 31, 2014

Genealogy First Tuesdays

Our drop-in genealogy group meets tomorrow from 6-8:30 pm in the Genealogy & Local History Room. Bring questions, brick walls, and meet other enthusiasts.

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Wilmette Family History Fair

Come to the Wilmette Family History Fair this Saturday beginning at 7:30am. The Fair includes live workshops and taped recordings from RootsTech as well as an exhibits hall. You can sign up for one-on-one consultations Wilmette Family History Center volunteers.

Visit their website for the presentation schedule.

Monday, March 17, 2014

Irish Ancestors

Searching for Irish ancestors this St. Patrick's Day? Try these free online archives:

National Archives of Ireland
Public Records Office of Northern Ireland
Irish Genealogy

Also, search the Irish Records Collections on FamilySearch and visit the FamilySearch Wiki to learn more about tracing Irish ancestors.


Sunday, March 16, 2014

Find Your Female Ancestors

Learn how to find your female ancestors this Wednesday at 10am in the Computer Lab!

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

Wednesday, March 5, 2014

European Genealogy Websites

The following links were taken from GenealogyInTime. GenealogyInTime also posts links to genealogy record collections from all over the world that have been recently digitized.

Here are few free European websites that GenealogyInTime included in its 100 Best Websites of 2014 list.

Denmark
Dansk Demografisk Database: Includes Danish census records from 1787-1930, emigration records, probate, church records, and more.

France
GeneaNet: The largest French genealogy database that includes links to online municipal archives and information to help you get started with French research.

Germany
Ahnenforschung: Contains databases, digital archives, dictionaries, and forums related to German genealogy.

Ireland
Irish Genealogy: Online resources, church records, and Irish research tips hosted by the Irish Department of Arts, Heritage and Gaeltacht.

The Netherlands
Wie Was Wie: This database includes vital records, population registers, Dutch family trees, and more.

Norway
Arkivverket Digitalarkivet: Digital archive that includes census records, parish registers, property and legal records and much more.
DIS-Norway, Slekt og Data: Norway's largest genealogy organization whose site contains forums, helpful links, and digital projects.

United Kingdom
GENUKI: Online gazetteer, parish maps, and many useful links for UK research.
RootsChat: The UK's largest family history forum.
FreeBMD: Search transcriptions of the Civil Registration Index of births, marriages and deaths for England and Wales.

Several of these sites are in the language of the host county. Google Translate can translate whole webpages into English for you if you need help.

Thursday, February 27, 2014

Find Your 17th Century New England Ancestor With NEHGS



Colonial American research can be really tough but the New England Historic Genealogy Society has a lot of great resources on their site that can help. In particular, they have a nice collection of online seminars that can help you get started with your New England or colonial research.

The above video is a recording from an NEHGS meeting earlier this month. David Dearborn discusses key reference works, records, and databases that can help with finding your 17th century New England ancestors.

Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Genealogy First Tuesdays

Join us for our drop-in group next Tuesday, March 4 from 2pm to 4:30pm. Bring questions, work on your family tree with other genealogy enthusiasts and share your successes and problems with the group.

Some recent genealogy 'brick walls' that we've discussed have included: immigration records, Canadian census records, Czech genealogy, and I've been able to provide one-on-one help with those who are just getting started.

Join us and see if we can help break down your brick wall!