Thursday, March 5, 2015

Updates to HeritageQuest

HeritageQuest just released a new user interface and added content. They've added lots of great research aids and made their census map collection easier to find.

HeritageQuest's census collection has been expanded with complete, indexed census records for each US Federal Census 1790-1940 and they've added all of the supplemental (veterans, slave, etc.) censuses too. It's also much easier to search these collections. Search options are now similar to Ancestry's.

HeritageQuest also has searchable Freedman's Bank records, Revolutionary War pensions, family and local histories, city directories, various federal government documents, and PERSI--an index of names and articles from hundreds of genealogy periodicals.

Best of all, HeritageQuest is available from home with your library card!

Thursday, February 26, 2015

Genealogy & Local History Room Saturday Opening

The Genealogy & Local History Room will be open this Saturday from 2-5 PM. A genealogy volunteer will be here to help you get started on your research or to help you break down those pesky “brick walls.” Come enjoy our beautiful room and all of our wonderful resources!

The Genealogy Room is usually open Monday-Friday 10 AM - 2 PM or by appointment. Call the Reference Desk at 847-729-7500 ext. 7500 for more information.

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

RootsTech 2015

If you missed the RootsTech conference in Utah a couple weeks ago, you can still catch up with all of the last tech news!

RootsTech is a conference dedicated to genealogy and technology. Check out the 2015 video archive to learn about the best apps, newest databases, genetic genealogy, and discover new ways to find, organize, and to showcase your research online.

Here's a great video by D. Joshua Taylor about what he considers to be essential technology for today's genealogist.

Thursday, February 19, 2015

Census Records

Want to learn more about census records and how to use them in your genealogy? Attend our class on Wednesday, February 25 at 10 am. Register online or call the Reference Desk at 847-729-7500.

Monday, February 16, 2015

African American Genealogy

African American genealogy can be challenging but there are a lot of great online resources to help
you find your ancestors. 

This is an online community for African American researchers. They sponsor chats and have an active online forum that can help answer your research questions. The site also collects and has several small databases of slave records, vital records, and other historical documents. 

African American Gateway
Hosted and created by the Allen County Library this site collects links for research in specific states, countries, regions, or topics. Their Illinois page includes links to local depositories and archives, digitized photos and documents, historical information, and an excellent bibliography. 

A valuable site for finding free African Americans before 1865. The materials include census records, tax lists, wills, deeds, "free Negro registers," marriage bonds, parish registers and Revolutionary War pension files.

Don't forget about Cyndi's List and the Freedman's Bank Records on HeritageQuest (which you can access at home with your library card) . 

Also, check out Henry Louis Gates' column on The Root. He discusses common problems with African American genealogy and offers insights into African American history. 

Tuesday, February 3, 2015

Genealogy Roadshow

Snowed in and looking for something to binge watch? PBS has episodes of Genealogy Roadshow available on their website.

Watch the St. Louis episode for stories from the Midwest!

Friday, January 30, 2015

First Tuesday

The Genealogy & Local History Room will be open this Tuesday evening from 6-8:30 PM. Drop by to get personalized help with your research!

Monday, January 26, 2015


Stop by this Thursday for our class on GenealogyBank. It's a great database for researching old historical newspapers. Sign up online or call the Reference Desk at 847-729-7500 x7700.

Don't forget to check out our list of digital historical newspapers. All of the sites are free to use. Or visit the newspaper links on Cyndi's List.

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Irish Family History Day

This Friday, January 23, celebrate Irish Family History Day with Findmypast!

They will be hosting a free webinar with Irish family historian Brian Donovan. Donovan will be discussing Irish records and can answer any questions you have about Irish research. The webinar will start at 11 AM.

Sign up for the free webinar here.

Saturday, January 10, 2015


Learn how to use the library's newest genealogy database on January 29 at 2 pm. Learn how to use historical newspapers in your genealogy research with this great new resource! Sign up online or call the Reference Desk at 847-729-7500 x7700.