Thursday, August 27, 2015

Orphanage Records

Here is an interesting article by D. Joshua Taylor about the history of orphanages in the United States and how to trace orphans in your ancestry. As with doing any research, it's important to understand the history of the area where your ancestor lived and what records would have existed during that time period. When researching orphans (or adoptions), you will first need to do your historical research!

Monday, August 24, 2015

Korean Genealogy

The most important record for Korean genealogy research is the JokBo or Chokbo (족보). These are
family genealogies and histories generally passed down to eldest sons. Families and genealogy organizations are beginning to publish JokBo online.

Inje University Genealogy Library has a guide on how to read Korean genealogies. You can also search their collection of genealogies.

A great resource for learning more about Korean genealogy and records is Korean Genealogy Online. The author discusses civil and family records, family names, and the Korean language and culture. The site also offers a free genealogy eBook with research tips for English speakers.

Some Korean records are available through FamilySearch. Search for ancestors on the Korea Research Page or browse through the collection of Civil Service Examination records.  FamilySearch has also digitized Korean genealogies going back to 1500. You can browse the collection by family name, location and year.

Search the FamilySearch Catalog to find Korean genealogies as well as civil and military records on microfilm or as published books. Microfilm may be ordered from FamilySearch and viewed at the Glenview Public Library.

You can also search for records at the National Archives of Korea (in Korean) or explore their website in English.

Thursday, August 20, 2015

Atlas of Historical County Boundaries

County boundaries have changed a lot during this nation's history. When searching for county-level records (birth, marriage, and death records) or when browsing census data, it's important to know which county your ancestor lived in. The Newberry has a great site that can help pinpoint what county your ancestor was living in during a specific period of time. The Atlas of Historical County Boundaries contains interactive maps and county histories and is a great resource for US genealogy research.

Wednesday, August 5, 2015

Dr. Kennicott & the National Agricultural Hall of Fame

Dr. John Kennicott was inducted into the National Agricultural Hall of Fame last month. Read about the induction here. If you want to learn more about Dr. Kennicott's life and agricultural achievements, check out this biography written by Elizabeth Kopp of the Grove. We also have the Kennicott family papers available on microfilm.

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!