Thursday, March 31, 2011

Oral History Presentation by Grace Dumelle

Going Straight to the Source: Pointers on Oral History

Saturday , April 9, 2011
1 p.m. to 3 p.m.

Northbrook History Museum, 1776 Walters Ave, Northbrook Il 60062

Join The North Suburban Genealogical Society for their monthly meeting.  Grace will speak about family history…. “ferreting out facts that have not seen the light of day.”

Grace “relishes the stories told by senior citizens, creating tape-recorded oral histories that document irreplaceable knowledge.”

She runs a business called Heartland Historical Research Service and has written a book called Finding Your Chicago Ancestors: A Beginner’s Guide to Family History in the City and Cook County.  (Owned by the Glenview Public Library, and available at call number 929.37731 DUM  and R929.37731 DUM GENEALOGY)

The meeting is open to anyone interested in genealogical research.  Admission is free.

Contact: Nina Johnson 847-256-3602 or

Friday, March 25, 2011

Genealogy First Tuesday

Tuesday, April 5, 2 pm to 4:30 pm in the Genealogy Room.

This interest group is open to anyone interested in genealogy. It allows for exploring and discussing various strategies and resources in an informal way.

To suggest a topic, contact Deena at or (847) 901-5948.

Registration is recommended but not required. To register, call the Reference Desk at (847) 729-7500 x2700.

The Big Two: Class

This class hands-on computer workshop introduces Ancestry Library Edition and Heritage Quest Online for finding your ancestors in the U.S. census, draft registration cards, books, magazines, and other records.

Class takes place in the Technology Lab (2nd floor) On Thursday, March 31, 2 pm to 3:30 pm.

To register, have your library card number ready. Call the Reference Desk at (847) 729-7500 x2700.

Hunting Henry: A Case Study Using Collaterals

Teresa Steinkamp McMillin will present "Hunting Henry: A Case Study Using Collaterals" at the next meeting of the Northwest Suburban Council of Genealogists.

Are you researching an ancestor who seems to have been hatched? Who landed in the middle of the United States with no obvious way of getting here? Expanding your research beyond the person, to associates and neighbors, can lead to the resolution of your problem.

Teresa is a member of the Association of Professional Genealogists, the National Genealogical Society, as well as many local genealogical societies. She has been interested in genealogy since she was a child and has been actively researching her German ancestry and her husband’s "Chicago Irish" for the past decade.

Join us at 7:00p.m., prior to the presentation, for casual discussion or to exchange information with others who enjoy genealogy.

The meeting will be held on Tuesday, April 19, 2011 at 7:30 p.m. at Forest View Educational Center Room 100 2121 S. Goebbert Road Arlington Heights, Illinois.

For more information, contact us at

Northwest Suburban Council of Genealogists
P.O. Box 148 ● Mount Prospect, Illinois, 60056

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Ancestry Irish Collection

Ancestry has expanded its Irish Collection, in honor of St. Paddy's Day.

They have updated their Griffiths Valuation,1848-1864 database (over 2.5 million records of ancestors who rented land or property throughout Ireland in the 1850s) and their Tithe Applotment Books,1823-1837 database (includes tithe payer, acreage of their land and amount of their tithe).

Clicking on each title allows you to read detailed source information for each title. Log in with your Glenview Library card number.
They have added two new databases.

Lawrence Collection of Photographs,1870-1910 contains 20,000 images showcasing Ireland through the eyes of William Lawrence's photography studio in Dublin.

And Ordnance Survey Maps,1824-1846 contains almost 2,000 detailed maps of almost the whole of Ireland that were produced before and during the Great Famine.

You can browse these two collections by county.

Monday, March 14, 2011

Irish American Heritage Center

If you are Irish, your special day is coming up this week!

Have you visited the Irish American Heritage Center (IAHC) in Chicago? It is easy to get to, right off the Wilson Ave. exit of the Edens expressway (Rte.94)

Many educational activities take are offered at this lively and interesting place, including genealogy.

Genealogy sessions with genealogist Brian Donovan take place the last Sunday of each month from 1:00 to 3:00 in the IAHC library.

For more information call the Center office at 773-282-7035, ext. 10.

Friday, March 11, 2011

Finding Professional Genealogists

Geneapro is a directory of genealogical resources and providers

It brings together experienced genealogy researchers with people looking for accurate historical ancestral records and information.

Membership is free both for experts and for those seeking lookups.

Genealogists as well as societies can join Geneapro and make their services available to the general public. There is no charge to join, either for those providing or seeking information., although professionals do generally charge a research fee, which is displayed on a price-tag icon. The listings are attractive, and easy to read.

Records can also be found by posting a “Lookup” on Geneapro.

Professional genealogist listings, lookup service providers, and links to digitized archives and published databases are included.

Friday, March 4, 2011

Bridal Fashion Show and Luncheon, March 26

Benefit for the Glenview History Center:

"Here Comes the Bride" Tea and Luncheon

11 a.m. Saturday, March 26 at the Glenview New Church, 74 Park Dr., Glenview IL.

The Bridal Fashion Show will cover the years 1905-1985, and is presented by Decades of Dresses.

Lunch is included.

Raffle and Ladies' Boutique are also featured.

Reservation deadline is March 19, 2011. No tickets will be sold at the door!
$20.00 members, $23.00 non-members. Make checks payable to "GHC." Send check and reservations to: GHC, 1121 Waukegan Rd., Glenview IL 60025.

For further information, contact Mary Long, (847) 724-4115 or

Tuesday, March 1, 2011

Military Service Records

Kathryn Barrett will give a presentation on "Military Service Records" at the next meeting of the Northwest Suburban Council of Genealogists.

The meeting will be held on Tuesday, March 15, 2011 at 7:30 p.m. at Forest View Educational Center Room 100 2121 S. Goebbert Road Arlington Heights, Illinois

Kathryn Barrett is a genealogy researcher, teacher and lecturer at the local, regional and national level. Kathryn has been a volunteer at the National Archives & Records Administration (NARA) at the Great Lakes Regional Center for more than 15 years. She recently organized a local homeowner association genealogical group and makes monthly presentations on a wide variety of genealogical topics, including Naturalization, Evolution of the Federal Census and The Orphan Train. Kathryn is a professional member of the National Genealogical Society (NGS), the Federation of Genealogical Society (FGS), and the Wisconsin State Historical Society with 35+ years of genealogy experience

Northwest Suburban Council of GenealogistsP.O. Box 148 ● Mount Prospect, Illinois, 60056