Tuesday, July 24, 2012


Do you have West Virginia ancestors?

West Virginia Archives and History Library: Culture Center offers YouTube presentations on the first Tuesday and second Thursday of the month.

They record all speakers in the Library and post them on their YouTube channel.

Library patrons must register to use the Library, and can provide an e-mail address to receive notices announcing their speakers.

Their online newsletter, West Virginia Archives and History News, contains articles about upcoming lectures.  A schedule with several months programming is listed in each issue.  Not all speakers address topics limited to a West Virginia audience.


Our Genealogy Local History Room (847-729-7500 x2709)  is staffed by wonderful volunteers.

Come meet Jane, who is here today from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.  Jane has interesting connections!

Tomorrow come and say "Bonjour" to Martine from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., who can help find your French ancestors.

Susan will be here on Thursday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., helping us grow the wonderful Glenview Obituary database.

And on Friday, Sarah can help you with your Jewish family history. She will be here from 9 a.m. to 12 noon.

We are grateful to our talented genealogy volunteers for helping the GLH Room be open more hours!

Tuesday, July 17, 2012


“Genealogy Videos and Webinars—Free Family History Education from the Comfort of Your Home” will be the topic of the Jewish Genealogical Society of Illinois meeting Sunday, July 29, 2012 at 2 p.m., in Temple Beth Israel, 3601 W. Dempster St., Skokie.

Abby Schmelling, JGSI vice president-program, will be present several fun examples of how to learn more about genealogy research techniques.

Many genealogical organizations offer short videos and webinars to help family historians learn about different areas of genealogical research. From JewishGen to the FamilySearch Library in Salt Lake City, family history researchers can find useful information and methods in their areas of interest.

The JGSI meeting facilities at Temple Beth Israel will open at 12:30 p.m. to accommodate members/guests who want to use genealogy library materials, get help with genealogy websites on the Internet, or ask genealogical questions before the main program begins. For more information phone (312) 666-0100.


there is still room in Genealogy Gems, a hands-on workshop being taught in the Tech Lab on Thursday, July 19 at 2 pm.

The class will introduce an assortment of websites that are valuable for genealogical research but do not always get covered in our standard classes because they fall into no particular category.

You will have a chance to explore the websites and their features. Many websites are represented, so that whatever we don't cover will go into a future class called "More Genealogy Gems."

to register, call the Reference Desk, (847) 729-7500 x7700.

Thursday, July 12, 2012

Coal Mining Database

Were your Illinois ancestors coal miners?

There is a new online database listing information about coal miners who were injured or killed in mining accidents within the First District of Illinois between 1882 and 1927. It also lists the names of men certified as hoisting engineers, mine managers, and mine supervisors in the First District for the same time period.

The data is from The Illinois Coal Reports, and  provides access to the names of thousands of miners who may or may not have lived in the area long enough to be recorded on census records.

The first coal discovered in North America was in Northern Illinois in the 1600’s by explorers Marquette and Joliet

The database is named Coal Reports of Illinois First District Index.

Wednesday, July 11, 2012

CAGGNI newsletter

The CAGGNI Newsletter for July is available for perusal in the Genealogy / Local History room.

highlights include:

July 21, 2012: Cyber Sleuthing Your Family Tree, a class taught by Tina Beaird. Learn what's new in the online genealogy community. This ses-sion will be packed with tips for finding information and search-ing subscription databases and free genealogy websites.

Coming July 14, 2012, 2nd Saturday Writer’s Workshop, Part I, Facilitator: Nancy R. Thomas...and coming August 18, Atlas of County Boundaries and HistoryGeo.com by Sandra Trapp and Kathy Kult.

Both classes taught at the Schaumburg Township District Library.

The newsletter also contains interesting articles about DNA genealogy, local histories and indexes, and one about the census day written by Bill Dollarhide.

The Genealogy / Local History room is usually open Mondays 9:30 to 12:30, Tuesdays 10 to 1, Wednesdays 10 to 1, Thursdays 10 to 2, and Fridays 9 to noon.  Since it is staffed by volunteers, please call to make sure it will be open on a particular day,  847-729-7500 x2709 or x7700.

Tuesday, July 10, 2012


True Miracles With Genealogy, vol. 2 / compiled by Anne Bradshaw -- c2011.
929.1 TRU

This book contains 58 stories about the author's personal connection with her ancestors.  Each story describes ways in which a genealogical puzzle was solved through interactions with the ancestors themselves.  Each story is unique, and involves a different kind of mysterious experience.  Anne's accounts are enjoyable to read, and contain interesting genealogical background as well.

NSGS July 2012 Meeting

The next meeting of the North Suburban Genealogical Society is Saturday, July 21, at 1:00 pm at the Northbrook Historical Society, 1776 Walters Avenue, Northbrook, IL

Teresa McMillan will present HUNTING FOR HENRY: A Case Study Using Collaterals.

Are you dealing with an ancestor who seems to have been hatched? Who landed in the middle of the United States with no obvious way of getting here? If so, this is the program may help you unravel the mystery.

Refreshments. Bring a friend.

Friday, July 6, 2012

Genealogy Roots Blog

Genealogy Roots is a blog about vital records.

It is designed to help you  find online genealogy databases, records and resources. The focus is on vital records (birth, marriage, divorce & death records), obituaries, census records, naturalization records, military records and ship passenger lists.

Monday, July 2, 2012

July GFT

The "Genealogy First Tuesday" (GFT) for July will take place on Tuesday, July 3.

As July is an "odd month," the Genealogy Room will be open in the afternoon, between 2:00 and 4:30 pm.
If you want to use the resources in our Genealogy Room...or if you would like some guidance or new ideas for solving genealogical problems...or if you want to add your surnames to the Name Index...or if you have hit a genealogical "Brick wall"...or if you enjoy chatting with others who are working on their family trees...GFT is for you!
Registration is required but a Glenview Library Card is not.

To register, please call the Reference Desk at (847) 729-7500 x7700. If you have questions, or if there is a topic in genealogy you would like to know more about, or if there is a subject you would like to suggest for the GFT, please call Deena at (847) 729-7500 x2712.