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.

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

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

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

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.

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.