Monday, June 4, 2018

Discovering Your UK/Irish Roots Online

Join us Saturday, June 9 at 1 PM when Debra Dudek will discuss the resources and search techniques for the three big UK and Irish databases: FindMyPast, ScotlandsPeople, and RootsIreland. Learn what’s new and how privacy and information rights impact your quest for records.

Presented in partnership with the North Suburban Genealogical Society.

Register online or call the Reference Desk at 847-729-7500.

Thursday, May 31, 2018

Getting Started with

Learn how to start your genealogy research with We'll go over the basics of the world's most popular genealogy database on Thursday, June 7 at 2 PM.

Register online or call the Reference Desk at 847-729-7500.

Wednesday, May 23, 2018

Prairie Pioneers of Illinois

If your ancestor settled in Illinois before 1880, you may find valuable information about them in the Illinois State Genealogical Society's Prairie Pioneers of Illinois. This two volume work records biographical and genealogical details for the earliest settlers in the state and lists when they arrived in Illinois.

The Illinois State Genealogical Society still collects information on Illinois' early pioneers. Their website lists the names of 3900 individuals but does not include genealogical information on them. The society is also currently collecting information on families who have lived continuously in Illinois since the state's founding in 1818.

Wednesday, May 16, 2018

Military Records

Military records provide lots of genealogical details. Even if your ancestor didn't serve in the military, you can still find useful information in draft records. Join us Tuesday, May 22 at 2 PM and discover how to find and use military records in your family history research.

Register online or call the Reference Desk at 847-729-7500.

Thursday, May 10, 2018

Chicago, Milwaukee, St Paul & Pacific Railroad History

Join us at the Glenview History Center to learn about Glenview's place in railroad history!

Bob Storozuk, president of the Milwaukee Road Historical Association, will will discuss the history of the Chicago, Milwaukee, St Paul & Pacific Railroad -- with special emphasis on Glenview.

This program will be on Sunday, May 20th at 2 PM at the Hibbard Library at the Glenview History Center. A suggested donation of $5 is appreciated.

Thursday, May 3, 2018

Local Newspapers

Newspapers play an important role in genealogy and local history research. We have several resources to help you find local newspapers and articles.

To begin, search our obituary index for Glenview-area obituaries. You can also find local articles about specific topics, businesses, or people in our newspaper clipping file located in the Genealogy & Local History Room.

For more in-depth research, consult our online databases or browse our microfilm collection.

Newspaper databases: 
This covers the entire United States but you can find a variety of local newspaper coverage dating back to the 1800s. This includes the historic Daily Herald whose coverage includes Glenview. For more recent articles, try the following databases:

Chicago Sun-Times (1986-Present)
Chicago Tribune Archive (1849-1994)
Chicago Tribune (1989-Present)

Daily Herald (1995-Present)
Glenview Announcements (1995-Present)
NewsBank: Illinois

Local newspapers on microfilm:
The Niles Center Press

Northbrook News

Glenview View

The Announcements:
Glenview, Northbrook, Northfield
Glenview Post

Glenview Announcements

Glenview Journal

Wednesday, April 25, 2018

Tall Trees

Learn about the history of the Tall Trees neighborhood. In the latest episode of the Glenview TV's Off the Shelf, Yvonne Wolf interviews Dan Wassmann, the author of Tall Trees: An Illustrated History. Discover what makes this Glenview neighborhood unique. 

Sunday, April 15, 2018

Italian Immigration

Italian Immigrants
Library of Congress LC-USZ62-87554
Italians Americans make up the fourth largest European ethnic groups in the US. Most Italian
immigration happened between 1880 and 1915 when about four million Italians emigrated to America.

The National Archives provides easy access to some Italian immigration records through the Italians to America Passenger Data File, 1855-1900. This collection consists of an index of 845,368 passengers who arrived in Baltimore, Boston, New Orleans, New York, and Philadelphia between 1855-1900. The Data File includes information about passenger's name, age, town of last residence, destination, and gives you information on finding the ship's manifest.

After you find your ancestor's town of birth, visit Ancestors: Archives for Genealogical Research which is the official portal to the various State Archives in Italy. And don't forget to search for church records. The Italian Catholic Church website can help you locate your ancestor's parish church. 

Tuesday, April 10, 2018

The Glenview Naval Air Base and The Hangar One Foundation

Join us Saturday, April 14 at 1 PM for a local history presentation. Bill Marquardt will discuss the Glenview Hangar One Foundation which works to preserve the history of Naval Air Station Glenview and several of the base’s historic buildings.

Presented in partnership with the North Suburban Genealogical Society.

Thursday, April 5, 2018


Learn how to navigate FamilySearch with us Tuesday, April 10 at 2 PM. We'll discuss basic search functions, explore hard-to-find record collections, and discover the FamilySearch Wiki and other online learning tools.

Register online or call the Reference Desk at 847-729-7500.