Thursday, August 28, 2014

GHC Civil War Encampment

The Glenview History Center's Annual Civil War Encampment is this weekend!

Stop by the History Center at 1121 Waukegan Road this Saturday and Sunday between 9am and 4pm.

Enjoy living history presented by the Sons of the Union Veterans of the Civil War US Signal Corps & 1st Michigan Engineers; Luther E. Johnson, African American Historical Military Reenactors; General George Thomas, Commanding General Army of the Cumberland; and Jessica Michna portraying Mary Ann "Mother Bickerdyke. Also enjoy a traveling Civil War Museum & Fashion exhibit.

Donations are $5/Individual or $10/Family.

Friday, August 15, 2014

Glenview Air Shows

Going to the Air & Water Show this weekend? Check out some aviation history right here in Glenview! Air shows were commonly held at the Curtiss-Reynolds Air Field in the 1930s.

DN-0089768, Chicago Daily News negatives collection, Chicago History Museum.
DN-0089769, Chicago Daily News negatives collection, Chicago History Museum.
Chicago Daily News negatives collection, Chicago History Museum.

Curtiss-Reynolds eventually became the Glenview Naval Air Station. Check out Hangar One's image galleries for more aviation photos from Glenview: 1929-19411942-1945, 1946-1995.

Monday, August 11, 2014


Glenview now has access to GenealogyBank!

To access GenealogyBank:

GenealogyBank has digitized and searchable historical newspapers going back to 1690. Newspapers are great source for the obvious: obituaries, marriage and birth announcements. You can also find real estate transactions, family reunions, military personnel and casuality lists, ship arrivals and passenger lists, photographs, and more.

GenealogyBank also has a collection of searchable books and historic documents including: family histories, military records, pension requests, land documents, and orphan petitions.

Wednesday, August 6, 2014


Learn how to use HeritageQuest on Tuesday, August 12 at 2 pm. HeritageQuest is a genealogy database that you can access from home with your library card. Register for the class here or call the Reference Desk at 847-729-7500.

Friday, August 1, 2014

Genealogy First Tuesdays

Join us in the Genealogy & Local History Room this Tuesday from 6-8:30pm for Genealogy First Tuesdays. Drop in and bring your research questions or get one-on-one help with starting your family tree!

Thursday, July 31, 2014

Glenview's Frank Lloyd Wright

Did you know that there's a Frank Lloyd Wright house right here in Glenview? The John O. Carr house was built in 1950 and the current owners have never opened the house for tours or had the building landmarked. The house will be going on the market soon and now you can purchase this unique piece of architectural history in Glenview!

You can find an article about the house and its owners in Crain's and view more photos of the house here.

You can also find a listing of more Wright homes in the North Suburbs here.

Monday, July 28, 2014

WWI Draft Registration Cards

World War I officially began one hundred years ago today. WWI is a particularly fascinating time period to research and one of my favorite military records collections is the United States World War I Draft Registration Cards.

Beginning in May 1917, the Selective Service Act authorized President Wilson to increase the size of the US military. There were three draft registrations between 1917 and 1918:

  • June 5, 1917: All men residing in the US between the ages of 21 and 31 
  • June 5 and August 24, 1918: Registered men who had turned 21 since June 5, 1917
  • September 12, 1918: All men between 18 and 45
About 24 million men were registered--and these were not just American citizens. All men living in the US regardless of their citizenship were required to register. If an ancestor wasn't naturalized, a draft card may be the only place you can find an exact birth date and place of birth for them. Other information typically found in these records includes: address, occupation and employer, name and address of nearest relative, citizenship status, physical description and signature.

Remember that just because an ancestor has a draft registration card does not mean that they served in the war. The draft cards do not include any information about WWI military service. 

You can search for WWI Draft cards through Ancestry or FamilySearch.

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Intro to Ancestry

Want to learn how to use Come to our class on Tuesday, July 22 at 6pm! Learn how to perfect your searches and start finding your ancestors.

Register online or call 847-729-7500.

Sunday, July 13, 2014

Free Resources

You can always access Ancestry Library Edition for free while you're in the library but when you're at home and don't have a subscription to Ancestry, there are free resources you can access through their site.

You can search Ancestry's Free Index Collection. Search through selected collections of indexes. You may not always be able to view full records without a subscription but you can still find some great information.

You don't need a paid subscription to create a family tree on Ancestry. Upload information about your family and Ancestry will give you "hints" of records that might be applicable to ancestors; however, you'll need a subscription to view the full record.

And you can always take advantage of Ancestry's Learning Center. Videos and research guides can help you further your research.

Thursday, July 10, 2014

Chicago Ancestors

Steve Szabados shared some great information last night on where to search for your Chicago ancestors.

Here are some of my favorite links for Chicago genealogy:

Chicago Ancestors -- be sure to check out the Tools section
Chicago Genealogy
A Look at Cook
Encyclopedia of Chicago
Cook County Genealogy
Cook County Naturalization Records
Cook County Assessor