Friday, October 13, 2017

Dig Deeper with Ancestry

Want to learn more about Ancestry.com? Join us this Tuesday at 10 AM as we explore Ancestry’s special collections and offer techniques for advanced searching.

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

Friday, October 6, 2017

Create a Free Online Family Tree

If you're looking to put your family tree online for Family History Month, you have a few free options.

You can create a Ancestry Family Tree without a paid subscription to Ancestry.com. Create a free account here and then start adding names to your tree! You will not be able to attach documents to your tree like you would a paid account but you can organize all of those names, branches, and dates. You can even add photographs to your tree.

Ancestry Member Trees are searchable in Ancestry's database or you can adjust the privacy settings so the tree is only visible to you.

MyHeritage allows you to create a free family website and family trees. You can add documentation, photographs, calendars and family events. There are multiple options for adding all kinds of biographical data to your entries. You can also invite other family members to view and share information on the site or in the tree. There is also free family tree software that you can download to your computer if you're not interested in working through a web browser.


Wednesday, September 27, 2017

Meyers Orts: Gazetteer of the German Empire

The gazetteer Meyers Geographical and Commercial Gazetteer of the German Empire (Meyers Orts- und Verkehrs-Lexikon des Deutschen Reichs) is the best place to locate place names when doing German research.

Compiled in 1912, this gazetteer includes all areas that belonged to the German Empire prior to World War I. You can find more than 210,000 place names in Meyers Orts.

Meyers Orts describes each town and the civil and religious jurisdictions it belongs to. This information should help you decide where to locate records for your ancestors. Each entry the gazetteer may include the following:
  • Name of place 
  • Place type 
  • Name of state
  • Government district 
  • Population 
  • Post Office and other Communications information 
  • Railroad information 
  • Courts 
  • Consulate 
  • Embassy 
  • Churches 
  • Schools 
  • Institutes 
  • Military 
  • Financial 
  • Business Institutions 
  • Trades and Industries 
  • Shipping Traffic 
  • Local government services 
  • Dependent Places

The Glenview Library has a physical copy of Meyers Orts in the Genealogy & Local History Room. You can also search the gazetteer online.

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

America Goes to War: WWI Draft Registration Cards


Join us this Sunday at 2 PM for a discussion of the Selective Service Act of 1917 at the Glenview History Center.

Twenty-four million men registered for the draft. Discover their stories and learn how you can find your WWI ancestors!

Thursday, September 14, 2017

European Genealogy

Are you wondering how to get started researching in Europe? Join us Tuesday at 2 PM for our class on European Genealogy. We'll cover the basic process for researching ancestors in Europe and how to find European sources.

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

Monday, September 11, 2017

Jackman Bear's 100th Birthday!


This Sunday, we're celebrating the Jackman Bear's 100th birthday. Entertainment and refreshments will be held in Jackman Park from 1:30-2:30.

Most of Glenview's residents attended the Bear Fountain's dedication on September 15, 1917. Edward Jackman originally commissioned the fountain to service the needs of horses, humans, and small animals.

You can learn more about Jackman Bear here and visit the library on Tuesday night to hear Glenview historian Beverly Dawson discuss what life was like in Glenview in 1917.

Wednesday, September 6, 2017

So You've Found Your German Town of Origin, Now What?

Join us this Saturday at 1 PM for a program on German research.

Finding your ancestor's town of origin can be exciting. Once this piece of information is found, you might be left wondering how to get records from the other side of the ocean. Teresa Steinkamp McMillin focuses on how to get records for German towns.

Highlights include:
  • Verifying the location of the town 
  • Strategies for identifying misspelled town names 
  • Finding historical jurisdictions for that town 
  • Finding records for that town 
  • Useful aids for reading those records 
  • Tips for hiring a professional genealogist in Germany

Register for the program online or call the Reference Desk at 847-729-7500. Presented in partnership with the North Suburban Genealogical Society.

Wednesday, August 30, 2017

FamilySearch Microfilm



FamilySearch is extending their microfilm ordering deadline to September 7. Only one week left!

Find the latest information at the discontinuation of FamilySearch's microfilm distribution services here.

Thursday, August 17, 2017

The Scots and Irish in Canada



We've got some of the best resources for searching for early Scottish and Irish immigrants in Canada: Some Early Scots in Maritime Canada and Erin's Sons: Irish Arrivals in Atlantic Canada both compiled by Terrence M. Punch.

Punch searched newspaper announcements and passenger lists as well as cemetery, probate, and land records to find references to Scottish and Irish immigrants in Canada. The volumes focus on early populations in Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, Newfoundland, and Prince Edward Island.

Many of these record are only available in Canadian archives and difficult to find so these books provide a valuable resource for early Scottish and Irish research in North America.

Tuesday, August 8, 2017

WWI at the Glenview History Center



Visit the Glenview History Center on August 13th and hear living historian Christopher Allen Irelan discuss Marine Corps and their equipment in the Great War.

This event will be at the Hibbard Library at 2 PM.