Friday, January 30, 2015

First Tuesday

The Genealogy & Local History Room will be open this Tuesday evening from 6-8:30 PM. Drop by to get personalized help with your research!

Monday, January 26, 2015


Stop by this Thursday for our class on GenealogyBank. It's a great database for researching old historical newspapers. Sign up online or call the Reference Desk at 847-729-7500 x7700.

Don't forget to check out our list of digital historical newspapers. All of the sites are free to use. Or visit the newspaper links on Cyndi's List.

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Irish Family History Day

This Friday, January 23, celebrate Irish Family History Day with Findmypast!

They will be hosting a free webinar with Irish family historian Brian Donovan. Donovan will be discussing Irish records and can answer any questions you have about Irish research. The webinar will start at 11 AM.

Sign up for the free webinar here.

Saturday, January 10, 2015


Learn how to use the library's newest genealogy database on January 29 at 2 pm. Learn how to use historical newspapers in your genealogy research with this great new resource! Sign up online or call the Reference Desk at 847-729-7500 x7700.

Tuesday, December 30, 2014

Genealogy First Tuesday

Join us on the first Tuesday of the new year! Bring your questions and your research to the Genealogy & Local History Room between 2 and 4:30 on Tuesday, January 6.

Saturday, December 20, 2014

Rock Island County Genealogical Society

The Rock Island County Genealogical Society has a nice website and offers great services if you're
looking for ancestors from the Quad Cities area of Illinois.

Their online records includes:

There is plenty of other great information to be found on the site too!

Monday, December 15, 2014

DNA Kits and Genealogy Research

Genetic genealogy is growing in popularity and if you're looking for a fun genealogy project or gift for the holidays, several DNA testing companies are having holiday specials.

Ancestry DNA is having a holiday special on DNA tests. Save 10% on a DNA kit until December 21.

23andMe has a special offer of buy one and get 20% off each additional kit you buy.

Family Tree DNA also has some good deals on the variety of tests they offer.

Still have questions about genetic genealogy, DNA tests, and how it all works? CeCe Moore has written a good introduction to genetic genealogy on the Geni Blog.

Thursday, December 4, 2014

Holiday Gift Guide for Genealogists

Family heirloom 'scrapbox' from
Trying to find family history-themed holiday gifts this year? Here are a few ideas:

Check Pinterest for crafty, DIY family history projects. This board in particular has some really unique craft ideas!

The GenealogyBank blog offers great ideas for sharing your family history this season:

Family Tree Magazine also has a good list of things to buy for genealogy enthusiasts.

If you're looking to splurge on something really memorable, plan a trip to the family's country of origin. Visit and learn about your family's homestead and organize a research trip to the local archives!

Saturday, November 29, 2014

Genealogy First Tuesday

Join us Tuesday evening in the Genealogy & Local History Room for Genealogy First Tuesday. Drop by anytime between 6:00-8:30pm. Bring your research and your questions!