Thursday, February 11, 2016

African American Genealogy Resources


Black Roots: A Beginner's Guide to Tracing the African American Family Tree
A simple introduction to African American Genealogy. Describes how to get started with genealogy research and goes in-depth on how to find African American documents.

Slave Genealogy: A Research Guide with Case Studies
This book specifically focuses on research strategies for finding slave ancestors. The case studies offer great examples of how to uncover your family lines.

African American Genealogical Sourcebook
This reference book explains the backgrounds of the records and resources most important to African American researchers. It also includes major repositories of records and genealogy societies that specialize in African American research.

Similar genealogy source books in our collections include:
African American Genealogy: A Bibliography and Guide to Sources
A Bibliography of African American Family History at the Newberry Library -- Consult this bibliography before your next research trip to the Newberry!
Black Genesis: A Resource Book for African-American Genealogy -- This book very nicely breaks resources down state by state and year by year.

Thursday, February 4, 2016

Glenview Genealogy

The Appleyards of Glenview (photo from the Glenview History Center) 
Researching ancestors from Glenview? Here are a few of our online resources that can help you out.

Glenview Family Trees is a compilation of birth and death information of some of the earliest settlers to the area. We have trees for families such founding families as the Appleyards and Dewes. The information is taken from cemetery records and burial permits that were transcribed by Gertrude Lundberg.

If you're looking for obituaries in Glenview newspapers, our Obituary Index will tell you if an obituary exists and where to find it. Check the Master Index to see if your family members or a local business has been written about in our Glenview history books. 

We have a photographs of some of the founding families of Glenview in the Illinois Digital Archives. You can also find scanned images of the 1909, 1912, and 1913 Glenview Telephone Directories in this collection.  

Monday, February 1, 2016

RootsTech Online

If you're unable to attend RootsTech this year, you can live stream several of the sessions. You can find the streaming schedule for Thursday, Friday, and Saturday here. The recorded sessions will also be archived on the RootsTech website for a limited time. Learn some new research techniques and discover how to utilize the latest technology with your genealogy.

Tuesday, January 26, 2016

Choosing a Genealogical Software Program

Many Family Tree Maker users may be looking for new genealogy software soon. The following webinar is by the New England Historic Genealogical Society. Rhonda R. McClure discusses how to select the software that's right for you.

Monday, January 18, 2016

Chicago: The Wonder City

We have many books about the history of Chicago in the Genealogy & Local History Room but one of our more unique histories is Chicago: The Wonder City.

Written and published in 1893 by Eugen Seeger, this book highlights the city's achievements and promotes the Columbian Exhibition. Unlike some of our other Chicago histories, this book does not focus on biographies of wealthy Chicagoans but instead examines the city's rapid rise and it's place in United States history. There is a detailed section on the Chicago Fire, anarchists' plots and politics, and Seeger discusses Chicago's cultural life as well.
There are some great photos and illustrations of the city's architecture and some nice bits of historical trivia. A genealogist may be interested in Seeger's description of the waves of immigration to the city and how each ethnic group has contributed to the success of Chicago.

Overall, it's a great snapshot of Chicago in 1893.

Tuesday, January 12, 2016

Genealogy Research Day

Do you need individualized help with your research? Join us on Saturday, January 16 for our Genealogy Research Day. Learn new techniques, access our databases, utilize our print resources and let us help you break down your break walls.

Drop by the Technology Lab or the Genealogy & Local History Room any time between 1 and 4 PM. Volunteers and staff will be available to help you with your research.

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

Wednesday, January 6, 2016

Ancestry Class

Do you know the basics of searching on Ancestry but need to learn more advanced search techniques? Join us for a class Wednesday, January 13 at 2 PM. We'll learn about the various records and special collections on Ancestry and discover new search tips.  

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

Monday, January 4, 2016

Genealogy Do-Over

With the start of the new year, it's a good time to think about doing a Genealogy Do-Over. The concept is that you set aside all of your previous research and start over from scratch.

When most of us started compiling our family histories, we did't know or appreciate the importance of citing sources or fully analyzing evidence to prove facts. We gradually learn the process of how to properly conduct our genealogical research.

Perhaps your methods have improved and your current research is impeccable but what about all of your early work?  Instead of just reviewing all of your past research, why not start entirely over?

Blogger Thomas MacEntee created the Genealogy Do-Over in 2014. Last year, he blogged about the process and has written an ebook to help others start over. The Genealogy Do-Over blog also includes different research prompts for each month to help you get through a year of new research. And join the Facebook group for research help and to see how others are starting over.

Monday, December 28, 2015

Research Filing Systems

Need some inspiration for organizing and filing your research? There are multiple methods for organizing your research. You just need to find the one that works best for you.

Many prefer to file their research in folders. It's often the fastest and most intuitive way to organize. Blogger Jennifer Jensen describes her simple system of color-coded family folders here.

An example of surname binders from genejourneys
Another popular filing system involves creating surname notebooks. Here are some notebook tips from DearMyrtle:
  • Create a notebook for each major surname. You can also combine several smaller surnames into one binder and when one surname gets too larger, you can move it into it's own binder.
  • The first tab in your surname notebook should be labeled "Direct Lines." Start this section by grouping all of your direct line family group sheets together chronologically. 
  • After each family group sheet, include your documents (bmd certificates, photos, military and immigration papers, censuses, etc.) for that specific family.
  • You should have another section devoted to your collateral lines. These would be group sheets and documents for your parents' siblings, your grandparents' siblings, etc.
  • DearMyrtle also suggests having a tab in your binder labeled: "Research (not proven)." Here you can include the research you're doing on people who you suspect to be ancestors but haven't proven the relationship yet.

Whatever filing system you choose, you need to remember to be consistent and always file your documents as soon as you get them!

Wednesday, December 16, 2015

Family Tree Maker & Genealogy Software

Ancestry recently announced that they will be retiring Family Tree Maker. The software will be available for purchase through December 31, 2015 and Ancestry will continue to provide technical support until January 1, 2017.

Ancestry Member Trees will still be available (and you can create one even if you don't have an Ancestry subscription).

If you're looking for genealogy software, here are a few good options:
Also visit Family Tree Magazine's Genealogy Software Guide to help you pick out a new program. 

There's a good Genea-Musings blog post that explains what Family Tree Users should be doing now and what your future options are.