Monday, November 17, 2014

American Indian Records in Ancestry

Ancestry recently partnered with the Oklahoma Historical Society to add more than 3.2 million new American Indian records to their site.

Some of their new collections include:
  • Oklahoma, Indian Land Allotment Sales, 1908-1927
  • Oklahoma and Indian Territory, Indian Photos, 1850-1930 
  • Oklahoma and Indian Territory, Marriage, Citizenship and Census Records, 1841-1927
  • Records Related to Enrollment of Eastern Cherokee by Guion Miller, 1908-1910
  • Ratified Indian Treaties and Chiefs, 1722-1869 
These are great new collections to help you find your American Indian ancestors!

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

The History and Achievements of the Fort Sheridan Officers' Training Camps

Veterans Day may have passed but the Genealogy & Local History collection has great resources to honor veterans year round.

One interesting book in the Lundberg Collection is about nearby Fort Sheridan: The History and Achievements of the Fort Sheridan Officers' Training Camps published in 1920 by the Fort Sheridan Association.

The book is an excellent resource for learning about how the army prepared its soldiers during World War I. It's also a neat bit of area history and should definitely be consulted if you're researching WWI ancestors who may have been stationed at Fort Sheridan.

The History and Achievements of Fort Sheridan details how the soldiers prepared for war, gives the full schedule of each week of training camp, describes how the men entertained themselves, and what some officers accomplished during the war.

It's also incredibly well illustrated with photographs of the soldiers during training and also goofing off.

There is a very nice (and sadly very long) section of photos and short biographies of all of the men from Fort Sheridan who died while fighting in WWI.

The book also includes a full roster of every man who trained at Fort Sheridan during World War I. I found two men from Glenview in the ranks:

A.W. Burnham
Alvin G. Gyllenhaal

Teddy Roosevelt visits the troops at Fort Sheridan

The Lundberg Collection includes many interesting military histories particularly from the Civil War. The collection even houses military rosters, records and pensions from states across the country. Drop by the Genealogy & Local History Room to research the veterans in your family!

Monday, November 10, 2014

Free Access to Ancestry Military Records

In honor of Veteran's Day, Ancestry is offering free access to military records. You can search Ancestry's military collection from home for free today and tomorrow. Get started here.

And don't forget that you can always use Ancestry for free in the library.

Friday, November 7, 2014

Military Records

There is still time to sign up for our class on Military Records on Tuesday, November 11 at 10am. Learn how and where to find records and how to use them in your research. Register for the class online or call the Reference Desk at 847-729-7500.

Monday, October 20, 2014

Family History Research Day

Celebrate Family History Month this Saturday at the Glenview Public Library!

Drop by the Tech Lab or the Genealogy & Local History Room any time between 1 and 4 pm. Volunteers and staff will be available to help you with research and to answer any questions.

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

Saturday, October 18, 2014

GHC Annual Meeting

The Glenview History Center is holding its annual meeting on October 24th.

This year's speaker is Douglas Stiles, a great-great-grandson of watchmaker Jonathan Dillon. According to family legend, Mr. Dillon secretly engraved a message on Abraham Lincoln’s pocket watch at the beginning of the Civil War. Mr. Stiles’ research led to the verification of family story.

Join us and enjoy this interesting bit of history!

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Celebrate Family History Month

October is Family History Month. Looking to celebrate your family history but don't know where to begin? Here are some activities to get you started!

Create your family tree. Start with yourself and work back one generation at a time. Download free charts from or you can find some fancy charts here or search Cyndi's List for other free trees and pedigree charts.

Interview family members and record family stories. You can find sample questions online or check out one our oral history books to help find inspiration.

Preserve family photos. Organize all of those family photos you've been collecting throughout the years. Track down family members to help you identify people and places in old photographs. Try scanning and uploading photos to a website and file the the originals in acid-free boxes or albums.

Make a heritage scrapbook. After collecting all of your photos and family stories, put them all together in a scrapbook. You can also include family recipes, ephemera, and record all of your family traditions and favorite memories.

Get the kids involved! All of these projects can be shared with kids and you can find other fun activities online to get the next generation interested in family history.

Saturday, October 11, 2014

Family History Research Day
Celebrate Family History Month at the Glenview Public Library on Saturday, October 25. Drop by the library anytime between 1 and 4pm. A volunteers and staff will be in the Genealogy & Local History Room and the Tech Lab to help you with research and to answer your questions.

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

Thursday, October 9, 2014

GHC Cemetery Walk

Come learn more about several of the founding members of Northfield Township this Sunday at the old St. Peter's Cemetery. Members of the Glenview History Center and the Northbrook Historical Society will be presenting a walking tour of the cemetery and will be sharing stories and portraying figures from the township's history.

The cemetery is located on Shermer Road between West Lake Avenue and Willow Road. Performances are at 1pm and 2:30pm.

Monday, October 6, 2014

Digging Deeper with Ancestry

There is still time to sign up for our class on Digging Deeper with on Thursday at 2pm. Learn about Ancestry's special collections and advanced searches!