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.

Wednesday, August 2, 2017

FamilySearch Microfilm

As a FamilySearch Affiliate Library, patrons have the option to have microfilm shipped from the Family History Library in Salt Lake City to the Glenview Public Library. However, FamilySearch recently announced that they will be stopping their microfilm distribution service at the end of August. Patrons can continue to request film until August 31. All microfilm that the library receives during this period will be on extended loan.

Some of FamilySearch's microfilm collection is digitized and browsable online. You can still find books and microfilm through the Books and Catalog tabs on FamilySearch. To find all of the digitized collections in one place, click on "Browse all published collections" on the Records search page.

FamilySearch hopes to have all of its microfilm digitized by 2020. You can find more information about the future of FamilySearch's microfilm collection here.

Thursday, July 27, 2017

Evernote for Genealogy

Learn how to organize your genealogy research with the Evernote app! On August 1st at 2 PM, we'll be discussing the basics of Evernote.

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

Saturday, July 15, 2017

Immigration Records Class

Learn about immigration records with us on Tuesday, July 18 at 10 AM. Register online or call the Reference Desk at 847-729-7500.