Wednesday, December 7, 2016

Oral Histories

The holidays are a great time to capture oral histories with your family. Here are a few books to help you get started.

The Oral History Workshop
This is an excellent resource! About a third of the book is devoted to sample questions revolving around a central theme for your interview. The authors also explain how to get started and how to turn an interview into a story. Helpful checklists and tips for archiving round out the book.

The following books also offer advice on copyright and publishing your oral histories in a variety of mediums. They discuss interview techniques and guides for transcription as well. These resources are especially useful if you're thinking of staring a large project:

Doing Oral History
The Oral History Manual
Recording Oral History

Wednesday, November 30, 2016

DNA Blogs

Everyone has questions about DNA and genealogy. Here are a few blogs that can help you figure it
all out:

Your Genetic Genealogist
CeCe Moore is a professional genetic genealogist. Her blog breaks down the different tests and explains how to incorporate them into your research. She also lists great basic resources and recommendations for testing.

Roberta Estes, a scientist and genealogist, explains in-depth the various DNA testing services available and helps interpret results.

The Legal Genealogist
While Judy G. Russell mostly writes about the law and genealogy, she also does a series on DNA.

Other worthwhile blogs:
The Genetic Genealogist
Through the Trees
Genealem's Genetic Genealogy

And for even more information, check out the new book The Family Tree Guide to DNA Testing and Genetic Genealogy.

Tuesday, November 22, 2016

Mayflower Descendants

Do you have Mayflower ancestors? The General Society of Mayflower Descendants can help you find them. The Society was founded in 1897 and strives to publish authoritative genealogical information about the Pilgrims and their descendants.

The Genealogy & Local History Room contains a few publications from the Society of Mayflower Descendants including the Society of Mayflower Descendants in the State of Illinois. We have three editions in the Lundberg Collection: 1925, 1947, and 1962.

These volumes list members of the Society living in Illinois and includes their genealogies back to passengers on the Mayflower.

The books also include histories of the pilgrims and information about the Illinois chapter of the Society of Mayflower Descendants.

Monday, November 14, 2016

The Final Rolls of the Five Civilized Tribes

The Final Rolls of Citizens and Freedmen of the Five Civilized Tribes in Indian Territory are invaluable for researching ancestors from the Cherokee, Chickasaw, Creek, Choctaw and Seminole tribes.

In 1893, President Cleveland created a commission to negotiate land treaties with the Cherokee, Creek, Choctaw, Chickasaw and Seminole tribes. The tribes agreed to abolish their governments and recognize Federal laws in return for allotments of land. Individual members had to apply with the Commission to be deemed eligible for tribal land.

Between 1898 and 1907, the Federal government received approximately 250,000 applications but the Commission only approved 101,000 names to be added to the Final Rolls. About one-fourth of these individuals were full blood.

The Final Rolls were published in 1907 and list applicants' tribe, name, age, sex, and degree of blood. These documents are important sources for genealogy research in the "Five Civilized Tribes."

Monday, November 7, 2016

Organizing Your Genealogy

Need some ideas for online organization? Sign up for our class on Wednesday, November 9 at 2:00 PM.

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

Saturday, October 29, 2016

Genealogy & Local History Room Hours

The Genealogy & Local History Room is now open on Thursday nights and one weekend a month! View our schedule here.

Friday, October 21, 2016

Online Genealogy Resources For Free!

Join us this Wednesday at 10 AM for a class on online genealogy resources. Discover free genealogy websites to help you build your family tree and break down your “brick walls.”

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

Wednesday, October 12, 2016

Best Websites 2016

Every year Family Tree Magazine announces it's 101 Best Genealogy Websites. Here are a few of my favorites from this year's list.

An aggregated collection of databases and links. It's a nicely designed website and easy-to-use.

Atlas of the Historical Geography of the United States
Charles O. Paullin and John K. Wright’s classic historical atlas is updated with 21st-century technology.

Chronicling America
This Library of Congress site allows you to search newspapers from 1836 to 1922.

CSI: Dixie
Nineteenth century coroners' inquests from South Carolina. There's a relatively small number of inquests but the information provided here offers a fascinating glimpse into death (and life) in the nineteenth century.

A digital library of more than 14 million volumes. Search for local and family histories, archival documents and more.

International Society of Genetic Genealogy Wiki
Get all of your DNA and genetic genealogy questions answered here.

Unknown No Longer
A database by the Virginia Historical Society that hopes to record the names of all of the enslaved Virginians that appear in the Society's documents.

A genealogy wiki. Collaborate with others to create a unified family tree.

Wednesday, October 5, 2016

Genealogy Research Day

Celebrate Family History Month with us this Saturday! Have you hit a brick wall or do you need help getting started with genealogy? Drop in at the Technology Lab or the Genealogy & Local History Room between 1-4 PM to get individualized help.

Thursday, September 29, 2016

New Weekend Hours!

Drop by the Genealogy & Local History Room this Sunday to use our print collections or to get research help. Our volunteer, Jonathan, will be here from 1:30-5:00 PM.

The Genealogy & Local History Room will be open at least one weekend per month. Check our schedule for details.