Wednesday, September 18, 2019

Cook County Vital Records on FamilySearch

Did you know that you can find images of Cook County vital records on FamilySearch? They can be tricky to find but you don't have to pay for them!

Note that you can only view these images at a FamilySearch Affiliate Library so you'll be able to view these at the Glenview Public Library but not at home.

Start by searching for the record you need.

Find and select the record you want to view.

After you've selected the record and verified it's the one you want, look on the right under "Document Information." You may have to click the down arrow for the information to show. 

Write down the GS Film Number and the Image Number.

Next, open a new tab and go to the FamilySearch Catalog. Under "Search for" click on "Film/Fiche Number" and type in the GS Film Number you just wrote down and hit search.

This will bring up the Cook County collection you want. Click on the title. 

Scroll down on the next page for the films. Find the GS Film number in the list. This is the film you want. Click on the camera icon to view images.

Now you'll see a page of image thumbnails. In the upper left corner, find the box that says "Image."

Type the Image Number you recorded earlier in the box and hit "Enter" on your keyboard.

This will highlight one of the thumbnails. Double click on the image and you have your certificate!

And you didn't have to pay Cook County for it!

Tuesday, September 10, 2019

Digging Deeper with

You know the basics of but want to learn more? Join us this Thursday at 2 PM for our class: Digging Deeper with Explore Ancestry’s special collections and learn advanced search techniques.

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

Thursday, August 22, 2019

Chicago & Cook County Genealogy

Join us Tuesday, August 27 at 2 PM for a class on Chicago & Cook County Genealogy Records. Find your Chicago ancestors with us!

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

Tuesday, August 6, 2019

Polish Genealogy: 4 Steps to Success

Where do you start your research of your Polish Ancestors? Finding your Polish ancestors is a challenge. Join us this Saturday at 1 PM for Steve Szabados' presentation which will simplify the confusing elements of Polish research.

We'll cover logical steps on searching and translating Polish documents as well as what to do about border changes that confuse us on where our ancestors were born. . This material will jump start your research and help you enjoy your Polish Heritage.

This presentation is presented in partnership with the North Suburban Genealogical Society.

Wednesday, July 31, 2019

Ancestry Holocaust Records

Today Ancestry announced a new partnership with the Arolsen Archives (formerly the International Tracing Service or ITS). The Arolsen Archives contains the most comprehensive archive of material related to victims and survivors of Nazi persecution. Many of these documents will be made available on

Two collections from Arolsen are already online and accessible from Ancestry:

Europe, Registration of Foreigners and German Persecutees, 1939-1947

This collection includes information gathered by the Allies at the end of the war concerning those who had been persecuted in Germany by public institutions, social securities and companies. The documents may contain death and burial information.

Africa, Asia and Europe, Passenger Lists of Displaced Persons, 1946-1971

The majority of the immigrants in this collection are Holocaust survivors or refugees leaving Germany and other European ports. These records were created by the International Refugee Organization (IRO) and the Intergovernmental Committee on European Migration.

Thursday, July 18, 2019

Daughters of the American Revolution

We keep old issues of the Daughters of the American Revolution Magazine in the Lundberg Collection. Most of our issues date from the '60s and '70s but we do have some dating back to 1929!

These issues have valuable service information about Revolutionary War soldiers and histories from the Colonial Era. They also contain genealogical sources submitted by DAR members which include Bible records, grave transcriptions, wills, and general family histories.

Tuesday, July 2, 2019

Immigration Records

Join us Tuesday, July 9 at 2 PM for a class on Immigration Records. Learn how to find your immigrant ancestors in passenger lists and naturalization records.

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

Friday, June 28, 2019

Newspaper Resources

Newspapers are fun resources but they can be difficult to find. Here's some of my favorite free online newspaper sites to help you get you started:

Chronicling America
The Library of Congress and the National Endowment for the Humanities partnered to create Chronicling America, a searchable database of historic American newspapers. The site allows you to search by keyword, phrase, date, ethnic group, state or language.

Elephind searches several of the largest digitized newspaper collections simultaneously. Type keywords and phrases into the search bar and get results from newspaper archives from across the world.

Google News Newspaper Archive
Google created a great collection of digitized newspapers. Unfortunately, the collection is not keyword searchable. Find the name of the newspaper you're looking for and browse the paper like digitized microfilm.

The Ancestor Hunt: Newspaper Links
This blog hosts an exhaustive list of online newspaper resources for each state. If the newspaper you're looking for isn't listed here, it's probably not online yet.

Wednesday, June 19, 2019

Summer Programs at the Glenview History Center

The Dukes of Hazzard’s Tom Sarmento, General Lee’s Mechanic will visit the Glenview History Center this Saturday at 2 PM.

Tom Sarmento grew up in Glenview and worked as a mechanic for The Dukes of Hazzard’s bright orange muscle car from 1979-1985. He'll share his experiences working on the hit CBS show.

The Farmhouse will be open for tours after the program.