Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Marriage Records

Ginger Frere will present Looking for Love in All the Wrong Places: Searching for Marriage Records at the next meeting of the Northwest Suburban Council of Genealogists.

The meeting will be held on Tuesday, February 15, 2011 at 7:30 p.m. at Forest View Educational Center Room 100 2121 S. Goebbert Road Arlington Heights, Illinois

Arrive at 7:00 p.m., prior to the presentation, for casual discussion or to exchange information with others who enjoy genealogy.

Youve looked through civil records and church records. What else should you do if you cant find your ancestors marriage records? In the United States, requirements for a valid marriage have changed over time and varied from state to state. Today, couples in a hurry might rush off to Las Vegas. During the late 1800s and early 1900s, numerous towns across the nation were known as Marriage Mills or Gretna Greens. Learn about some of these locations and find out why you might be looking for marriage records in the wrong place.

A life-long Chicagoan, Ginger Frere has been involved in family history for more than 15 years. She is the principal of Information Diggers, providing a variety of research services. In addition, Ginger works in the Genealogy and Local History section at the Newberry Library of Chicago, which is noted for its genealogical holdings and services.

Meeting sponsored by Northwest Suburban Council of Genealogists, P.O. Box 148, Mount Prospect, Illinois, 60056

Friday, January 21, 2011

Genealogy Tour: Chicago Public Library

Chicago Genealogical Society has arranged a tour of genealogy resources at the Harold Washington Library Center (HWLC) of the Chicago Public Library, 400 S. State St., Chicago, on Saturday February 5, at 10:00 a.m.. Meet on the Third Floor near the security office.

Among these rresources are historic ethnic newspapers, Chicago newspapers on microfilm, early American newspapers (1704 -1820), neighborhood newspapers, passenger lists, city directories, military records, and pension records on microfilm.

Wednesday, January 19, 2011

North Suburban Genealogical Society: February Meeting

February 12, 2011
Northbrook Historical Museum, 1776 Walter Ave.
Northbrook, IL
Contact: 847-401-2579

Monday, January 17, 2011

Who Do You Think You Are?

Who Do You Think You Are: Season Two premieres on Friday, February 4, at 7 pm. on NBC.

The series follows a different well-known and popular celebrity each week as they trace their family trees. Each episode will reveal surprising, inspiring and sometimes tragic stories that are often linked to events in American and international history.

As each celebrity discovers†his or her†unknown relatives - most of whom overcame hard times - the show will take viewers back through world history to expose how the lives of everyone's collective ancestors have shaped our world today.

Jewish Records Indexing--Poland

Jewish Records Indexing (JRI) is a searchable online database of Jewish vital records of Poland. It contains 4 million records from more than 500 Polish towns.

Saturday, January 15, 2011

Tony's Genealogy Blog

Tony Kierna is a Reference Librarian and Genealogy Coordinator at the Schaumburg Township District Library.
He publishes a Genealogy Blog that lists programs taking place in the area, which Glenview residents can attend; alonng with genealogy news, weblinks, etc.
Subscribe to RSS Notices, New Posts, and Comments on Tony's blog to be notified when something new is added..

Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Family Search Websites

Family Search is a major genealogical resource. And it is in a state of flux.

For your convenience, here are links to various parts of Family Search.

Updated Family Search

New Family Search (if you can't use this, ask the Family History Center staff to do a search for you)

Old Classic Family Search

Record Search Pilot

Family History Library Catalog

Place Search

Research Wiki

New Library Catalog

International Genealogical Index (IGI)

Monday, January 10, 2011

Oldest Book in Lundberg Collection

This Army Register from 1815 is the oldest material in our collection. It is on the shelf with other army rregisters in the Lundberg Collection in the library's Genealogy & Local History Room..
This 14 page pamphlet listing names, rank, date of appointment, brevet and former commissions, and remarks for general staff, corps of engineers regiment of light artillery, corps of artillery, and first through eighth regiments infantry.

A photocopy was made by Mrs. Lundberg years ago. The original booklet is in an archival sleeve to keep it safe. Mrs. Lundberg attached a note that says, "Please do not remove these originals - use duplicates found xeroxed, same folder."