Thursday, May 26, 2011

Federal Court Records: Class, June 11 at NARA

Have you checked federal court records in your family history hunt?

If not, then consider attending the upcoming workshop, Using Court Records to Find Local and Family History to learn about the federal court cases available at the National Archives at Chicago.

When: Saturday, June 11, 2011, from 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM

Where: National Archives at Chicago, 7358 South Pulaski Road, Chicago, Illinois

The cost is $10.00 per person, payable at the door.

To register, send your name, e-mail address, phone number, and mailing address to Kris Maldre, Education Specialist, at . Upon receipt, your workshop registration will be confirmed via e-mail.

If you have further questions, please contact The National Archives at Chicago at 773-948-9010.

Friday, May 20, 2011

1940 Is Coming in 2012!

It's less than a year now!

The Ancestry Insider says: "The 1940 US Federal Census images, 3.2 million of them, will be released to the public on the NARA website on 2 April 2012. will then work to produce indexes of the 132 million people."

Thursday, May 19, 2011

Attention: Liberator Veterans!

There is a post on Dick Eastman's Genealogy Blog this morning that might appeal to WW2 Liberator Veterans.

The Collings Foundation is producing The Last Liberator for a TV series in June.  They would like to interview B-24 or B-17 crewmembers.  If you are interested in participating, please send a short biography and picture to Hunter Chaney at .

The Collings Foundation publishes a newsletter called the Mission Briefing.

Civil War Records at FamilySearch

FamilySearch commemorates the 150th anniversary of the Civil War by providing free access to millions of records from the time of the U.S. Civil War. Many of these records document events related to the war and its aftermath.

More collections are being added, and FamilySearch needs the support of the community to help index these records and make them available for searching. They encourage everyone to help them index Civil War Records.

Friday, May 13, 2011

German Immigration

The DANK Haus German American Cultural Center and Museum currently has an exhibit entitled Hamburg Emigration Port: A Visual Story of German Emigration..
Between 1850 and 1939, more than five million European emigrants left their homelands via the Port of Hamburg.  They came from Central and Eastern Europe, as well as Germany.   This exhibit reflects the complicated patterns of immigration in the nineteenth century.

The DANK Haus is located at 4740 N. Western Ave., Chicago, IL. 60625.   It is open on Saturdays between 11:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m.  Admission is free.  For more information call (773) 561-9181.

Ireland Genealogy

Irish genealogical research is hindered by the lack of complete census information prior to1901.

Ireland Genealogy is a database of Irish pension record spplications, which contain essential information from the 1841 and 1851 censuses for the whole of Ireland.

Records that might pertain to your family can be ordered online.

Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Software Programs Panel

Software Programs Panel: Saturday, May 14, 1 pm

NSGS members Barbara Bennett, Bob Bremer, Barbara Garrison, Fran Kinney and Jane Lahey will discuss the pros and cons of four popular programs: Family Tree Maker, Reunion (for the Mac), Personal Ancestral File (PAF) and later versions; and Brother’s Keeper.

Meetings are at the Northbrook History Museum
1776 Walters Drive
Northbrook IL 60062

The North Suburban Genealogical Society
Winnetka Public Library
768 Oak Street
Winnetka, IL 60093
847-446-7220 ext. Genealogy

Tuesday, May 10, 2011

"Did You Really Start With Yourself?"

Read Did You Really Start With Yourself? a wonderful article that illustrates the correct foundation for your research, by genealogist William Dollarhide at the Genealogy Pointers Archives.
The Archives include the text of Genealogy Pointers e-newsletters, which are available weekly to subscribers of the free newsletter from Each issue contains an informative article about some aspect of genealogy, written by a well-known expert..  Mr. Dollarhide's article is in the May 10 newsletter.

Monday, May 9, 2011

Judith R. Frazin: Beginners' Workshop

Special meeting of the Jewish Genealogical Society of Illinois:

Sunday - MAY 15th
1:30 P.M. at Northbrook Public Library
1201 Cedar Lane in Northbrook

Beginners' Workshop presented by Judith R. Frazin
This presentation will help you to get started researching your family. It will focus on the steps in doing a family history and will discuss the records which are available, where you can find them and what information they contain.

Monday, May 2, 2011

Black Loyalist

Black Loyalist is an interesting, well-designed website that may help people researching their African-American family history.  It provides biographical data for individuals who ran away to join the British during the American Revolution and were evacuated as free people in 1783.

The project emerged from the research of Cassandra Pybus for her book Epic Journeys of Freedom: Runaway Slaves of the American Revolution and Their Global Quest for Liberty .
The Sources page links to transcripts and where possible actual digitized copies of sources that are featured on the site.