Thursday, August 16, 2012


Onondaga County Public Library Local History and Genealogy Databases is a wonderful resource for researching ancestors from west central New york state, near Syracuse.

It is possible to contact  the Library for help with your research.

A searchable Necrology goes back to the 1850s.  There are also obit clippings, WPA Files, and other unique rresources.  Additional databases must be used on site.


Sunday August 26, at Beth Israel in Skokie:

12:30: genealogical questions and help desk.
2:00 Program: Third Annual "Kvell and Tell"
"Ask the Experts"
If you have something to "Tell", please e-mail Program-Vice
President Abby Schmelling at .

Wednesday, August 15, 2012


At Genealogy Book Links, online family history books are listed alphabetically by surname.  In addition, on the home page are history books listed alphabetically by stste, county and town.

Thursday, August 9, 2012


CAGGNI (Computer Assisted Genealogy Group of Northern Illinois) is a group of amateur genealogists who are committed to using technology and the internet more effectively in support of their family history research activities.

CAGGNI meets at 10:30am on the third Saturday of every month except December usually at the Schaumburg Township District Library. Monthly meeting topics cover a broad range of subjects of interest in supporting genealogical activities including software, tools, techniques and methodologies. Additionally, monthly newsletters, support for both computer and genealogy issues and Internet surname exposure are among the benefits of membership.

Upcoming meeting topics include:
Saturday, August 11, 2012:  "The Master Genealogist - Special Interest Group," 10:30 AM - 12:30 p.m. at  Schaumburg Township District Library.  All level of users are welcome to join!
The Master Genealogist (TMG) software product is a very flexible and powerful package; many different techniques are possible when using this software. This interest group was formed to provide a forum in the Chicagoland area for TMG users to build their knowledge and share their experience with the product.

Saturday, August 18, 2012:  "Atlas of County Boundaries and,"  by Sandra Trapp and Kathy Kult. Come and learn how the Atlas of County Boundaries and can help you in your search for ancestors!

Saturday, September 15, 2012:  "The Genealogist's Electronic Toolbox," by John Stryker.  At the Schaumburg Twp. District Library.

Wednesday, August 8, 2012


Mike Karsen will present “Write Your Family History NOW” at the next meeting of the Northwest Suburban Council of Genealogists. The meeting will be held on Saturday, Sept 8, 2012 at 10:00 am at
The Arlington Heights Senior Center, 1801 W Central Rd, Arlington Heights, IL

At 9:30 am, prior to the presentation, there will be casual discussion and exchange of information with others who enjoy genealogy. No prior registration needed, and there is no fee.

The program will be in two parts. First Mike will explain how and why you should publish your family history and share it with your family. He will also explain how to organize your findings. In the second part members are asked to share their own written histories.

A professional speaker, Mike Karsen is a member of the Association of Professional Genealogists (APG), the Genealogical Speakers Guild (GSG), and is currently President of the Jewish Genealogical Society of Illinois. He speaks on family legacy topics locally and nationally, presents conference programs and has presented at Newberry Library and Spertus Institute of Jewish Studies in Chicago. Mike is the author of the JewishGen website "Guide to Jewish Genealogy in Chicagoland" and has published articles on genealogy. He holds an undergraduate degree in mathematics/computer science and a master's in operations research alongside 30 years in telecommunications management

Monday, August 6, 2012


There will be a meeting of the North Suburban Genealogical Society on Saturday, August 11, 2012, at 1:00 PM.

Erik Swanson will present "Loyalist, Foreign Protestants, and Canadians: Tracking Your Once or Future Ancestors North of the Border"

Meetings are held at the Northbrook Historical Society, 1776 Walters Avenue, Northbrook, Illinois.


For 13 years, Family Tree Magazine has published an annual list of the best websites for Family History.  This year there are 13 categories. 

Here is the list for 2012.


Can it really be true?

The Ancestry Insider has published an announcement about the completion of 1940 Census indexing.

FamilySearch has also published an announcement of their own.