Tuesday, October 23, 2012


The DAR Library has launched a new online pdf book series on researching ancestors in each of the original states during the period of the American Revolution. The first book is New York State, which is one of the most difficult states in which to do research for this period. South Carolina will be next.  At this point the Library is only selling online versions of the publication. Purchasers will receive a link to pdf of the book for downloading and use on a computer or laptop. They may print out a copy if they so desire, and libraries may do this as well. The New York book is 704 pages long.
The online store is at the following link:  http://members.dar.org/content/announcements/?ID=1634

Jewish Genealogical Society of Illinois Meeting October 2012

The first committee meeting for the JGSI one-day conference to be held Sunday, June 9th will take place
Thursday, November 1st at 7:00 P.M. in Morton Grove.

Contact Debbie Kroopkin, debbiekroopkin@gmail.com, if you can attend the meeting and/or wish to volunteer for conference planning committees.

JGSI 2012 Sunday MEETINGS:
- Sunday, November 4th
JGSI monthly meeting at Temple Beth Israel 12:30: Library, genealogical questions, and Internet help.
2:00 Program:
 Ellen Cassedy, author, translator, and playwright will speak about her newest book, "We are Here: Memories of the Lithuanian Holocaust." Cassedy, a former columnist for the "Philadelphia Daily News" and the author of two books for working women, has been exploring the world of the Lithuanian Holocaust for ten years. Her latest book began as a personal journey to connect with her Jewish forebears, but soon expanded into a larger quest, into how people in Lithuania -- Jews and non-Jews -- are engaging with theirNazi and Soviet pasts to move forward into the future.

Sunday, November 18th
JGSI monthly meeting at Temple Beth Israel, 12:30: Library, genealogical questions, and Internet help.
2:00 Program:
Expert genealogist Ginger Frere of the Newberry Library and ChicagoAncestors.org will speak on "New Tools for Finding Old Stuff."

- No December Meeting

Monthly Meetings are held at Temple Beth Israel (3601 W. Dempster Street in Skokie).

JGSI has recently added many wonderful new books and maps to the library.

More information about these programs and the Jewish Genealogical Society of Illinois can be found at www.jewishgen.org/jgsi .


The Beginner's Guide to Using Tax Lists
by Cornelius Carroll
929.1 CAR

This book is available for you to check out from the Glenview Library, and here is a brief review from www.genealogical.com with background about it:

"This guidebook is Cornelius Carroll's primer for making the best genealogical use of tax lists. At the outset, the author differentiates between tax lists, quit rents, tithables, militia lists, censuses, and similar records and the laws that applied to them. Then, by focusing on the tax lists of Virginia, North Carolina, Kentucky, and Tennessee, he demonstrates how tax lists can be used for determining parentage, birth and death dates, indentured servitude, slavery, manumission, and racial status. Mr. Carroll provides a number of sample tax lists in order to introduce researchers to the legal and other factors affecting the ages and classes of people who were taxable at any given time."

Thank you to www.genealogical.com


What is a private equity firm, and what does it do?
Is Ancestry.com being SOLD for $1.6 billion, or VALUED AT $1.6 billion?
Would you like to see a list of other companies owned by Premira?
Food for thought...and more from The Ancestry Insider


Here is more news about Ancestry.com, from Genealogyblog.

Monday, October 22, 2012


Don Long and Wayne Carle are two gentlemen with deep Glenview roots.  They will share tales and history with us about the origins of Northfield Oakwood and Immanuel Lutheran cemeteries, their Civil War connections,  and their effect on Glenview.

There are still openings in this interesting presentation.  A Glenview Library Card is not required for registration.

Refreshments will be served.

Please call (847) 729-7500 x7700 to register,

Ancestry.com To Be Sold to Investor Group Led By Permira For $1.6 Billion

Read the full article at Eastman's Online Genealogy Newwsletter



Northwest Suburban Council of Genealogists

Jacquie Schattner will present "Genealogy 101: From Seed to Tree" at the next meeting of the Northwest Suburban Council of Genealogists. The meeting will be held on Saturday, Nov 3, 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. No fee required.

If you are interested in researching your family's history, but have no idea where to begin, then this is the meeting for you. Come learn the first steps in genealogy research. With Jacquie Schattner's helpful hints, you will soon be able to take the knowledge of your ancestors from a seed to a tree.
Jacquie Krieps Schattner has pursued her family's genealogy since 1979, travelling to Europe several times to find information. She volunteered at the Schaumburg Family History Center for 15 years, helping others find their roots. Currently she volunteers at the Arlington Heights Memorial Library, specializing in French speaking countries and helping novices, including teaching a monthly Beginning Genealogy class. She also teaches an 8 week beginner’s course for District 214 Adult Education at Mt. Prospect High School. Jacquie and her husband Fred are 30 year residents of Palatine. They have three adult children and one grandson. Jacquie earned a BS degree in Business from the University of Illinois and works as a school secretary. She enjoys antiquing, sports, and helping others discover their family's past.

Thursday, October 11, 2012


North Suburban Genealogical Society
Annual Luncheon 
Saturday, November 10th,  2012          11:30 am
Daniel Burnham’s Chicago by Terry Lynch
Glenview Park District Golf Club, 800 Shermer Road, Glenview, IL
See attached flyer for registration information.  Registrations due Oct 27.

Thursday, October 4, 2012

Finding Grandma's European Ancestors

North Suburban Genealogical Society Meeting      

Saturday, October 13, 1:00 pm

Steve Szabados:

Finding Grandma’s European Ancestors

This popular speaker returns to tell about finding his grandmother’s birthplace in Poland.  The real focus will be on finding vital records in “the old country,” and tips for translating them.  This information will apply to most European backgrounds.  He will share resources that go beyond the traditional documents to enrich our understanding of our heritage.

Northbrook Historical Society, 1776 Walters Avenue, Northbrook IL 60062

PLEASE NOTE:  NSGS meeting is held in the basement of the Historical Society Museum. Entrance is on the left side of the building near the handicap ramp.