Wednesday, May 1, 2019

Census Records Class

Discover tips and tricks to finding and using census records on Tuesday, May 7 at 10 AM. We'll discuss the history of the US census and how these documents can give you some amazing clues about your family.

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

Monday, April 22, 2019

Glenview History Center May Luncheon

The Glenview History Center is hosting its annual spring luncheon on Saturday, May 11 at the Chateau Ritz.

Enjoy a 1950s fashion show and enter the raffle to win prizes donated by local businesses.

All proceeds go to support the Glenview History Center and to help keep local history thriving in Glenview!

RSVP by May 1. Contact the History Center with any questions.

Tuesday, April 16, 2019

Getting Started with

Need help navigating Then join us this Thursday at 2 PM as we learn the basics of the most popular genealogy database in the world.

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

Monday, April 8, 2019

Finding the Answers: World War II Online

Most people begin research for their World War II service member online. While most of the records you need to reconstruct service history are not available online, you can still find clues and contextual information to add to your soldier’s story.

Join us Saturday, April 13 at 1 PM when Jennifer Holik will answer some common questions about WWII online research. Come learn how to:

  • Research and Fold3
  • Use online information to fine offline resources
  • Connect with other researchers or European grave adopters 
  • Locate information using social media

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

Presented in partnership with the North Suburban Genealogical Society.

Wednesday, April 3, 2019

AncestryDNA ThruLines

In late February, announced new features: MyTreeTags, improved DNA Matches and ThruLines.

ThruLines is the most exciting addition to AncestryDNA results. ThruLines makes it easier to discover how you're connected to your DNA matches by finding shared ancestors in your family trees.

The following video from Ancestry demonstrates how this works.

Also note that ThruLines is currently available to DNA testers without an Ancestry subscription for a limited time!

Tuesday, March 26, 2019

Family History Activities

The FamilySearch website offers new ideas, templates, and interactive activities for families and all ages.

The "In-Home Activities" module has projects for kids and families to explore their heritage and traditions. Activities include creating time capsules, discovering family records, making a journal or scrapbook, and playing family trivia games. Other projects involve identifying and thinking about ancestors' lives in different ways that appeal to children. 

FamilySearch also includes online programs that help you upload and manipulate photos of yourself and your ancestors or find prompts to tell and record your family's history.

Wednesday, March 20, 2019

Map Guides to German Parish Registers

Map Guides to German Parish Registers by Kevan M. Hansen makes locating records in Germany easier.

Before researching in Europe, you need to know where records are kept. For Germany, religious institutions recorded births, marriages, and deaths and kept this information in parish register books or local church archives. You need to identify your ancestor's parish before you can search for these vital records. 

Hansen's guide provides maps showing Catholic and Lutheran parish jurisdictions for towns in a specific region. Find your ancestor's town of origin on the map to discover their local parish.

FamilySearch has microfilmed most German parish registers and Hansen helpfully gives the FamilySearch microfilm number for each parish. Search for that number in FamilySearch's catalog to locate digital or physical copies of the microfilm.

Map Guides to German Parish Registers includes parish maps for Catholic and Lutheran Churches but also provides information on locating Reformed Church and Jewish records for the region--and includes the FamilySearch microfilm number for these records too.

The Genealogy & Local History Room has guides to parishes in the following locations:

Grandduchy of Hessen
Grandduchy of Baden
Mecklenberg, Granduchies of Schwerin and Strelitz
Province of Schleswig-Holstein - Kingdom of Prussia and Grandduchy of Oldenburg
Kingdom of Bavaria - Schwaben

Thursday, March 14, 2019

Free Irish Records on FindMyPast

FindMyPast is one of the best online resources for British and Irish records. You need a subscription to access its collections but they do make a few records available for free.

One free collection is Ireland Roman Catholic Parish Baptisms. Create a free account with FindMyPast and you can search and view these Baptismal records without a subscription.

These records will tell you birth and baptism dates, parents' names, and information on the Parish and Diocese. Note that the records are written in Latin but FindMyPast gives you a handy guide Latin phrases.

This collection is made available from the National Library of Ireland. Most of the records date from the 1850s onward but you may find a few older records as well. 

For more free(ish) online Irish genealogy, try, RootsIreland, and the National Archives of Ireland.

Wednesday, March 6, 2019

FamilySearch Class

Join us this Thursday at 2 PM to learn how to navigate We'll cover the basics of how to search the database but we'll also dig into the extensive digital collections found in FamilySearch's catalog.

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

Wednesday, February 13, 2019


Join us Tuesday, February 19 at 2 PM to learn how to navigate AncestryDNA. Discover the basics of DNA testing and how to use your results to grow your family tree.

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

Thursday, January 31, 2019

White Like Her

On Saturday, February 9, local author Gail Lukasik will be here to share her personal and genealogical journey to uncover her mother’s racial heritage.

After her appearance on PBS’ Genealogy Roadshow where her mother’s life changing secret was revealed, Gail was inspired to write White Like Her. The book is the story of her mother’s “passing” for white, her struggle with the shame of mother’s choice, and her subsequent journey of self-discovery and redemption. In the historical context of the Jim Crow South, Gail explores her mother’s decision to pass, how she hid her secret even from her husband, and the price she paid for choosing whiteness.

Haunted by her mother’s fear and shame, Gail embarked on a quest to uncover her racial lineage, tracing the Frederic family back to 18th century colonial Louisiana. In coming to terms with her decision to publicly “out” her mother, Gail changed how she looks at race, racial identity, and her black heritage.

Register online or call the Reference Desk at 847-729-7500. This program is presented in partnership with the North Suburban Genealogical Society.

Wednesday, January 23, 2019

American AncesTrees by NEHGS

The New England Historic Genealogical Society launched a new family tree making service called American AncesTREES.

Create your own family tree for free through the NEHGS website. Import a GEDCOM file or start
your tree from scratch.

The site also allows users to add media and import DNA data. One of the nicer features of the site is the ability to easily create research logs, to-do lists, and notes. There are also apps that clip info from website to add to your tree.

NEHGS provides "hints" for your ancestors from sources in FamilySearch, FindMyPast, American Ancestors, RootsPoint, Newspaper Archive, as well as from other online family tree sites. They also offer "warnings" if information in your tree looks contradictory or incorrect. 

To find out more about American AncesTREES, sign up for this free webinar!

Thursday, January 17, 2019

Puerto Rican Genealogy

Here are a few tips to keep in mind while searching for Puerto Rican ancestors.

Puerto Rico became a US Territory in 1898 as a result of the Spanish-American War. US Armed Forces began inhabiting the island during this period and you can find these service members listed in the 1900 US census.

In 1910, all residents of Puerto Rico began appearing in the US Census and you can find these records in Ancestry, HeritageQuest or FamilySearch. Keep in mind that Puerto Rican census records will be in Spanish.

Puerto Ricans born on or after April 25, 1898 were granted US Citizenship in 1917. Puerto Ricans born before 1898 may have naturalized and those records would be available at NARA.

The Spanish government in some Puerto Rican municipalities kept civil registrations of births, marriages, and deaths. Civil registration for the entire territory began in 1885 and these records contain a lot of important genealogical information. You can find Puerto Rican civil registration collections on Ancestry and FamilySearch.

When researching vital records before 1885, use Catholic Church records. FamilySearch has a collection of Puerto Rican Catholic Church records dating back to 1645.

For more information on Puerto Rican genealogy, visit the FamilySearch Research Wiki or watch one of FamilySearch's free webinars.

Monday, January 7, 2019

New FamilySearch Collections

FamilySearch is constantly adding new records to their online collections. FamilySearch now provides genealogists free access to over 8 billion record images! In 2018, these are the locations that had the most new records added:
Countries: US States:
To see what locations have new records added, from the Search page, click on "Browse all published collections."

Click on "Last Updated" under Historical Record Collections to arrange collections by date added/updated.