Thursday, December 30, 2010

Jewish Genealogical Society News

Sunday - January 30th:
Meeting of the Jewish Genealogical Society of Illinois (JGSI) at Temple Beth Israel
3601 W. Dempster Street in Skokie.

The temple will open at 12:30 p.m. for those interested in using library materials, have genealogical questions, or need help with website searches. The program, Ask the Experts, will begin at 2:00 p.m.

Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Naval Air Station Glenview

Naval Air Station Glenview (NASG) was in service from 1923 to 1995.

The NASG Museum (Glenview Hangar One) preserves the history of NASG. A true gem, with a unique collection of artifacts, the museum is located at 2040 Lehigh in Glenview. As you drive up Lehigh, here is the sign that indicates you have arrived at the Museum.

Friday, December 17, 2010

RootsTech Conference

Explore new technologies to improve and simplify your family history activities at RootsTech in Salt Lake City, February 10-12, 2011.

Highlights include: social networking, mobile devices, tools and equipment, handwriting recognition and automated transcription, GPS and geo-mapping, and search engine usage techniques.

Friday, December 10, 2010

Illinois Obit Finder

The Illinois Obit Finder lets you search for citations for obituaries that can be found in the Newspaper Microfilm Collection of the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library (ALPL).

The Illinois Obit Finder contains only those names that have been researched at the library. If you find someone’s name, the obituary is available through the ALPL. If you do not find a name it just means that no one has researched that particular name and recorded it.

Click here for a list of the Illinois newspaper titles on microfilm that are available through the ALPL.

If you find an obituary citation and you want a copy of the obituary, you can order a copy or borrow the microfilm on interlibrary loan. You can also contribute your obituary citations to the Illinois Obit Finder database.

The more names that are researched at the ALPL and contributed to the database. the more complete the Illinois Obit Finder will become!

Thursday, December 9, 2010

Kentucky Ancestors

If you have Kentucky ancestors, you might enjoy reading Kentucky Ancestors.

An Online Table of Contents tells you what is in every issue..

If a certain article appeals to you, you can read it online at the Kentucky Ancestors Archives...or borrow it through Interlibrary Loan...or see if it is in one of our Lundberg Collection copies of Kentucky Ancestors in the Genealogy & Local History Room.

Thursday, December 2, 2010

Volunteering in Our Genealogy & Local History Room

If you are knowledgeable about genealogy, and would like to help staff our Genealogy & Local History Room, please print and fill out the form and send it to the address provided. (Clicking on the form opens it to full size.)

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

The Peerage is a fascinating, ever-expanding database of the nobility and peerage of Britain and the royal families of Europe.

This website is a labor of love "by one (somewhat eccentric) person collecting information on the European royal families and on the British Peerage, and then entering it into a range of various genealogy programs."

It is possible to search by surname, and also to follow the links back through the generations by clicking on each ancestor.

There is also a Master Index, a Place Index, discussion group, and helpful FAQ. Click on "custom index" to sort the place names by country.

Contact the compiler, Darryl Lundy, via email or via the site's discussion group with any corrections and additional data.

Friday, November 26, 2010

Galician "Yellow Pages"

The Schematyzm Galicyjski [Galician Schematism] is a potential source of genealogical information, and can be browsed online.

The equivalent of today's Yellow Pages, the Schematyzm Galicyjski was published from 1782 to 1914. Every issue was arranged according to the administrative divisions in effect at that timel and includes an index containing the names of localities and surnames.

The Schematyzm Galicyjski is available on the website of the Malopolskie Genealogical Society, and was digitized from the collections of the Jagiellonian Library in Krakow.

[This information is from the Fall 2010 issue of Rodziny, the journal of the Polish Genealogical Society of America. p.3]

American Ancestors

Discover your family at American Ancestors, the website of the New England Historic Genealogical Society (NEHGS)

If you are at all interested in New England genealogy, NEHGS provides access to nearly 3,000 genealogical and historical collections in the form of online databases. This includes the entire run of their journal, the NEHG Register, which contains numerous excellent articles. Click the Explore tab for an array of resources.

Some items featured under the News tab is their Daily Genealogist blog and the Question of the Day, which are both interesting and informative.

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Get Ready For 1940 Census

The U.S. 1940 Census will be released in April 2012.

You can prepare by watching films that were used to train the census enumerators.

The 1940 Census is more extensive than any census before. It can be helpful to
know in advance what questions were asked.

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Genealogy Online, 9th ed.

new genealogy book:

Genealogy online / Elizabeth Powell Crowe -- 9th ed. -- McGraw Hill, c2011.
929.1 CRO

This book addresses the basics of beginning a genealogical project, selecting software, and connecting to the Internet.

It also talks about online etiquette, spam, scams, privacy, and copyright. There is a chapter on genealogy education programs and courses, both online and offline, as well as instructions for using chat, mailing lists, electronic newsletters, and newsgroups.

Major sites are introduced, including the Library of Congress, the National Archives and Records Administration, FamilySearch, Rootsweb,, and Ellis Island Online.

The author recommends accessing online library catalogs from home before traveling to a particular library. The chapter titled "Around the Web in 80 (or so) Sites" lists notable web sites.

The National Genealogical Society's Genealogical Standards, a description of the forms of electronic genealogical data, a glossary of online-related terms, and a list of emoticons conclude the book.

Mayflower Genealogical Resources

Your WWI Ancestor

The Great War : a guide to the service records of all the world's fighting men and volunteers / Christina K. Schaefer. -- Baltimore, Md. : Genealogical Pub. Co., c1998.

929.3 SCH and R929.3 SCH GENEALOGY

The Glenview Public Library owns this helpful book, recommended for people trying to locate World War I records for their ancestors.. Here is a description from the Genealogical Publishing Company of its many useful features:

"Anyone on the trail of a World War I service record is more likely to be successful if she/he is equipped with a roadmap to the records of that tragic conflict. And roadmap, indeed, is exactly what genealogist Christina K. Schaefer has created in her magnificent guidebook, The Great War: A Guide to the Service Records of All the World's Fighting Men and Volunteers.

Organized by country, The Great War provides at-a-glance information on the existence of records and how they can be accessed. Each chapter begins with an outline history of a given country's involvement in the conflict as it impacts on the records. The author then lists all extant record groups for that nation's army and navy. So, for example, we are provided with a list of every German army regiment, followed by another list of the capital ships and U-boats that served the Kaiser. The lengthy U.S. chapter lists the national repositories and then record holdings state by state. Each chapter concludes with a breakdown of that nation's military archives and their holdings and a bibliography of suggested further reading.

For researchers who can profit from a brushing-up on their World War I history, Mrs. Schaefer begins the book with a detailed timeline of events from 1914 to 1918. The volume concludes with a number of very useful features: (1) records pertaining to the aftermath of the war (e.g. service records of the Red Cross); (2) a table of the political changes ushered in by the war; and (3) a list of World War I sources available on the Internet at the time of the book's original publication in 1998."

Friday, November 19, 2010

Periodical Source Index

The Periodical Source Index (PERSI) published by the Allen County Public Library, is recognized as the most comprehensive index of genealogy and local history periodicals published since 1800. PERSI contains more than 2.2 million articles from more than 6,600 journals. In December 2010, an additional 164,000 new article citations will be added to PERSI.

You can search by people, places, how-to's, and periodical titles.

Many of the articles can be found in the Lundberg Periodicals in the Genealogy Room.

Use PERSI at the Heritage Quest Online database, available on the Glenview Public Library genealogy database page. Login using your Glenview Public Library card number.

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

St. Clair County Marriages

New in the Genealogy Room...

St. Clair Co. (Ill.) Marriages 1791-1845 / by Robert Buecher.

This index contains approximately 3,000 marriages, or 5,493 names of both spouses. Date of marriage appears under name of groom. People of color are indicated by "C."

Monday, November 15, 2010

Breaking Down a Brick Wall

Breaking Down a Brickwall: How I Found the Marriage Record of My Irish Great-Great Grandparents, presented by Nancy R. Thomas.

This case study explores how listening to family stories can lead your research from known facts to the unknown. Using newspapers, census records, church records, online indexes, and maps can result in the breaking down of a major brick wall.
Biographical info:

This program is sponsored by the Computer Assisted Genealogy Group of Northern Illinois (CAGGNI). It takes place at the Schaumburg Township District Library on 20 November 2010, Saturday, 10:30 AM.

Nancy R. Thomas is currently the President of the DuPage County Genealogical Society, a position she also held 29 years ago. A retired Professor/Reference Librarian at the College of DuPage, Nancy has been searching for her ancestors and her husband's for over 30 years. She recently published The Roeser Family: Ancestors and Descendants for a family reunion using Family Tree Maker 2010 software. A recent trip to the British Isles provided a chance to visit with a second cousin of her husband's, who lives in England, and exchange pedigree charts. Nancy and her husband have three daughters and four grandchildren

Libertyville (Then & Now)

You are cordially invited to the book signing of Libertyville (Then & Now) by Laura Hickey, along with two librarians from the Cook Memorial Public Library District, Arlene Lane and Sonia Schoenfield

Tuesday, November 23, 2010, 5-8 pm at Mickey Finn’s Amber Room, 412 N. Milwaukee Ave., Libertyville; Cash bar, appetizers provided.

If you’re purchasing the book at the event, it will be $25. (Includes book and donation to the Libertyville-Mundelein Historical Society.) If you’ve already purchased a copy and are bringing it in for autographs,there’s a suggested donation of $5 at the door.

Organizing Your Genealogy Records with Family Tree Maker

Jewish Genealogical Society of Illinois (JGSI) November meeting: Sunday, November 21, 2010, Temple Beth Israel - 3601 W. Dempster Street in Skokie 2:00

Program presented by former JGSI member, Franklin Mills: Tips, Tricks and Tools to Organizing Your Genealogy Records with Family Tree Maker, a Genealogy Software Program.

12:30: The temple will open to members interested in library materials, needing help with genealogical sites on the internet or having genealogical related questions. Ask genealogical related questions regarding your research into your family's history.

Friday, November 12, 2010

Online Genealogy Classes

Reserach Classes Online!
Do you enjoy learning about genealogy by watching a movie?

The following classes are provided online by the Family History Library in Salt Lake City, Utah and other sponsors. Learn the basic methods and key resources to start your family history:

England Beginning Research
Germany Research
Ireland Research
Italy Research
New Zealand Research
Poland Research
Principios básicos para la investigación genealógica en Hispanoamérica (México)
Reading Handwritten Records
Research Principles and Tools
Russia Research
U.S. Research

You can view the videos online, or download them to your computer for later. Class handouts are also available for you to print out.

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

German-English Genealogical Dictionary

German-English Genealogical Dictionary / by Ernest Thode. --
Genealogical Pub. Co., 1993, c1992.


Ernest Thode's Dictionary is designed for the family researcher who has little or no knowledge of German but who nevertheless needs to make a translation of German-language documents. The Dictionary covers thousands of German terms and defines them in single words or brief phrases. Among the many categories of entries included in the Dictionary are family relationships, days of the week, map terms, legal terms, cardinal and ordinal numbers, roman numerals, signs of the zodiac, coins, liquid and dry measures, measures of length, place names, historical territories, geographical terms, occupations, titles, military ranks, types of taxes, illnesses, calendar days, male and female given names, heraldry, abbreviations, books of the Bible, and common genealogical words from Danish, Dutch, French, Latin, and Polish. In conjunction with a standard German-English dictionary, the user of this work should be able to make a word-by-word translation of any German document and understand it.
(Thanks to Genealogical Pub. Co. for this description)

In Search of Your German Roots

Here is a wonderful resource to help with German family research, owned by the Library and published by Genealogical Pub. Co.

In Search of Your German Roots. Fourth Edition, 4th ed. Updated [2008] by Angus Baxter.
929.1072 BAX

This guide is designed to help you trace your German ancestry not only in Germany but in all the German-speaking areas of Europe. First, it discusses the LDS Church's International Genealogical Index (IGI), which contains hundreds of thousands of entries from German parish registers. Then the narrative takes the reader back to the old country, where sources and archives are discussed in detail, especially Evangelical and Catholic Church records and records of state and city archives. Finally, Mr. Baxter presents a list of family archives, a list of genealogical associations in Germany, a list of German genealogical associations in the U.S., and a bibliography. The 2008 update to the fourth edition includes many websites for these records.
(Thanks to Genealogical Pub. Co. for the use of this description.)

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

National Genealogical Society: Annual Conference

The National Genealogical Society (NGS) 2011 Family History Conference will be held in Charleston, South Carolina from 11-14 May 2011.

This is one of the best, most educational conferences available. Plan to attend, if possible!

Tuesday, November 2, 2010

Midwest Melting Pot

The Lake County (IL) Genealogical Society presents its 18th annual workshop Midwest Melting Pot and More, featuring D. Josh Taylor, genealogist from the TV series Who Do You Think You Are? and Dan Niemiec, Italian genealogy correspondent of Fra Noi and founder of POINTers In Person.

Saturday, November 13, 2010 at 2007 Civic Center Way, Round Lake Beach, IL.

Call (847) 201-9032 for information. Registration and browsing at 8 a.m., and programs 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

Finding Grandma's Ancestors

The Polish Genealogical Society of America (PGSA) will meet in the Social Hall of the Polish Museum, 984 N. Milwaukee Ave., Chicago, IL on Sunday, November 14 at 2:00 p.m.

Are you having trouble finding records in the "old country?" Steve Szabados will discuss methods for Finding Grandma's Ancestors.

Steve is a member of the Czech and Slovak American Genealogy Society of IL (CSAGSI), PGSA, and the National Genealogical Society (NGS); and will also share some resources that go beyond the traditional documents.

Time will be reserved to solve personal genealogical problems.

A Board meeting will be held at 12:00 noon.

Friday, October 29, 2010

Finding Ancestral Origins

Workshop at the National Archives at Chicago, November 13:

They Became American: Finding Ancestral Origins

Taught by renowned author and genealogist, Loretto Szucs, They Became American: Finding Ancestral Origins will discuss methods and resources to help you find more precise information on your ancestors' origins.

This workshop will be held on Saturday, November 13, 2010 from 9:30 AM - 11:00 AM at the facility near Ford City Mall and Midway Airport, 7358 S. Pulaski Rd, Chicago, approximately one block west of South Pulaski Rd on West 75th St.

Please note there is a $10 fee for this workshop. This can be paid at the door.

To register, send your name, e-mail address, phone number, and mailing address to Kris Maldre, Education Specialist at or fax to 773-948-9050. If you have further questions, please call 773-948-9010.

Thursday, October 28, 2010

German Farm Names

November 16, 2010, 7:30 p.m.: He Took Her Name: Understanding German Farm Names.

Teresa Steinkamp McMillin will present the program of the Northwest Suburban Council of
to be held on November 16, 2010 at Forest View Educational Center, Room 100,
2121 S. Goebbert Road, Arlington Heights, Illinois. Program starts at 7:30 p.m.

In certain geographic areas of Germany, the custom of German farm names has been in
existence since about 1000 a.d. In this custom, a farm carried the surname and anyone who
inherited that farm assumed its name as his surname. Usually, this was a son of the farmer,
but if only a daughter existed, her husband would need to change his surname to hers. This
lecture explains some of the common pitfalls a researcher may encounter when researching in
one of these areas and how to overcome them.

Teresa Steinkamp McMillin, is a professional genealogist who specializes in German and
Midwest American research, as well as in reading German script. She has been interested in
genealogy since she was a child and has been actively researching her own German ancestry for
the past nine years, as well as her husband's Chicago Irish ancestry. Teresa has attended the Institute of Genealogy and Historical Research and has taken college-level German courses. She was the 2007 recipient of the National Genealogical Society's Home Study Course, which she has completed. Teresa is a member of the Association of Professional Genealogists, the National Genealogical Society, and many local genealogical societies. She is the webmaster for
the Northwest Suburban Council of Genealogists.

Arrive at 7:00 PM, a half hour before the meeting, to join in an open discussion, or meet with members and share your research or experiences.

For more information, please visit our website at

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Genealogy Center Website

The Allen County Public Library (ACPL) Genealogy Center now has its own website.

The ACPL serves not only the Indiana community, but also the genealogical community at large. They have one of the largest research collections available, incorporating records from around the world. Their staff specializes in genealogy and is always available to help.

This is an excellent place for beginning genealogists to get started. They offer databases, ways to order articles from PERSI, a newsletter, an online catalog, a blog, the WeRelate Wiki, and other services for family history researchers.

A video helps you plan a visit to The Genealogy Center.

Thursday, September 30, 2010

Genealogy at the New Library

The new Glenview Public Library will officially open on Saturday, October 9, at 1 pm, with a Ribbon Cutting Ceremony.

Please visit our beautiful, new Genealogy and Local History Room, which is located on the 2nd floor, northwest corner. This room will be open from 1-5 p.m. on Saturday, October 9.

Cemetery Research

Craig Pfannkuche will present Dates From The Stones: Cemetery Research at the next meeting of the Northwest Suburban Council of Genealogists to be held on October 19, 2010 at Forest View Educational Center, Room 100, 2121 S. Goebbert Road, Arlington Heights, Illinois.

Craig will share with you that cemeteries are outstanding places to find good family history information. After doing a bit of homework prior to a trip, one should not stop only to visit the cemetery office. Wandering out among the stones can bring valuable family information not contained on the office “plot card.” The art on stones can tell us a lot; there may even be family photographs on the stones.

Craig Pfannkuche is president of Memory Trail Research, Inc. and is the genealogical archivist of the Chicago and Northwestern Railroad Historical Society. He serves on the Boards of the McHenry County Illinois Genealogical Society and the Chicago Genealogical Society, and is listed as a railroad resource person in the book, The Source. Craig is a former American History instructor. He holds both Bachelor of Arts and Master of Arts degrees from Northern Illinois University

He is a lively and popular speaker at workshops and conferences and has published many articles. A recent article “Amboy’s (Illinois) Railroad Baron” appears in the Amboy Depot Museum Journal, Winter 2009.

Northwest Suburban Council of GenealogistsP.O. Box 148 ● Mount Prospect, Illinois, 60056

Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Class On Immigration

They Became American: Finding Ancestral Origins
Saturday, November 13, 2010 : 9:30 AM – 11:00 AM
National Archives At Chicago 7358 S Pulaski Rd., Chicago, IL 60629-5834 (773) 948-9000

Critical clues may be found in naturalization records, a photograph, in an archive or even in someone‟s attic. Renowned author and genealogist, Loretto Szucs, will focus on some fascinating sources for finding more precise information on your ancestors‟ origins in this workshop.

Beginning Genealogy Workshop

Jewish Genealogical Society of Illinois (JGSI) P. O. Box 515, Northbrook, IL

BEGINNERS' WORKSHOP - led by Judith R. Frazin SUNDAY OCTOBER 17, 2010 1:30 P.M. Wilmette Public Library, 1242 Wilmette Avenue - Wilmette.

This workshop is not only for beginners. Some of the information presented can be useful to experienced researchers as well. Whatever your level of research expertise, join JGSI for this informative presentation!

JGSI OCTOBER MEETING, Sunday October 24, 2010, 12:30. Temple Beth Israel - 3601 W. Dempster Street in Skokie 2:00 PROGRAM presented by Executive Vice President, Robin Seidenberg To Tell or Not to Tell: Should the Family Skeleton Stay in the Closet? How much should you reveal when publishing research on your family?

The temple will open to members interested in library materials, needing help with genealogical sites on the internet or having genealogical related questions. We invite you to ask genealogical related questions regarding your research into your family's history.

Friday, September 24, 2010

Genealogy For Kids

Do you want to help your children or grandchildren get interested in their family history?

Family Tree Kids makes genealogy fun. Here, kids can download family tree forms and fill them out. A Family Detective page tells them how to gather the clues they need. The Junior Toolkit page has information about some great genealogy books for kids. There are also ideas for fun genealogy games and activities.

Monday, September 20, 2010

NSGS Meeting October 9

The North Suburban Genealogical Society invites you to its October program featuring Judy Hughes.

With the use of an Emmy-Award Winning Video, Judy will tell of the significant role Northbrook played in rebuilding Chicago after the Chicago Fire, as well as the importance of understanding local histories as part of your genealogical research.

Judy is president of the Northbrook Historical Society, and appears in the video. You are invited to tour the Northbrook Society Museum before and after the presentation.

Date: October 9, 2010
Time: 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.
Where: Northbrook Historical Society 1776 Walter Ave. Northbrook, IL 60062
Subject: Northbrook and the Importance of Local Histories by Judy Hughes
Contact: Jim Boyle 847 401 2579 or NSGS at

Open to anyone interested in genealogical research. Free Admission

Friday, September 10, 2010

Wiki Tree

I just found out about WikiTree, a worldwide family tree wiki that sounds like a great way to share and preserve your family history research.

WikiTree is a free and collaborative project started in 2008. Its content is edited and owned by contributors. You can add people to your family tree one at a time, or upload your Gedcom and add many at once.

WikiTree lets you instantly add yourself and people in your family tree. You can share pages with select family and friends, or the entire world. You can also collaborate with others to add facts, memories, and photos. People are linked in the worldwide "wiki" family tree but you control the access to each individual you add.

Friday, September 3, 2010

World Names

In what locations throughout the world does your surname occur? to which countries did your ancestors emigrate and settle down?

Search for a surname to view its map and statistics on PublicProfiler/WorldNames.

Once you know where those surnames occur, you have more options for tracing your heritage.

Type a surname into the search box, and click the search button (it doesnot work as well if you press the enter button.) The color coded map will inidcate location of greatest occurrence; and if you click on that location, you will see an expanded map showing name distribution in greater detail.

Phonebooks for those countries, or social networking genealogy websites, will put you in touch with your distant cousins.

Thursday, September 2, 2010

Upcoming Genealogy Workshop at the National Archives at Chicago

Genealogy Workshop: They Became American: Finding Ancestral Origins

Critical clues may be found in a naturalization records, a photograph,in an archive or even in someone*s attic. Renowned author and genealogist, Loretto Szucs, will focus on some fascinating sources for finding more precise information on your ancestors' origins in this workshop.

Date: Saturday, November 13
Time: 9:00 -10:30 AM
Cost: $10.00 - payable at door

To register and reserve your place at this workshop, please send your name, mailing address, phone number, and e-mail address to They will confirm receipt of your registration via e-mail. If you have questions call 773-948-9010.

Visit the National Archives at Chicago's Facebook Page for event updates, highlights from their holdings, and rapid newsstories, become their fan on Facebook.

The National Archives at Chicago is at 7358 South Pulaski Road, Chicago, approximately 2 * miles southeast of Midway Airport. Theentrance is located one block west on 75th Street.

Monday, August 30, 2010

Family History Research in Illinois & Wisconsin

Maureen Brady will present Family History Research in Illinois & Wisconsin at the next meeting the Northwest Suburban Council of Genealogists , Tuesday, September 21, 2010 at 7:30 p.m. at Forest View Educational Center, Room 100, 2121 S. Goebbert Road, Arlington Heights, Illinois.

The families that came to Illinois and Wisconsin were from varied ethnic backgrounds and created a diverse landscape of urban and rural environments. The records created by and about them reflect that variety, both in type and availability. This presentation will first examine the similarities between Illinois and Wisconsin family history resources, and then look at the unique records of each state, including ethnic, religious, and governmental archives and repositories. The discussion will also include a brief review of the history of this part of the “Old northwest” and how that history has impacted the records which were created.

A former school librarian and computer educator, Maureen Brady has over 25 years experience with family history research and is a professional genealogist and owner of Bare Roots Genealogical Services. She has made numerous presentations to Illinois and Wisconsin genealogical societies, libraries, conferences, and workshops, as well as presenting at the 2002 National Genealogical Society Conference. Ms. Brady is co-director of the Crystal Lake (Illinois) Family History Center and is a member of many genealogical and family history societies in the U.S. and Scotland.

Northwest Suburban Council of Genealogists
P.O. Box 148 ● Mount Prospect, Illinois, 60056

Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Making Sense of the Census

The North Suburban Genealogical Society invites you to its September program featuring Jeffrey Bockman and his presentation on reading and understanding censuses.

Mr. Bockman will emphasize the 1930 census, and what to expect in the 1940 census. Most importantly, he will show how to read and understand the census for your genealogical research.

Mr. Bockman is a frequent lecturer on genealogy and is a writer of genealogical articles. He was VP of the Illinois State Genealogical Society and President of the DuPage County Genealogical Society.
Date: September 11, 2010
Time: 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.
Where: Northbrook Historical Society 1776 Walter Ave. Northbrook, IL 60062
Subject: Making Sense of the Census by Jeffrey Bockman
Contact: Jim Boyle 847 401 2579 or NSGS at

Open to anyone interested in genealogical research. Free Admission

Monday, August 23, 2010

Griffith's Valuation

The Primary Valuation was the first full-scale survey of property-occupiers and a valuation of property in Ireland. It was overseen by Sir Richard Griffith and published between 1847 and 1864. It is one of the most important surviving 19th century Irish genealogical sources because it records every landowner and lists almost every head of household for each county in Ireland in a period shortly after the famine.

The following information is given: The townland address and householders name; the name of the person from whom the property is leased; a description of the property; the acreage and the valuation. In cases where there are many identical names in an area, they are usually distinguished by name of father or color of hair being shown in parentheses.

See Griffith's Valuation on the Ask About Ireland website.

Saturday, August 21, 2010

Family History Lesson Series

Several short lessons covering a variety of Family History topics are available for download on the Family History Lesson Series Page of FamilySearch.

The lessons may be used as self-study guides or as class supplements for Family History instructors.

Friday, August 20, 2010

Browse the FamilySearch Record Collections

Do you want to search within a single collection of records in FamilySearch?

Here is a list of record collections for 447 regions. Click on a specific collection to search within it.

For each collection, there is a brief description, and an About This Collection link that provides detailed background such as the time period of this record, its history, why it was created, its reliability, a description, record content, coverage table, how to use it, related websites and wiki articles, sources, and citations for an image or index published in FamilySearch Collections.

Millions of new records have been added. Keep checking back!

Wednesday, August 18, 2010

FamilySearch Wiki

Do you remember the printed handouts you used to get at the Family History Center that contained state research outlines?

The FamilySearch Wiki has replaced them with the United States Research Wiki Page.

It separates the information into topics for ease of use and printing. Web links make it quick and easy to move from topic to topic.

Scroll down to the map of the U.S. and click on a state you want to explore. Here is the page for Illinois.

More research topics are along the left.

CAGG-NI Meeting: August 21

The Computer Assisted Genealogy Group of Northern Illinois (CAGGNI) meeting will take place at 10:30 Sat. Aug. 21, 2010, at the Schaumburg Township District Library, on the SW corner of Roselle and Schaumburg Roads, next to Dominick's.

Mike Karsen will present Liven Up your Family History with Images. While family histories contain phenomenal research with every event documented and sourced with precision, few persons are interested in reading them. Images are needed to bring grandparents and great grandparents to life. Mike's presentation shows how to liven up your family history with images of people, places, and events to keep readers turning pages.

For more information, contact Bill McGovern, Promotions Chair:

Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Jewish Genealogical Society of Illinois

Upcoming events of the Jewish Genealogical Society of Illinois (JGSI)

Sunday, August 29, 2010, 2:00 p.m.*
Topic: Kvell with us on your genealogy breakthroughs.
This program will be an information sharing session where member researchers will have the opportunity to report on significant discoveries they have made in their family research and how they were able to achieve these successes, with input from our Ask the Experts panel as well. Bring a success story with you and briefly tell us about it.
Location: Temple Beth Israel
3601 W. Dempster Street, Skokie

Sunday, October 17, 2009, 1:30 p.m.Topic: Beginner's Workshop
Presented by Judith R. Frazin
Location: Wilmette Public Library
1242 Wilmette Avenue, Wilmette

Sunday, October 24, 2010, 2 p.m.*
Topic: To Tell or Not to Tell: Should the Family Skeleton Stay in the Closet?
How much should you reveal when publishing research on your family? This program is presented by Robin Seidenberg, Executive Vice President of JGSI
Location: Temple Beth Israel
3601 W. Dempster Street, Skokie

Sunday, November 21, 2010, 2 p.m.*Topic: TBA
Location: Temple Beth Israel
3601 W. Dempster Street, Skokie
*Note: For regular meetings at Temple Beth Israel, the facilities will be open at 12:30 p.m. to accommodate members who want to use our library materials, need help with genealogical Web sites on the Internet, or have genealogical related questions.

Monday, August 16, 2010

Korean Genealogy Online

The Paik Inje Memorial Library of Inje University has introduced a Digital Genealogy Library. The genealogical materials have been collected by the library since 2007 in an effort to preserve Korea’s ethnic history. In association with Family Search, the library has digitalized hundreds of records and created the Digital Genealogy Library to allow users to search for their genealogical records.

Currently about 500 genealogy e-books are available online, which include Gimhae Kim and Gimhae Heo clans, which are representative regional families in Korea.

(This announcement was in today's edition of Eastman's Online Genealogy Newsletter, where you can read more details.)

Tuesday, August 3, 2010

Civil War Military Records

The North Suburban Genealogical Society invites you to hear Jerry Allen speak on finding your Civil War Ancestor: what military records are available and where to find them.

Jerry Allen is a member of the Northern Illinois Civil War Round Table. He will discuss his experiences at the National Archives and historic battlefields. Both Union and Confederate records will be discussed.

Date: August 14, 2010
Time: 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.
Where: Northbrook Historical Society 1776 Walter Ave. Northbrook, IL 60062
Subject: Tracing Your Civil War Ancestors by Jerry Allen

Contact: Jim Boyle 847 401 2579 or NSGS at
Open to anyone interested in genealogical research. Free Admission

Monday, August 2, 2010

Social Security Administration and Genealogy

You may be familiar with the Social Security Death Index (SSDI) available through, Ancestry Library Edition, Rootsweb, and GenealogyBank.

These services can generate a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) form that you print and mail to the Social Security Administration (SSA) with a check for a copy of your ancestor's Social Security Number (SSN) application, with its valuable genealogical content.

But did you know you can also order these records online, using a credit card, and reciive them much more quickly?

The SSA can help you with various kinds of genealogical research. The form is still an option; but you do not have to use it. It is easier to make your request online using an eFOIA Request.

Tuesday, July 27, 2010

German Research Tools

The Library owns the following two books, which are indispensable to German genealogical research, and were recently reviewed by The Genealogical Publishing Co. in its newsletter, Genealogy Pointers:

Ancestors in German Archives R929.343 ANC GENEALOGY

Meyers Orts- und Verkehrs-Lexikon des Deutschen Reichs R914.3003 MEY GENEALOGY v. 1-3

The key to German genealogical research is to locate birth, marriage, death, and immigration records. The Brigham Young University German Immigrant Ancestors Project identified records in more than 2,000 German archives for emigrants, and created Internet-accessible databases describing their birthplaces, occupations, spouses, and children. Ancestors in German Archives is the result of this project.

It describes each archive in terms of its jurisdictions, records, and services. Vital records, religious records, military records, emigration records, passport records, censuses, and town and county records are included, along with guides or inventories to the collections.

To determine which archives today have jurisdiction over the records that were created by church or state institutions, use the Locality Inde to identify every town with an archive, no matter what kind.

Meyers Orts- und Verkehrs-Lexikon des Deutschen Reichs was published at the peak of German immigration to the United States. Serious German research begins with this massive gazetteer, which describes approximately 210,000 cities, towns, hamlets, and dwelling places in the German Empire prior to World War I. The facts presented about these localities enable researchers to determine the whereabouts of civil, religious, court, and military records.

Saturday, July 24, 2010

Great Lakes Archives, 2nd Saturday

Upcoming "Second Saturday" Research Hours: Saturday, August 14, and Saturday, September 11.

In addition to the National Archives at Chicago's regular hours of 8:00 AM to 4:15 PM, Monday through Friday, the Regional Archives in Chicago is also open to the public the second Saturday of every month from 8:00 AM to 4:15 PM.

Researchers interested in using original historical records or microfilm held by the Regional Archives are encouraged to contact a reference archivist ahead of time by phone (773-948-9001) or email ).

For event updates, highlights from our holdings, and rapid news stories, become a fan on Facebook. They are listed under National Archives at Chicago.

Friday, July 23, 2010

Naturalization: Its History and Records

The Polish Genealogical Society of America (PGSA) will meet in the Social Hall of the Polish Museum on Sunday, August 8, 2010 at 2:00 pm.

The speaker will be Kathryn Barrett, a genealogy researcher, teacher, and lecturer with 35 years of genealogy experience. Her topic will be Naturalization: Its History and Records. Ms. Barrett has been a volunteer at NARA for more than 15 years and is a professional member of the National Genealogical Society, the Federation of Genealogical Societies, and the Wisconsin State Historical Society.

Time will be reserved to solve personal genealogical problems.

Plan now to attend the PGSA Conference on October 1 and 2, 2010.

Friday, July 16, 2010

Genealogy Saturdays

Are you researching ancestors from Poland? do you want some hands-on guidance in a place brimming with amazing genealogical resources?

Genealogy Saturdays take place the 3rd Saturday of each month, from 10 to 1p.m., at the library of the Polish Museum of America. 984 N. Milwaukee Ave. in Chicago.

Knowledgeable members of the Polish Genealogical Society of America help you start your research, or find solutions when you are really stuck.


Have you exhausted all resources for locating the document you need? Is a trip to the land of your ancestors out of the question? Has their national or regional archive not yet created an easy-to-use website for orderng records?

Genlighten is a website for obtaining documents from remote repositories. It connects you with local researchers who can find what you need.

When you search their record offerings, the kinds of documents and the cost of lookups are clearly labeled. Credentials and ratings are available for the researchers you hire. Set up a free account in order to purchase records.

CAGGNI Meeting

You are invited to the Computer-Assisted Genealogy Group of Northern Illinois (CAGGNI) this Saturday July 17th , 10:30 AM at the Schaumburg Library on the SW corner of Roselle and Schaumburg Roads next to Dominic's.

Past President Everett Butler and current Vice President Byron Atkinson will present Copying and Scanning Documents and Photos. They will cover various methods of copying documents and photos, and present a basic overview of how to correct various problems such as coffee stains.

Join them to hear helpful hints about this very useful topic.
For additional information, go to our web site,

If you have questions, contact Bill McGovern, Promotions Chair, at

Thursday, July 15, 2010

Atlas of Historical County Boundaries

The Atlas of Historical County Boundaries provides interactive maps of all states, for the benefit of researchers in the areas of history, demography, economics, genealogy, geography, law, and politics.

Friday, July 9, 2010

German Roots

The German Roots web site contains internet resources and research information for Americans of German descent researching their family history.

Tuesday, July 6, 2010

Civil War Veterans Database

Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War preserves the memory of the Grand Army of the Republic. It includes a searchable Grave Database.

On the project home page, you can create an account in order to contribute information to the database.

Friday, July 2, 2010

Sons of the Revolution in the State of Illinois

Sons of the Revolution in the State of Illinois is a hereditary society which you may join if you are a man who can documented his lineage to a revolutionary soldier.

The Glenview Public Library owns a copy of Revolutionary Lineages: Everyname Index to the Registrar's Records at R929.3773 SON in the Reference Genealogy Collection.

Friday, June 25, 2010

Jewish Genealogical Society Meeting

Jewish Genealogical Society of Illinois (JGSI)
Next Meeting will be held on SUNDAY JULY 25
Temple Beth Israel - 3601 W. Dempster Street in Skokie.

TEVYE, the 1939 full-length Yiddish (with subtitles) film from the National Center for Jewish Film will be shown. This is a less sentimental version of Shalom Aleichem's story than Fiddler on the Roof.

12:30 The temple will open to members interested in library materials and for those needing help with genealogical sites on the internet or having genealogical related questions.

International Conference on Jewish Genealogy Hosted by the Jewish Genealogical Society of Los Angeles JULY 11-16 2010

AUGUST 29, 2010
JGSI - Temple Beth Israel - 3601 W. Dempster Street in Skokie
Program: Kvell with us on your genealogy breakthroughs. This program will be an information sharing session where member researchers will have the opportunity to report on significant discoveries they have made in their family research and how they were able to achieve these successes, with input from our Ask the Experts panel as well. Bring a success story with you and briefly tell us about it.

Relationship Calculator

Wolfram Alpha is so much easier to use than a relationship chart!

Figuring out the precise relationship (which kind of cousin? how many times removed?) between yourself and your relative can be confusing. But this online calculator not only identifies the relationship, but show it visually in a chart as well..

For example, if you enter the words "my cousin's son" ...or, "my mother's cousin"...the answer is "first cousin once removed" and the chart shows in what way you are related.

Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Digital Past Images

The Illinois fincnial crisis has had a negative effect on library systems in Illinois, including our own North Suburban Library System (NSLS).

NSLS can not maintain the Digital Past website. a magnificent collection of historic images submitted by libraries, museums, and other educationasl and cultural organizations in northeastern Illinois.

Thankfully, the Illinois Sate Library has announced that the Digital Past collections have been migrated to the Illinois Digital Archives (IDA).

The Glenview Area History images are now available to the public through the IDA.

Thursday, June 17, 2010

Researching Aids for Foreign Countries

The FamilySearch website includes a Research Wiki containing more than 37,000 educational articles abour various aspects of genealogy.

On the Research Wiki page, you can browse by the country from which your ancestor came.

Clicking on the name of a country takes you to a Portal Page containing basic information, resources, and strategies for successful genealogical research in that country. In addition, a Topics section lists specific essential information and tools for each topic.

Wednesday, June 16, 2010

Irish Genealogy

Irish Genealogy contains over 1.3 million pre-1900 baptismal, marriage and death church records from Dublin City and Kerry. It is made available by the Department of Tourism, Culture and Sport through the work of the Dublin Heritage Group and Kerry Genealogical Research Centre.

Updates about this and other Irish genealogical resources are at ProGenealogists.

Friday, June 11, 2010

Census Enumeration Districts

Census enumeration districts are geographic areas assigned to each census taker, usually representing a specific portion of a city or county. Enumeration districts (EDs) may not be hard to identify in smaller communities. But identifying them in large cities like Chicago can be daunting.

If you want to browse the census pages in Ancestry Library Edition for your family, you need too know in which ED they lived. A Look At Cook can make this task much easier for EDs in Chicago or Cook County Townships.

Click on the census year you are researching. Yoou need to have a general idea of the neighborhood in which they lived.

For Chicago, select a ward, and click on the interactive map. Within each ward, the EDs are mapped and identified by number. Browse Ancestry Library Edition for that ED.

For large cities other than Chicago, try the Steve Morse web site.

Thursday, June 10, 2010

Excel, Word and Powerpoint For Genealogists

The North Suburban Genealogical Society (NSGS) will present a 2-hour session on sharing computer use in genealogy.

Tom Van Heule, past president of NSGS, volunteer at Winnetka Library Genealogical room, and his able partner Jim Boyle, past publicity chair of NSGS, will show you how they use Excel, Word and Powerpoint as they do research and prepare presentations. Learn methods for better organization, better presentations, and systemic methods of research using programs common to many computers.

Attendees can share tips, ask questions or just listen. Bring your own laptop, a memory stick, or cd/dvd if you want to show how you use your computer.

Date: July 17, 2010
Time: 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.
Where: Northbrook Historical Society 1776 Walter Ave. Northbrook, IL 60062
Subject: Sharing Tips on Computer Use in Genealogy
Contact: Jim Boyle 847 401 2579 or NSGS at

Open to anyone interested in genealogical research. Free Admission

Tuesday, June 1, 2010

Locating Old Newspapers

Often, obituaries of our immigrant ancestors will be found in ethnic newspapers.

One way to locate microfilm of old newspapers is by using WorldCat.. through the Library's website.

Search for the name of a town as a subject, and the keywords newspapers and the name of an ethnic group. Remember to click on limit type to "serial publications."

Here is the result of a sample search for Chicago (Ill.) Polish newspapers.

Click on Libraries Worldwide to see which libraries have the newspaper you need.

Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Digital Restoration of Photos

The North Suburban Genealogical Society invites you to hear Larry Pepper discuss the digital restoration of photographs.

Larry is the current president of the Elgin Genealogical Society and a professional photographer. Larry will show us methods to use for restoring old family photographs with principles that can be used on many popular softwares today. Larry digitally restores images that are faded, cracked, and heavily damaged, and then creates new photographs resembling the like-new condition of the old originals. The meeting will begin with a drawing for a free restoration done by Larry Pepper. Bring an old photograph.

When: June 5, 2010
1 PM: Problem Solving
2 PM: Larry Pepper on Photo Restoration w/Digital Imaging
Where: Glenview Library 1930 Glenview Rd. Glenview 60025
Contact: Jim Boyle (847) 401 2579 or

Open to Anyone Interested in Genealogical Research. Free Admission.

Jim Boyle 847 401 2579

Tuesday, May 25, 2010


The Illinois Newspaper Project (INP) is part of the U. S. Newspaper Program (USNP). The website includes an interesting history of Illinois newspapers.

The INP database includes newspapers the INP has been able to identify, locate, and microfilm. Its value for genealogists is that it provides more ways search for obituaries and news stories about ancestors and families.

The database lets you search by county, city, title, or subject. It shows when and where the newspapers were published; which repositories in Illinois have which issues; and whether they have original newsprint or microfilm.

Anyone interested in looking at an institution's newspapers should contact the institution directly. Use the Participant Locator or Worldcat to find specific contact information.

Monday, May 24, 2010

Federation of East European Family History Societies

If your genealogical research involves countries in Eastern Europe, The Federation of East European Family History Societies (FEEFHS) is a resource you should know about.

The website features a Map Library for Eastern Europe a Resource Directory showing key resources for each Eastern European country, Member Websites of the groups that are members of FEEFHS, and more.

Thursday, May 20, 2010

Genealogy Articles Online

There are some wonderful resources for genealogists on the internet.

The Glenview Library genealogy page has links to resources, groups, offices, and organizations in the Glenview area that can advance your research. These are listed under Area Resources.

Other links to pertinent resources such as online databases that are not located near Glenview are listed under Internet Resources.

A third category is the educational information found in really good articles. These are compiled at Deena's Bookmarks on the Delicious website. Explore the Tags in the column on the right for links to more genealogy topics in which you are interested.

Wednesday, May 19, 2010

News From the Northwest

The May-June issue of the News From the Northwest genealogy newsletter is now available from the NWSCG for you to read in the Reference room.

Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Chicago Block By Block


SUNDAY May 23, 2010
Temple Beth Israel - 3601 W. Dempster Street in Skokie

12:30 - The temple will open to accommodate members interested in library materials, need help with genealogical sites on the internet or have genealogical related questions. You may ask genealogical related questions regarding your research into your family's history.

2:00 - Annual Meeting - Mike Karsen, JGSI, President

Program - "Chicago, Block-by-block", by Ginger Frere, Newberry Library

Friday, May 14, 2010

Library History, Then and Now

Here is an Animoto slide show of pictures taken over the years at the Glenview Public Library.

Each scene from the past is paired with a recent picture of the same actiivity. Click the "full screen" icon in the lower right to see the pictures full-size.

You can see that we have been bringing good experiences and great service to our patrons for generations.

Wednesday, May 12, 2010

A Gift That Money Can't Buy

The May Meeting of CAGGNI (Computer Assisted Genealogy Group of Northern Illinois) will take place on May 15, 2010, 10:30 AM - 12:30 PM in Rasmussen North at the Schaumburg Township District Library

The topic is A Gift That Money Can't Buy, by Jeffrey Bockman.

He presents a program of how to preserve family history by Documenting basic facts; Identifying documents that future generations will appreciate; Showing photographs of family members and how to identify them; Preserving it all for future generations to enjoy.