Thursday, January 28, 2010

Who Do You Think You Are?

"Who Do You Think You Are?" is a very popular British TV show that has been exported to other countries. Each country produces their own shows, featuring local television personalities and stories.

NBC is bringing this television program to American viewers.

The American version of "Who Do You Think You are?" will premier on Friday, March 5, at 7 PM CST. It will feature American celebrities as they unearth their family trees.

Watch the trailer here.

Thursday, January 21, 2010

Recording Your Family History

The North Suburban Genealogical Society invites you to hear four members discuss and show how they have documented their family histories. Books, computers, and notebooks are how they have preserved family treasures for generations to come.

When: February 13, 2010
1:00 PM: Problem Solving
2:00 PM: Program: Recording Your Family History
Where: Glenview Library 1930 Glenview Rd. Glenview, IL 60025

Contact: Jim Boyle (847) 401-2579 or

Open to anyone interested in genealogical research. Free admission.

Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Northwest Suburban Council of Genealogists

The current issue of News From the Northwest, published by the Northwest Suburban Council of Genealogists, is on display in the genealogy corner of the Reference Room.

Family History Center: New Hours

NEW HOURS at The Family History Center, 2727 Lake Ave. in Wilmette.

Tuesday and Thursday - 10:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. - 9:30 p.m.
Saturday - 9:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.

Phone: 847-251-9818. Please call to confirm their hours before making a long drive.

Vacation Days for 2010: Apr 3, May 29, July 3, Sep 4, Oct 2, Nov 24-25, Dec 22-Jan 3.

During August, they will only open on Tuesdays and Saturdays.

If you have any questions about their hours or services, please call the FHC during open hours or email:

Genealogical Resources at the National Archives and Records Administration - Great Lakes Region

JANUARY 31, 2010 - Jewish Genealogical Society of Illinois: Sunday Meeting
Temple Beth Israel, 3601 West Dempster - Skokie
12:30 p.m.

Temple Beth Israel 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.

2:00 p.m. Program - Presented by Barry Finkel Genealogical Resources at the National Archives and Records Administration - Great Lakes Region, Chicago Learn which records are available at this NARA facility that can help you in your genealogical research.

MARK YOUR CALENDAR - DAY OF DISCOVERY IS COMING....JUNE 6, 2010 Keynote speaker has been hired, a national presenter, scholar, author, researcher and tech person. He will also join our panel of "ask the experts"...plan on this wonderful day to find out HOW to begin your research or HOW to move your research along! More to follow!
Contact: Gert Schachtman ,

Future JGSI Meetings at Temple Beth Israel are February 21, March 21, April 25 and May 23.

Friday, January 15, 2010

Funeral Cards

Genealogy Today features a searchable index of funeral cards (a.k.a. mourning or remembrance cards). Funeral cards provide clues like birth date, death date, maiden name, and name of funeral home.

Read about funeral cards online, and search the database of more than 23,100 names.

Here is another article about funeral cards by Elizabeth Kelley Kerstens.

If you google the words funeral card index, you will get over three million internet hits, many of them leading to more online funeral card indexes.