Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Have You Made Your GEDCOM Yet?

If you are not sure what a GEDCOM is...or if you find the thought of a GEDCOM to be intimidating...then watch this clear and easy-to-understand video workshop about GEDCOM files.

This helpful information comes from Treasure Maps Genealogy by Robert Ragan. The three-part "Mini-Workshop" can help you overcome the TWO BIGGEST MISTAKES that modern genealogy researchers make: 1) not using genealogy software to organize their data, and 2) not taking the time to understand GEDCOM files.

The titles of the three videos in the workshop are: Part ONE: Why GEDCOM files are a genealogy researcher's best friend. Part TWO: Genealogy software does all the work for you. Part THREE: You CAN do it!
You can also sign up for a free monthly genealogy email newsletter from Treasure Maps Genealogy.

Monday, March 29, 2010

Free Online Genealogy Classes

Free online classes are available from the Family History Library on its FamilySearch website.

You can access these 23 classes anytime, anywhere. Subjects range from European research to United States military records. Popular offerings include beginning research for Ireland and England, and a descendancy research class. The format varies: some classes use video, some use slides, and some are interactive.

Thursday, March 25, 2010

Glenview Obituaries

The Glenview Newspaper Obituary Index is a service offered through the Library. Find it on our genealogy page. The index lists names for which there was an obituary or death notice in the newspapers that served Glenview since 1928, and for which the Library owns microfilm.

Vital Records

Locate birth, marriage, and death records through the vital records division of the state where your ancestor was born, married, or died. Here is a list of websites where you can obtain the vital record you need.

Friday, March 19, 2010

Naturalization History and Records

Kathryn Barrett will present "Naturalization: Its History and Records" at the next meeting of the Northwest Suburban Council of Genealogists to be held on Tuesday, April 20, 2010 at 7:30 p.m. at Forest View Educational Center, Room 100, 2121 S. Goebbert Road, Arlington Heights, Illinois.

This program will cover the provisions in the law concerning naturalization as well as the process that was required for all immigrants wanting to become citizens. The presentation will also show the sources for researching available records.

Kathryn, who has 35 years of genealogy experience, is a researcher, teacher and lecturer at the local, regional and national level. She has been a volunteer at the National Archives & Records Administration (NARA) at the Great Lakes Regional Center for more than 15 years. Kathryn is a professional member of the National Genealogical Society (NGS), the Federation of Genealogical Society (FGS), and the Wisconsin State Historical Society. The recipients of her presentations include various genealogical societies, libraries, conferences, and other special interest groups. Kathryn has recently organized a local homeowner association genealogical group and makes monthly presentations on a wide variety of genealogical topics.

For more information contact the Society at 847-818-9159

South Carolina Roots

While you are searching South Carolina obituaries visit the home page of the Chesterfield District Chapter of the South Carolina Genealogical Society. Here you can access The Cheraw Chronicle & Chesterfield Advertiser OBITUARY ARCHIVE ONLINE. It has transcribed obituaries from the second quarter of 2003 through February 2010.

Send your feedback to the Society at editor@chesterfield.scgen.org

Tuesday, March 16, 2010

News From the Northwest

The March–April 2010 issue of News From the Northwest, the newsletter of the Northwest Suburban Council of Genealogists (NWSCG), is available for you to peruse in the Reference Room. Look for it on the genealogy magazine and newsletter display.

Upcoming NWSCG meetings will feature the following topics and speakers:
March 16, 2010: Craig Pfannkuche: The Non-Federal Civil War Sources
April 20, 2010: Kathryn Barrett: Naturalization: Its History & Records

Meeting Location : Forest View Educational Center
2121 South Goebbert Road (Turn south at Golf and Goebbert)
Room 100, Arlington Heights, Illinois 60005
Meetings start at 7:30 pm

Chicago Jewish Orphanages

SUNDAY March 21, 2010
Temple Beth Israel - 3601 W. Dempster Street in Skokie

The Jewish Genealogical Society of Illinois will present Chicago Jewish Orphanages and family trees. Julian Frazin and others will speak about their Chicago Jewish orphanage experiences.

2:00 Program
We invite you to ask genealogical related questions regarding your research into your family's history.

Friday, March 12, 2010

Glenview Veterans Oral History Project

A reception in the Maynard Room, 2-4 PM on March 14, will honor the veterans who participated in the Glenview Veterans Oral History (GVOH) Project, as well as the students and teachers who worked with the Library on it.

The following Animoto slide-show includes selected photos from some of the interviews. Historic pictures are seen along with pictures taken on the day of their interview, in which the veterans are seen with the students.

We thank the American Legion's Joseph M. Sesterhenn Post #166, the Glenview History Center, and Glenview South High School for partnering with the Library on this project.

Click on the white arrow to view the slideshow:

Monday, March 1, 2010

Italian Genealogy Groups

POINT is a network for Italian genealogy.

There are 2 Italian genealogy discussion groups in the Chicago metropolitan area. The group that serves the northern region is PIP Chapter 27, which meets in Schaumburg.

US Gen Web Archives

The fantastic new U.S. GenWeb Archives search engine is now online.

To make this free genealogical resources more valuable to all researchers, share and upload your genealogical records here.

You can also volunteer to participate in a Special Project.