Tuesday, April 27, 2010

The DAR and Genealogy

Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) is a service organization that was founded as a national society in 1890 and as an Illinois state organization in 1892.

DAR provides service and leadership in the areas of American heritage, citizenship, conservation, education and scholarships, genealogy and family history, historical preservation and restoration, Native American studies, service to veterans, and youth programs.

Any woman 18 years or older, regardless of race, religion, or ethnic background, who can prove lineal descent from a patriot of the American Revolution. DAR defines a "patriot" as anyone who provided service or direct assistance in achieving America's independence.

Many local chapters of DAR are near Glenview.

Friday, April 23, 2010

NSGS Meeting Changes

Due to scheduling difficulties, the May and July meetings of the North Suburban Genealogical Society will take place on the third Saturday; and the June meeting will be on the first Saturday.

The May and June meetings will be at the Glenview Public Library.

But starting with July, meetings will be at the Northbrook Historical Society, 1776 Walters Ave., Northbrook, IL 60062-4533 (847) 498-3404

Thursday, April 22, 2010

War of 1812 Ancestors

The Library recently acquired two books pertaining to the War of 1812.

War of 1812 Soldiers Buried in the State of Illinois, and War of 1812 Soldiers Buried in Northern Illinois were compiled and published by the National Society of United States Daughters of 1812.

Listings include the soldier's name, birth and death dates, wife's name, soldier's rank, state served from and company, pension record references, county code, cemetery name, townshiip, and the nearest city / town.

Find these in the Reference Room at R929.3773 WAR.

Wednesday, April 21, 2010

French-Canadian Genealogy

Michelle Bray Wilson will present In Search of French-Canadians in America and Canada at the next meeting of the Northwest Suburban Council of Genealogists to be held on Tuesday, May 18, 2010 at 7:30 p.m. at Forest View Educational Center, Room 100, 2121 S. Goebbert Road, Arlington Heights, Illinois.

The French-Canadian genealogical record is unique because it is largely intact from the opening of the first parish record at Notre Dame de Quebec in 1621. This record has been indexed into repertoires, many of which are available to researchers online. The presentation will focus on Canada’s French period, from the exploration of the Saint Lawrence River by Jacques Cartier in 1534, to the cession of New France to Britain in 1763. A historical context will be presented, as well as a brief overview of major indices of interest to the French-Canadian genealogical researcher.

Michelle Bray Wilson began her genealogical research in the fall of 2007 when a family tree created in the 1930s came into her hands. She has since worked online and with other researchers to locate over 400 direct ancestors. Michelle is the secretary for the Computer-Assisted Genealogy Group of Northern Illinois and a member of the French-Canadian and Acadian Genealogists of Wisconsin. She traces her own French-Canadian ancestry to the Red Lake Falls area of Minnesota and from there to the Montreal and lle d’Orleans areas of Quebec.

For more information, contact 847-818-9159

Thursday, April 15, 2010

Quilting and Genealogy

The North Suburban Genealogical Society invites you to hear Judy Knoblock discuss her genealogical research of 23 names that appeared on a family/friends quilt bequeathed to her.

When: May 15, 2010

1 PM: problem solving

2 PM: Judy Knoblock on Preserving the History With Fabric

Where: Glenview Public Library, 1930 Glenview Rd Glenview IL 60025

Judy will discuss the research she did to find out all she could about every name on the quilt. She will bring the quilt to show.

Judy is an Illinois resident who does genealogical research every day and traveled to fill in all the facts on the quilt.

Contact: Jim Boyle 847 401 2579 or NSGS at Winnetka Library or NSGenSoc@gmail.com
Open to Anyone Interested in Genealogical Research. Free Admission.

Monday, April 12, 2010

Facebook For Genealogy

You know you can search for genealogy resources on the internet, using a search engine such as Google, or the Library's Genealogy Page, to help you locate helpful web sites.

But did you know you can do something similar using Facebook?

Setting up a Facebook account is like setting up an E-Mail account. Once your account is set up...and you are logged in... you can search Facebook by locations, such as your ancestral town; surnames, which will help you locate distant cousins or groups; genealogical societies; genealogy experts like Cyndi Howells or topics such as contacting a professional genealogist or learning more about your DNA Haplogroup. You will be able to easily communicate with other genealogists and groups.

Genealogy resources on Facebook include such popular features as The Genealogy Guys Podcast, and a news feed from The National Archives.

Various family tree applications enable you to locate and network with relatives around the world. Some examples include Family Link, Family Tree, and more.

Facebook helped me grow my family tree...it can help you, too!

American Historical Society of Germans From Russia

Are your ancestors Germans who came from Russia?

The American Historical Society of Germans From Russia (AHSGR) is an international organization dedicated to the discovery, collection, preservation, and dissemination of information related to the history, cultural heritage and genealogy of Germanic Settlers in the Russian Empire and their descendants.

AHSGR archives valuable records on the Saving Our Ancestral Records (SOAR) website. SOAR includes obituaries, cemetery records, and more, which ase in the searchable database.

The Northern Illinois Chapter of AHSGR is in Arlington Heights. Check out their Calendar of Events and their Genealogy Program, which makes available some interesting information such as an Ancestor List, Surname Charts, Ship List Index, and Family Charts.

Tuesday, April 6, 2010

eBay for Genealogists

EBay: An “Outside of the Box” Resource for Genealogists, by Carolyn L. Barkley, shares some amazing tips for helping you know where to look for genealogical treasures on eBay.

Read it on the Genealogy and Family History Blog for Thursday, April 1, 2010 from Genealogical Publishing Company. Click on the label Genealogy Tips for more informative and interesting articles.