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.

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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.