Friday, February 25, 2011

Genealogy First Tuesday: March 1

Tuesday, March 1, 6 to 8:30 pm, in the Genealogy Room

"Genealogy First Tuesday" is an unstructured session for people interested in genealogy.

Bring your laptop and your questions, and we will all work on helping each other break down our genealogical brick walls.

Please RSVP (847) 901-5948 or

Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Ancestry Family History Library Edition

The Ancestry Insider says that Family History Centers now have access to the Ancestry Family History Library Edition, which has the same genealogy databases as

Ancestry Library Edition, available at the Glenview Library, is marketed and distributed by ProQuest. Because ProQuest charges separately for some content in the normal subscription, and ProQuest leave those databases out of Ancestry Library Edition.

These include some newspapers, some obituaries, some books, PILI, BGMI, and PERSI. also leaves out most tree-based databases.

All of these are available in Family History Centers with the Ancestry Family History Library Edition.

Most of them are also available through the Glenview Library website. Login using your Glenview Library card barcode number.

Passenger And Immigration Lists Index (PILI) and its supplements are available in the Genealogy & Local History Room at R929.373 PAS GENEALOGY.

Monday, February 21, 2011

Thursday, February 17, 2011

More African American Genealogy Resources

The Afrigeneas website is devoted to African American genealogy, with emphasis on the Americas, and to genealogical research and resources in general.

It features the AfriGeneas mail list, the AfriGeneas message boards, and daily and weekly genealogy chats in which you can participate.

Cyndi's List provides a comprehensive list of links to African American genealogy and family history resources online.

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Growing Up With Glenview

Growing Up With Glenview, by Fred A. Rugen, compiled and edited by his daughter, Betty Rugen Schutter.

Fred A. Rugen's grandfather was among the first settlers of Northfield Township. Mr. Rugen was always active in Glenview community affairs, and often told stories of his life growing up in Glenview. These are a few of the stories he wrote down with the encouragement of his family, and they provide a glimpse of life in the early days of Glenview, the values of the times, and the life philosophy of a Glenview businessman and member of a founding family.

Growing Up With Glenview is available for $12.00 at The Glenview History Center, 1121 Waukegan Rd., Glenview, 847-724-2235.

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Interviewing Your Relatives

Interviewing family members may help you learn information about family history, culture, and traditions not found in photographs. Photographs and civil records provide documentation but not the essence of the person. Information from an interview can help make that person come alive for you.

Here are ideas for interviewing your relatives, with numerous suggested interview questions.

Monday, February 14, 2011

Illinois Servitude and Emancipation Records

Servitude and Emancipation Records Database, 1722–1863 is an index Compiled by the Illinois State Archives (ISA)The database of includes approximately 3,400 names found in governmental records involving the servitude and emancipation of Africans and, occasionally, Indians in the French and English eras of colonial Illinois (1722–1790), and African-Americans in the American period of Illinois (1790–1863).

The ISA extracted the names of servants, slaves, or free persons and masters, witnesses, or related parties from selected governmental records to produce this database. After searching the database, researchers can see an abstract of the record by clicking the record number of the appropriate entry.

This database may be useful to people researching African American Ancestry.

The Illinois State Archives also makes available online other valuable record indexes.

Saturday, February 12, 2011

African American Genealogy Resources

Search for your ancestors in Freedman's Bank (1865-1874), which was founded to serve African Americans.

The digital images of the bank applications show the applicant's signature, and lists their date of birth, birthplace, where they were brought up, residence, age, complexion, occupation, who they work for, and names of spouse, children, parents, and siblings.

The early books sometimes also contain the name of the former master or mistress and the name of the plantation. In many entries not all the requested data are given. Copies of death certificates have been pinned to some of the entries. In each case the certificate has been filmed immediately after the page that shows the registration of the person's signature.

Freedman's Bank (1865-1874) is part of the HeritageQuest Online database, which is on our Genealogy Database Page. Log in with your Glenview Library card number.

Wednesday, February 9, 2011

National Black Genealogy Summit

National Black Genealogy Summit
African Diaspora: Awakening Our Legacy
Fort Wayne IN
October 20-22, 2011

The African American Genealogy Society of Fort Wayne and the Allen County Public Library with its Genealogy Center proudly present this unique opportunity.

Prospective, novice, intermediate, and advanced genealogists will convene for the National Black Genealogy Summit, October 20 - 22, 2011 at the Grand Wayne Center and Allen County Public Library (ACPL). This conference promises an innovative, comprehensive, and hands-on approach to genealogical and historical research. Experts in African American genealogy will demonstrate research strategies, provide useful tips, and explore new resources. Extended research hours in the Allen County Public Library's Genealogy Center will be available exclusively to conference attendees.

Contact: Curt Witcher, Allen County Public Library Genealogy Center(260) 421-1226 or CWitcher@ACPL.Info.

Monday, February 7, 2011

Bridal Fashion show 1905-1985

Save the date!

Saturday, March 26, 2011

11 a.m.

Glenview New Church

Glenview History Center Benefit:

"Here Comes the Bride"

1905-1985 Bridal Fashion show

Tea, Luncheon, Raffle, and Ladies' Boutique

For further information: Mary Long: (847) 724-4115

Friday, February 4, 2011

Illinois State Library: Veterans History Project Update

The Illinois State Library encourages Illinois war veterans of any conflict to join Secretary of State Jesse White’s Illinois Veterans History Project.

The project is designed to create a permanent record of the names and remembrances of war veterans and civilians who served. More than a decade ago, the federal government passed a law authorizing the Library of Congress to collect and preserve the war histories of American veterans and civilians. Secretary White remains strongly committed to furthering the effort to ensure that the contributions of Illinois veterans will not be forgotten.

To participate, veterans or their family members can complete and return the Illinois Patriot Information Form.

Remembrances can be shared either on the back of the form or on a separate sheet of paper.

In addition, any veteran who would like to have an in-person, recorded interview conducted should contact either Suzanne Schriar at 217-785-1533,; or Lynda Maddox at 217-524-0044,

Tuesday, February 1, 2011

Genealogy First Tuesday Canceled Due to Snow

The Library will close today at 4 pm.

Unfortunately we must cancel our very first First Tuesday! but plan to meet the First Tuesday in March. Save the date!

In the future, if you want to confirm if the library is closed, check the Emergency Closings website.