Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Who Sank Grandpa's Boat?

Dan Niemiec will present Who Sank Grandpa’s Boat at the next meeting of the Northwest Suburban Council of Genealogists.

The meeting will be held on Saturday, August 27, 2011 at 10:00 AM at the Arlington Heights Senior Center, 1801 W. Central Rd, Arlington Heights, IL
9:30 AM, prior to the presentation, there will be casual discussion and information exchange with others who enjoy genealogy.

Looking for that elusive ancestor that came to America by boat, but hitting a brick wall? Dan will explain helpful techniques for finding those passenger manifests.

Dan Niemiec is the Italian genealogy correspondent of Fra-Noi. He is co-founder, co-chair and webmaster of the Italian genealogy group called POINTers In Person, Chicago-North chapter. He has given presentations to local and national genealogy conferences and societies. His Italian ancestral lines go back to the mid-late 1600’s and his Polish lines go back to the mid 1700’s. By tracing descendant lines, he has found over 62,000 relatives, the result of 17 years of original research.

Publicity1@nwscg.com Northwest Suburban Council of Genealogists

P.O. Box 148 ● Mount Prospect, Illinois, 60056

Friday, July 22, 2011

Newspaper Class, July 26, 2 pm

There are still openings in the Tuesday afternoon online genealogy class about newspapers.

The class will cover finding newspapers and obits, and how to use our our newspaper databases.

To register, call the Reference Desk, (847) 729-7500 x2700.

Free Genealogy Workshops at Wilmette FHC

Monday, July 18, 2011

How Libraries Can Help With Your Genealogy Research

WHAT??!! Research a library BEFORE I go?
• What does this library have to offer a genealogist?
• What geographical area does its records cover?
• What period of time do the records cover?
• How extensive is the collection?

For 33+ years, the Polish Genealogical Society of America has been an important resource for individuals, novice thru seasoned, looking for their Polish roots. They can help you deal with the myths and challenges of ethnic research.

You are invited to attend a special one-time meeting at the Arlington Heights Memorial Library, 500 N. Dunton Ave., Arlington Heights IL, Sunday, August 14, 2011 – 2 P.M.

Library opens at noon, closes at 5:30 p.m.; ample free parking; restrooms; liquid refreshments; walking distance from NW train station.

Michael Mulholland, Local History/Genealogy Librarian & PGSA member, will focus on how to research before you visit a library to determine if the collection will help with your research; lecture followed by tour of the genealogy collection.

Friday, July 15, 2011

Walter Reed

Sunday - JULY 31st
Regular JGSI Meeting at Temple Beth Israel - 3601 W. Dempster in Skokie

12:30 p.m. The temple will open for those interested in using library materials, have genealogical questions or need help with website searches.
2:00 Program: JGSI member Walter Reed will speak.  Walter is a Holocaust survivor and one of the children of Chateau de La Hille, a group of kids rescued after World War II's Kristallnacht and taken to the South of France after the Germans invaded Brussels.


The July monthly meeting of CAGGNI (Computer-Assisted Genealogy Group of Northern Illinois) features a presentation on PERSI (PERiodical Source Index), a widely-used subject index relating to genealogy and local history periodicals dating back to the early 1800's. There are 1.7 million searchable records in 6000 different periodicals.

The speaker is Carol Bartlett, Ela Area Public Library Genealogy Specialist.  Please join CAGGNI to learn how to enhance your genealogy research.

The meeting takes place from 10:30 to 12:30 at the Schaumburg Township District Library, 130 S. Roselle Road in Schaumburg on Saturday, July 16th.

Friday, July 8, 2011

PGSA Conference Coming Soon!

Polish Genealogical Society  of America 33rd Annual Conference:
Puzzled by the Past? Put the Pieces Together!
Saturday, October 1, 2011.
Hilton Garden Inn, 2930 S. River Road, Des Plaines, IL

Featured speakers Matthew Bielawa and Jonathan Shea will present a program that takes you from research in the U.S. to the Archives of Poland.

Topics will include:
➢➢Starting at Home: The Basics of Polish-American Genealogical Research
➢➢Gazetteers, Maps, Geographical Dictionaries for Polish Genealogical Research
➢➢Three Ring Circus: Researching Roots Across Poland and Its Three Partitions
➢➢Vital Genealogy: A Tour of Vital Records Across Poland
➢➢Websites for the Polish Researcher/Beyond Vital Records—What else awaits you in the Polish Archives

September 30, 2011 - Optional bus tour of Polish Chicago.
All-day motor coach tour will include a visit to St. Stanislaus Kostka, the Polish Museum of America (with a hot Polish lunch catered by Kasia’s), and other historical sites in the Polish community.

Saturday, July 2, 2011


In honor of Independence Day, Ancestry.com has launched the Sons of the American Revolution Membership Applications, 1889-1970, a collection of more than one million applications from men with a direct link to either a supporter or participant in the fight for United States independence during the 18th century. This collection is FREE through July 4th.

You can also access Sons of the American Revolution Membership Applications, 1889-1970, on Ancestry Library Editiion at the Glenview Public Library.

Friday, July 1, 2011

Tall Trees

Tall Trees: An Illustrated History, by Dan Wassmann, c2011.

This book details the development of the Tall Trees subdivision from its early years as a landscape nursery to the community of almost 200 homes it is today.

You can read Tall Trees: An Illustrated History in the Glenview Public Library Genealogy & Local History Room.  Find it at call number RRA 977.31 WAS.