Friday, December 30, 2011

GFT: January 3, 2012

There will be a GFT (Genealogy First Tuesday) on January 3, from 2 to 4:30 p.m. in the Genealogy Room of the Glenview Public Library.

Keep your genealogical new year's resolutions! Start working on your family tree, or pick up where you left off. The Library can provide genealogical guidance, assistance, and resources.

Genealogy First Tuesday is designed to introduce genealogy enthusiasts, at any level of experience, to materials and techniques for discovering their family history. Meetings allow participants to explore topics and tools in genealogy, including books, library databases, and websites. Share tips and tricks with others in a relaxed environment. Registration appreciated at the Reference Services Desk, 847-729-7500 x 7700, or

GFT is open to everyone. A Glenview Library card is not required.

There is no assigned topic for GFTs. If you want to suggest one, please contact Deena (847) 901-5948 or

Looking forward to seeing you on January 3!

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

New Illinois Data on FamilySearch

New Illinois collections have been uploaded to the FamilySearch website. 

If you have Maywood ancestors, you may enjoy browsing  through the Maywood Herald Obituary Card Index, 1885-2002.  This is a surname card index created by the Maywood Public Library from the Maywood Herald Newspaper.

And, there is a collection of Illinois Probate Records, 1819-1970, that was created by courts in various Illinois counties, which you can also  browse through

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

State Censuses

State censuses are invaluable to genealogists because they fill in gaps left by missing federal censuses. For example, 12 states conducted censuses between 1885 and 1895, any one of which can substitute for that state's missing 1890 federal census. State censuses tend to be opened to the public faster than federal ones; some state censuses taken as recently as 1945 are already available. Many state censuses contain information not found in federal censuses because the census takers asked different questions. For all of these reasons, state censuses can give you a more complete picture of your ancestors and solve genealogical problems. To find out what state censuses exist, what kinds of information they contain, and where they can be found, read State Census Records, by Ann Lainhart, the definitive guide to this major, though vastly under-used, genealogical resource.

The Glenview Library owns State Census Records by Ann Lainhart, find it at 929.373 LAI

(THANK YOU! to Clearfield Publishing for use of this book review.)

Sunday, December 4, 2011

Organizing and Writing Your Family History

Steve Szabados will present “Organizing and Writing Your Family History” at the next meeting of the Northwest Suburban Council of Genealogists. The meeting will be held on Saturday, January 7, 2012 at 10:00 am at The Arlington Heights Senior Center, 1801 W Central Rd., Arlington Heights, IL

A Copy of Family Tree Maker 2012 will be raffled off.

Arrive at 9:30 AM, prior to the presentation, for casual discussion or to exchange information with others who enjoy genealogy.

The presentation discusses a process and format that helps make research efforts more efficient and makes the results easier to read, digest, and share. Your information will “come alive” for everyone. Please note that this presentation is not a "How-To" on publishing a book or organizing your file cabinet. It instead will discuss how to organize the information extracted from your documents and family oral history.

Steve Szabados is a retired project manager with a Bachelor of Science degree and an MBA who started researching his ancestors in 2004. He has given numerous presentations to groups in Illinois and Wisconsin and wants to share his passion for Family History. He is a member of the Polish Genealogical Society of America, Illinois State Genealogical Society and also a genealogy volunteer at the Arlington Heights Library. His roots are Polish and Hungarian plus he has also had success researching Slovenian and Bohemian records.

GFT @ GPL, December 6

There will be a Genealogy First Tuesday (GFT) at the Glenview Public Library on Tuesday, December 6, between 6:00 and 8:30 p.m. in the Genealogy Room.

GFT is an informal session where you can explore genealogy and try out new resources or strategies, or get guidance  with specific research problems. 

Registration is encouraged but not required.  To register call the Reference Desk, (847) 729-7500 x2700.

Friday, December 2, 2011

General Land Office Records

The records of the General Land Office (GLO) document the first or initial transfer of public land from the United States to private ownership.  The Official Land Records Site has a databases for researching your ancestors who might have been homesteaders.

The site provides live access to more than five million Federal land title records issued between 1820 and the present. They also have images related to survey plats and field notes, dating back to 1810.