Thursday, May 24, 2012


I came across a genealogy social networking site called Genealogy Wise, which is sponsored by the National Institute for Genealogical Studies.    It is quite interactive, offering groups, forums, classes, certification, etc.  The groups have a specific genealogical focus involving ethnic, geographical, or cultural background, and are very informative.  The whole site is designed to be as educational as possible.

Tuesday, May 22, 2012


GenTeam is a website for Austro-Hungarian genealogy that includes free databases made by and for genealogists.  Registration is required. The collection currently contains 6,935,821 entries and is continually updated.

Examples of databases include: Gazetteer of Czech, Austrian and Slovenian Republics; 3500 Members of different lodges; Roman Catholic marriages of Vienna between 1542 and 1850/1860; Indices of Protestant and Jewish Records in Vienna; 18,000 Resignations from the Jewish Community in Vienna between 1868 and 1914; Foundling Baptisms in Vienna Between 1816 And 1868; etc.

For deciphering records in German, Google Translate is helpful.

Wednesday, May 16, 2012


Sunday - May 20th: Jewish Genealogical Society of Illinois (JGSI) monthly meeting at Anshe Emet Synagogue, 3751 North Broadway, Chicago.

12:30: genealogical questions and help desk.

2:00 Program: JGSI President, Mike Karsen brings us a Chicago Story of Sex, Murder and Genealogy:Dora Feldman McDonald, the daughter of German Jewish immigrants, made the front page of Chicago newspapers in 1907 when she shot her lover. Dora, who was married to one of the most powerful political bosses in Chicago at the time, used murder to end this affair and her lover's blackmail. But what ever happened to her after her dramatic acquittal the following year? Genealogist Mike Karsen uses every trick in his tool bag to set the record straight and follow her trail.

Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Monday, May 7, 2012

Classes at Arlington Heights Library

Very Beginning Genealogy – From Scratch
Saturday, June 9
10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Hendrickson Room
Beginning genealogists, start your family history now! Local History/Genealogy Librarian, Michael Mulholland will show you how.
Register by calling 847-392-011 or online at

Genealogy Research and Translation Help
Saturday, June 9
1:00 – 4:00 p.m. Hendrickson Room
Need help with your ancestor hunting? Can’t read that old document? Genealogy volunteers and translators will be available to help with your research. Languages will include German, French, Russian, Polish, Swedish, and Ukrainian. Call 847-870-3643 for details.
Register by calling 847-392-011 or online at