Friday, June 22, 2012


Please welcome our newest genealogy room volunteer, Sarah Golden!

Sarah attends Lawrence University, and is currently on summer break. She will staff the Genealogy Room on Fridays this summer from 9 a.m. to 12 noon.

Sarah has performed extensive research of her family's origins and history. She has discovered and contacted many relatives, several of whom are Holocause survivors.  Sarah has become very good at doing Jewish genealogy and family history research, and will be happy to help people in this area.

Please stop by the Genealogy Room and meet Sarah. You can also call at (847) 729-7500 x2709.

Thursday, June 21, 2012


As of june 1, The 1940 census was searchable by name for about 20 states, and the District of Columbia.
Here is what is available for each partner site:

--Ancestry:  Delaware, Maine, Nevada and Washington, DC. A chart on the 1940 census page lets you see indexing progress.

--FamilySearch:  You can search 14 states/territories by your ancestor's name: Alaska, Arizona, Colorado, Delaware, Florida, Idaho, Nevada, New Hampshire, Oregon, Vermont, Virginia, Kansas, Utah and Wyoming. same states as FamilySearch. To access the unindexed portion of the census, this site sends you to the National Archives' 1940 census site.  same states as FamilySearch, along with Hawaii, Louisiana, Mississippi and Montana..  Alaska, a territory in 1940, is missing from the color-coded map on the home page.
--MyHeritage: there is a searchable name index for Rhode Island, and a partial name index for New York.

Tuesday, June 19, 2012


The Illinois State Genealogical Society conference is always a high-quality informative conference, with wonderful speakers. It is perfect for your Illinois research. Don't miss it!



Certificates for the whole of Ireland before 1922 are at the Republic of Ireland General Register Office.

General Register Office
Government Offices
Convent Road Roscommon
Ireland (Eire)

to order by FAX using Visa or MasterCard,:

NORTHERN IRELAND (1922 to present)
General Register Office
Oxford House
49/55 Chichester Street
Belfast BT1 4HL
Northern Ireland

To order by telephone with Visa or MasterCard:
Phone: 011-353-90-6632900 has information and forms online/
To order online, or to print application for ordering by mail, go to:

(A photocopy of the register entry is less expensive than a full certificate.)


Jewish Genealogical Society of Illinois (JGSI)
Sunday, June 24th 2012

1:30 Refreshments (There will be no help desk at this meeting.)

2:00 Program:
Special Showing of Prisoner of Her Past at Temple Beth Israel.  Howard Reich will join us with his personal commentary.

Prisoner of Her Past tracks Howard's journey across the United States and Eastern Europe to discover why his mother believes - to this day - that the world has conspired to try to execute her.

The documentary Prisoner of Her Past will be screened at the Jewish Genealogical Society meeting on Sunday, June 24, 2012, in Skokie. The film’s producer-writer-narrator, Howard Reich, the Chicago Tribune's jazz critic, will comment on the story of his mother, Sonia, a Jew from Poland, who survived the Holocaust as a child by running and hiding.

Decades later, believing that the world had conspired to execute her, Sonia Reich fled her house one night, suitcase in hand, insisting that someone was going to shoot her in the head. In the documentary film, Howard Reich explains how he returned to Dubno (now in Ukraine) to try to find answers to questions about his mother's past that ultimately led to her late-onset post-traumatic stress disorder.

The film ventures beyond Sonia Reich's story, to show what can be done to help traumatized children today. It looks in particular at young victims of Hurricane Katrina in New Orleans.

Howard Reich first wrote about his mother in a Chicago Tribune article in 2003 and then published a book about her and his research into her past, The First and Final Nightmare of Sonia Reich, in 2006. His documentary film came out in 2010.

Monday, June 18, 2012


The Circles : Releigh, Baffin, Drake, Hudson, York; architectural heritageby John R. Hedrick and  Lauren C. Griffin, produced with the support of: The Chaddick Institute for Metropolitan Development, at DePaul University. -- c2011, Scenic Illinois.

This compilation of homes captures architectural and landscape features of assorted noteworthy homes representing each of the streets which encompass The Circles.

An engineering map highlights primary geographic and historic aspects, and shows the overall layout of The Circles.

Includes are historic photos of downtown Glenview in the 1920s, along with historical background on the development of the subdivision. 

The "References" page includes assorted facts and resources relating to The Circles.

You can see The Circles in the Local History and Genealogy collection at call number RRA 720.97731 HED.  It can also be checked out in New Nonfiction at call number OVERSIZE 720.97731 HED.


The New England Historic Genealogical Society (NEHGS) offers a free online service called the Online Genealogist.

They cover genealogy, research methodology, resources, social and cultural history, DNA, military history, immigration, and have many specialized resources to help you research New England Ancestors.

Sample questions and answers are on the Question of the Day page. Email questions to or call (617)-226-1222.  


Please welcome our newest genealogy volunteer, Donna Roginski.
Donna will staff the Genealogy and Local History Room at the Glenview Public Library on Mondays from 9:30 to 12:30.

You may know Donna from the Wilmette Family History Center, where she also volunteers.  She is very knowledgeable and experienced with genealogy, and we are happy and grateful to have her on board here at the Library.

Please stop by and meet Donna….or call the G and LH Room at (847) 729-7500 x2709 and say "Hello!".

Thursday, June 14, 2012


From Family Tree Magazine Genealogy Insider, :

Family Tree Magazine's 40 top international genealogy blogs are like having your own local guide to unfamiliar customs in a foreign country.

Monday, June 11, 2012


The Global Adoptee Genealogy Project (GAGP) will help adoptees learn about their own biological and cultural roots through  DNA testing partners and with the science, technology, and adoption communities.

Mixed Roots Foundation will recruit participants, and will help offset costs of DNA testing for adoptees in need of financial assistance.

To learn more about the GAGP, contact

Thursday, June 7, 2012

Two CAGGNI Presentations

2nd Saturday Workshop Series


"Creative Memories Digital Scrapbooks"  9 June 2012 at 10:30AM at the Schaumburg Township District Library.  Facilitator: Kate Thommes
This special workshop focuses specifically on the Creative Memories digital scrapbooking. Bring your laptop and follow along, or watch as Kate shows the tips and tricks that will make your family history scrapbook a smashing success.

"Deep Ancestry: Beyond the Paper Trail," presented by CAGGNI's President, Michelle Wilson on
Saturday, 16 June 2012 at 10:30 am at the Schauburg Township District Library.
While some genealogists claim kin back to Charlemagne, for all of us, the paper trail eventually peters out. Fortunately, genetics, linguistics, paeleontology, and other sciences are opening up new ways to discover our deep ancestry. Building on last year's "Genes for the Genealogist" program, Michelle will show how your ancestor's ancient migration routes can be traced and how to find where you fit in the tree of humanity. Don't miss this informative and engaging presentation. Part of CAGGNI's DNA Series

CAGGNI (Computer Assisted Genealogy Group of Northern Illinois) is a group of amateur genealogists who are committed to using technology and the internet more effectively in support of their family history research activities.

CAGGNI meets at 10:30am on the third Saturday of every month except December usually at the Schaumburg Township District Library. Monthly meeting topics cover a broad range of subjects of interest in supporting genealogical activities including software, tools, techniques and methodologies. Additionally, monthly newsletters, support for both computer and genealogy issues and Internet surname exposure are among the benefits of membership.
For questions about the group, contact

NSGS Meeting: June 9

The North Suburban Genealogical Society (NSGS) meeting this Saturday, June 9, with Sarah Kirby on "Accessing Newspapers Online" takes place at 1:00 pm at the Northbrook Historical Society, 1776 Walters Avenue, Northbrook.

Usually meetings are the second Saturday of the month, but because of an event in the Northbrook park next door, the July meeting is always on the third Saturday.