Wednesday, May 24, 2017

German Immigrants from Bremen

About forty percent of 19th century immigrants from Germany and Eastern Europe left through the city of Bremen. German ports typically kept records of emigrants leaving for America and elsewhere; unfortunately, the emigration lists from Bremen were destroyed during World War II. German Immigrants: Lists of Passengers Bound from Bremen to New York compiled by Gary J. Zimmerman attempts to reconstruct these lists.

Based on passenger lists of arrivals at New York, German Immigrants includes information on about 35,000 immigrants spanning the dates between 1847 and 1871. This is still only about twenty-five percent of the total number of emigrants from Bremen arriving during this period.

This series spans four volumes and includes details such as age, place of origin, date of arrival, and the name of the ship, as well as citations to the original source material.

German Immigrants is a good starting point for finding your German immigrant ancestors.

Monday, May 15, 2017

Historical Newspapers

Newspapers are fascinating historical records that can offer a lot of context and interest to your family history. This Friday, learn how to use newspapers in your genealogy research, where to find them online, and discover why they are an important resource.

Register online or call the Reference Desk at 847-729-7500.

Tuesday, May 9, 2017

Make Faire

This Saturday the Glenview Public Library is hosting a Maker Faire.

As part of the Maker Faire, we'll help you digitize your family photos and you can be a part of Glenview history. Bring in your personal photographs and we’ll provide you with a digital copy and add a copy to our digital local history archive.

We’re looking for photographs of Glenview families, organizations, events, and places. We will digitize up to 10 photographs per person. Bring a flash drive or DVD to store your digital copies.

Drop by between 11 AM and 3 PM.

Saturday, May 6, 2017

Glenview History Center

The Farmhouse at the Glenview History Center opens today!

Built in 1864 by Sarah Hutchings, the farmhouse was home to the Hutchings, Schur and Homan families. It is one of the oldest houses in Glenview. The GHC maintains the house and exhibits antique furniture, textiles, and objects which reflect life in Glenview between the Civil War and World War II.

You can visit the Farmhouse on weekends throughout the summer.

Monday, May 1, 2017

Polish Genealogical Society of America Workshops

The Polish Genealogical Society of America is hosting a workshop on Saturday, May 20 at the NIU Naperville Meeting and Conference Center.

Tadeusz Pilat will broadcast live from Warsaw and will discuss notary records and land survey maps. Information found in these resources cannot be found in church parish registers. Jason Kruski will be at the conference covering how to find a village of origin using online records. He will also examine updates from various Polish digital archives. PGSA volunteers will be available to answer genealogical questions and to help with translations.

For more information and to register for the workshops, visit the PGSA website.