Wednesday, December 11, 2019


The Glenview Public Library now has access to the military records database Fold3!

Search for:
  • Documents from military conflicts ranging from the Revolutionary War to the Vietnam War
  • Draft records
  • Enlistment records
  • Muster rolls
  • Pension records
  • Casualties and death files
  • Photographs, war diaries, and military newspapers

If you have an account, you can save records from Fold3 directly to your Ancestry Family Tree.

Access Fold3 at the library or from home using your Glenview Public Library card.

Wednesday, October 2, 2019

Family History Memoirs

October is Family History Month! Celebrate by reading a family history memoir!


The Yellow House by Sarah Broom
In 1961, Sarah Broom's mother Ivory Mae bought a shotgun house in the then-promising neighborhood of New Orleans East and built her world inside of it. This is a memoir of place which also traces a century of the author's family history and the impact of class, race and Hurricane Katrina on her sense of identity.

All You Can Ever Know: A Memoir by Nicole Chung
From early childhood, Nicole Chung heard the story of her adoption as a comforting, prepackaged myth but as she grew up, she wondered if the story she’d been told was the whole truth. Chung tells of her search for the Korean parents who gave her up and offers a moving chronicle of surprising connections and the repercussions of unearthing painful family secrets

The Girl from Human Street: Ghosts of Memory in a Jewish Family by Roger Cohen
Beginning in the nineteenth century, Roger Cohen tracks his family’s story of repeated upheaval. As he follows them across continents and decades, valued heritage and evolving loyalties converge into a resonant portrait of cultural identity in the modern age. It is a tale of otherness marked by overt and latent anti-Semitism but also otherness as a sense of inheritance.

Not My Father's Son: A Memoir by Alan Cumming
When Alan Cumming agreed to appear on Who Do You Think You Are?, he hoped to solve the mystery of his maternal grandfather's disappearance. But just before filming, Alan's father, whom Alan had not seen or spoken to for more than a decade, revealed that he had a secret to share, one that would set into motion a journey that would change Alan's life forever.

White Like Her: My Family's Story of Race and Racial Passing by Gail Lukasik
After learning her mother's life-changing secret, Gail Lukasik embarks on a quest to uncover her mother’s racial lineage, tracing her family back to eighteenth-century Louisiana. Lukasik also explores her African-American mother’s decision to pass, how she hid her secret even from her own husband, and the price she paid for choosing whiteness.

Annie's Ghosts: A Journey into a Family Secret by Steve Luxenberg
Approaching her 80th birthday, Steve Luxenberg's mother told a doctor that she had a disabled sister but everyone had always thought she was an only child. Mystified, Luxenberg follows the history of his mother's family trying to answer the question: If his mom had a sibling, why had her existence been concealed for decades?

On Gold Mountain: The One-Hundred-Year Odyssey of My Chinese-American Family by Lisa See
As a girl, Lisa See would listen to her grand-mother and great-aunt's colorful stories about their family's past. With these stories and her own years of research, See chronicles the odyssey of her Chinese-American family, a history that encompasses racism, romance, secret marriages, entrepreneurial genius, and much more, as two distinctly different cultures meet in a new world.

Inheritance: A Memoir of Genealogy, Paternity, and Love by Dani Shapiro
After submitting her DNA to a genealogy site, Dani Shapiro received the stunning news that her father was not her biological father. Shapiro examines the extraordinary moment we live in in which science and technology have outpaced not only medical ethics but also the capacities of the human heart to contend with the consequences of what we discover.

Wednesday, September 18, 2019

Cook County Vital Records on FamilySearch

Did you know that you can find images of Cook County vital records on FamilySearch? They can be tricky to find but you don't have to pay for them!

Note that you can only view these images at a FamilySearch Affiliate Library so you'll be able to view these at the Glenview Public Library but not at home.

Start by searching for the record you need.

Find and select the record you want to view.

After you've selected the record and verified it's the one you want, look on the right under "Document Information." You may have to click the down arrow for the information to show. 

Write down the GS Film Number and the Image Number.

Next, open a new tab and go to the FamilySearch Catalog. Under "Search for" click on "Film/Fiche Number" and type in the GS Film Number you just wrote down and hit search.

This will bring up the Cook County collection you want. Click on the title. 

Scroll down on the next page for the films. Find the GS Film number in the list. This is the film you want. Click on the camera icon to view images.

Now you'll see a page of image thumbnails. In the upper left corner, find the box that says "Image."

Type the Image Number you recorded earlier in the box and hit "Enter" on your keyboard.

This will highlight one of the thumbnails. Double click on the image and you have your certificate!

And you didn't have to pay Cook County for it!

Tuesday, September 10, 2019

Digging Deeper with

You know the basics of but want to learn more? Join us this Thursday at 2 PM for our class: Digging Deeper with Explore Ancestry’s special collections and learn advanced search techniques.

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

Thursday, August 22, 2019

Chicago & Cook County Genealogy

Join us Tuesday, August 27 at 2 PM for a class on Chicago & Cook County Genealogy Records. Find your Chicago ancestors with us!

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

Tuesday, August 6, 2019

Polish Genealogy: 4 Steps to Success

Where do you start your research of your Polish Ancestors? Finding your Polish ancestors is a challenge. Join us this Saturday at 1 PM for Steve Szabados' presentation which will simplify the confusing elements of Polish research.

We'll cover logical steps on searching and translating Polish documents as well as what to do about border changes that confuse us on where our ancestors were born. . This material will jump start your research and help you enjoy your Polish Heritage.

This presentation is presented in partnership with the North Suburban Genealogical Society.

Wednesday, July 31, 2019

Ancestry Holocaust Records

Today Ancestry announced a new partnership with the Arolsen Archives (formerly the International Tracing Service or ITS). The Arolsen Archives contains the most comprehensive archive of material related to victims and survivors of Nazi persecution. Many of these documents will be made available on

Two collections from Arolsen are already online and accessible from Ancestry:

Europe, Registration of Foreigners and German Persecutees, 1939-1947

This collection includes information gathered by the Allies at the end of the war concerning those who had been persecuted in Germany by public institutions, social securities and companies. The documents may contain death and burial information.

Africa, Asia and Europe, Passenger Lists of Displaced Persons, 1946-1971

The majority of the immigrants in this collection are Holocaust survivors or refugees leaving Germany and other European ports. These records were created by the International Refugee Organization (IRO) and the Intergovernmental Committee on European Migration.

Thursday, July 18, 2019

Daughters of the American Revolution

We keep old issues of the Daughters of the American Revolution Magazine in the Lundberg Collection. Most of our issues date from the '60s and '70s but we do have some dating back to 1929!

These issues have valuable service information about Revolutionary War soldiers and histories from the Colonial Era. They also contain genealogical sources submitted by DAR members which include Bible records, grave transcriptions, wills, and general family histories.

Tuesday, July 2, 2019

Immigration Records

Join us Tuesday, July 9 at 2 PM for a class on Immigration Records. Learn how to find your immigrant ancestors in passenger lists and naturalization records.

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

Friday, June 28, 2019

Newspaper Resources

Newspapers are fun resources but they can be difficult to find. Here's some of my favorite free online newspaper sites to help you get you started:

Chronicling America
The Library of Congress and the National Endowment for the Humanities partnered to create Chronicling America, a searchable database of historic American newspapers. The site allows you to search by keyword, phrase, date, ethnic group, state or language.

Elephind searches several of the largest digitized newspaper collections simultaneously. Type keywords and phrases into the search bar and get results from newspaper archives from across the world.

Google News Newspaper Archive
Google created a great collection of digitized newspapers. Unfortunately, the collection is not keyword searchable. Find the name of the newspaper you're looking for and browse the paper like digitized microfilm.

The Ancestor Hunt: Newspaper Links
This blog hosts an exhaustive list of online newspaper resources for each state. If the newspaper you're looking for isn't listed here, it's probably not online yet.

Wednesday, June 19, 2019

Summer Programs at the Glenview History Center

The Dukes of Hazzard’s Tom Sarmento, General Lee’s Mechanic will visit the Glenview History Center this Saturday at 2 PM.

Tom Sarmento grew up in Glenview and worked as a mechanic for The Dukes of Hazzard’s bright orange muscle car from 1979-1985. He'll share his experiences working on the hit CBS show.

The Farmhouse will be open for tours after the program.

Wednesday, June 5, 2019

Newspapers & Genealogy Research

Newspapers are rewarding genealogy resources but are often difficult to research.

This Saturday at 1 PM, Kimberly Schlarman, Genealogy Librarian, offers tips for locating and researching historical newspapers and how they add to your family history. Presented in partnership with the North Suburban Genealogical Society.

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

Thursday, May 30, 2019

Beginning Genealogy

If you're looking to get started on your genealogy join us Thursday, June 6 at 2 PM for our Beginning Genealogy class!

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

Wednesday, May 1, 2019

Census Records Class

Discover tips and tricks to finding and using census records on Tuesday, May 7 at 10 AM. We'll discuss the history of the US census and how these documents can give you some amazing clues about your family.

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

Monday, April 22, 2019

Glenview History Center May Luncheon

The Glenview History Center is hosting its annual spring luncheon on Saturday, May 11 at the Chateau Ritz.

Enjoy a 1950s fashion show and enter the raffle to win prizes donated by local businesses.

All proceeds go to support the Glenview History Center and to help keep local history thriving in Glenview!

RSVP by May 1. Contact the History Center with any questions.

Tuesday, April 16, 2019

Getting Started with

Need help navigating Then join us this Thursday at 2 PM as we learn the basics of the most popular genealogy database in the world.

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

Monday, April 8, 2019

Finding the Answers: World War II Online

Most people begin research for their World War II service member online. While most of the records you need to reconstruct service history are not available online, you can still find clues and contextual information to add to your soldier’s story.

Join us Saturday, April 13 at 1 PM when Jennifer Holik will answer some common questions about WWII online research. Come learn how to:

  • Research and Fold3
  • Use online information to fine offline resources
  • Connect with other researchers or European grave adopters 
  • Locate information using social media

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

Presented in partnership with the North Suburban Genealogical Society.

Wednesday, April 3, 2019

AncestryDNA ThruLines

In late February, announced new features: MyTreeTags, improved DNA Matches and ThruLines.

ThruLines is the most exciting addition to AncestryDNA results. ThruLines makes it easier to discover how you're connected to your DNA matches by finding shared ancestors in your family trees.

The following video from Ancestry demonstrates how this works.

Also note that ThruLines is currently available to DNA testers without an Ancestry subscription for a limited time!

Tuesday, March 26, 2019

Family History Activities

The FamilySearch website offers new ideas, templates, and interactive activities for families and all ages.

The "In-Home Activities" module has projects for kids and families to explore their heritage and traditions. Activities include creating time capsules, discovering family records, making a journal or scrapbook, and playing family trivia games. Other projects involve identifying and thinking about ancestors' lives in different ways that appeal to children. 

FamilySearch also includes online programs that help you upload and manipulate photos of yourself and your ancestors or find prompts to tell and record your family's history.

Wednesday, March 20, 2019

Map Guides to German Parish Registers

Map Guides to German Parish Registers by Kevan M. Hansen makes locating records in Germany easier.

Before researching in Europe, you need to know where records are kept. For Germany, religious institutions recorded births, marriages, and deaths and kept this information in parish register books or local church archives. You need to identify your ancestor's parish before you can search for these vital records. 

Hansen's guide provides maps showing Catholic and Lutheran parish jurisdictions for towns in a specific region. Find your ancestor's town of origin on the map to discover their local parish.

FamilySearch has microfilmed most German parish registers and Hansen helpfully gives the FamilySearch microfilm number for each parish. Search for that number in FamilySearch's catalog to locate digital or physical copies of the microfilm.

Map Guides to German Parish Registers includes parish maps for Catholic and Lutheran Churches but also provides information on locating Reformed Church and Jewish records for the region--and includes the FamilySearch microfilm number for these records too.

The Genealogy & Local History Room has guides to parishes in the following locations:

Grandduchy of Hessen
Grandduchy of Baden
Mecklenberg, Granduchies of Schwerin and Strelitz
Province of Schleswig-Holstein - Kingdom of Prussia and Grandduchy of Oldenburg
Kingdom of Bavaria - Schwaben

Thursday, March 14, 2019

Free Irish Records on FindMyPast

FindMyPast is one of the best online resources for British and Irish records. You need a subscription to access its collections but they do make a few records available for free.

One free collection is Ireland Roman Catholic Parish Baptisms. Create a free account with FindMyPast and you can search and view these Baptismal records without a subscription.

These records will tell you birth and baptism dates, parents' names, and information on the Parish and Diocese. Note that the records are written in Latin but FindMyPast gives you a handy guide Latin phrases.

This collection is made available from the National Library of Ireland. Most of the records date from the 1850s onward but you may find a few older records as well. 

For more free(ish) online Irish genealogy, try, RootsIreland, and the National Archives of Ireland.

Wednesday, March 6, 2019

FamilySearch Class

Join us this Thursday at 2 PM to learn how to navigate We'll cover the basics of how to search the database but we'll also dig into the extensive digital collections found in FamilySearch's catalog.

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

Wednesday, February 13, 2019


Join us Tuesday, February 19 at 2 PM to learn how to navigate AncestryDNA. Discover the basics of DNA testing and how to use your results to grow your family tree.

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

Thursday, January 31, 2019

White Like Her

On Saturday, February 9, local author Gail Lukasik will be here to share her personal and genealogical journey to uncover her mother’s racial heritage.

After her appearance on PBS’ Genealogy Roadshow where her mother’s life changing secret was revealed, Gail was inspired to write White Like Her. The book is the story of her mother’s “passing” for white, her struggle with the shame of mother’s choice, and her subsequent journey of self-discovery and redemption. In the historical context of the Jim Crow South, Gail explores her mother’s decision to pass, how she hid her secret even from her husband, and the price she paid for choosing whiteness.

Haunted by her mother’s fear and shame, Gail embarked on a quest to uncover her racial lineage, tracing the Frederic family back to 18th century colonial Louisiana. In coming to terms with her decision to publicly “out” her mother, Gail changed how she looks at race, racial identity, and her black heritage.

Register online or call the Reference Desk at 847-729-7500. This program is presented in partnership with the North Suburban Genealogical Society.

Wednesday, January 23, 2019

American AncesTrees by NEHGS

The New England Historic Genealogical Society launched a new family tree making service called American AncesTREES.

Create your own family tree for free through the NEHGS website. Import a GEDCOM file or start
your tree from scratch.

The site also allows users to add media and import DNA data. One of the nicer features of the site is the ability to easily create research logs, to-do lists, and notes. There are also apps that clip info from website to add to your tree.

NEHGS provides "hints" for your ancestors from sources in FamilySearch, FindMyPast, American Ancestors, RootsPoint, Newspaper Archive, as well as from other online family tree sites. They also offer "warnings" if information in your tree looks contradictory or incorrect. 

To find out more about American AncesTREES, sign up for this free webinar!

Thursday, January 17, 2019

Puerto Rican Genealogy

Here are a few tips to keep in mind while searching for Puerto Rican ancestors.

Puerto Rico became a US Territory in 1898 as a result of the Spanish-American War. US Armed Forces began inhabiting the island during this period and you can find these service members listed in the 1900 US census.

In 1910, all residents of Puerto Rico began appearing in the US Census and you can find these records in Ancestry, HeritageQuest or FamilySearch. Keep in mind that Puerto Rican census records will be in Spanish.

Puerto Ricans born on or after April 25, 1898 were granted US Citizenship in 1917. Puerto Ricans born before 1898 may have naturalized and those records would be available at NARA.

The Spanish government in some Puerto Rican municipalities kept civil registrations of births, marriages, and deaths. Civil registration for the entire territory began in 1885 and these records contain a lot of important genealogical information. You can find Puerto Rican civil registration collections on Ancestry and FamilySearch.

When researching vital records before 1885, use Catholic Church records. FamilySearch has a collection of Puerto Rican Catholic Church records dating back to 1645.

For more information on Puerto Rican genealogy, visit the FamilySearch Research Wiki or watch one of FamilySearch's free webinars.

Monday, January 7, 2019

New FamilySearch Collections

FamilySearch is constantly adding new records to their online collections. FamilySearch now provides genealogists free access to over 8 billion record images! In 2018, these are the locations that had the most new records added:
Countries: US States:
To see what locations have new records added, from the Search page, click on "Browse all published collections."

Click on "Last Updated" under Historical Record Collections to arrange collections by date added/updated.