Chicago was the destination for thousands of Polish immigrants during the late19th and early 20th Centuries. Now the descendants of those immigrants are researching their family history. Sign up for a one-hour
Are you just starting to research your family tree? Sign up for the beginner's class on Thursday, March 8. The class starts at 7:30 p.m. You can also drop in during the day and get help from one of the genealogy volunteers on duty. You can even set up a one-hour appointment with the Local History/Genealogy Librarian. We've got you covered! Come on in!
Nothing to do on Friday nights? Starting Friday, February 3, NBC will again broadcast the popular genealogy program "Who Do You Think You Are?" Season 3 will start with Martin Sheen as he discovers his European ancestors. Check out the NBC website for more info!
The holidays bring families together in many different ways. What a perfect time to start asking questions about your ancestors. How did they celebrate this season? What kind of presents did they get? Get out those old photos and see if someone can identify those people. Call or email a distant cousin and share information with them. Take a lot of pictures or even make an iMovie of your family. Who knows? You may now have an idea for a New Year's resolution!
The winter holidays are upon us! Whether you trim a tree, light a menorah, or just relax by the fire, this is the season for family gatherings. How does your family celebrate the holidays? How did your parents? Grandparents? Are you continuing holiday customs because of your religious or ethnic background? Will you start new ones? Start thinking of unique ways to remember you family--present and past. After all, 'tis the season!
Do you have Swedish ancestors and need a liitle help with your research. You can register for a 30-minute appointment with Kathy Meade. Kathy Meade has more than seven years’ experience helping people trace their Swedish ancestry will help you with your research using Ancestry’s Swedish Church Records collection. Kathy can also direct you to additional research sources. Please call 847-392-0100 to register.
Just starting out in genealogy? You can still register for the Beginner's Help class on Thursday, November 10 from 7:30 - 9:30 p.m. Register online or call 847- 392-0100. Can't make it on Thursday? Sign up for a one-on-one appointment with the Local History Genealogy Librarian. Register here. See you soon!
I have met a lot of people who think New York was the only port of entry for their ancestor. Not so! There were several ports of entry The five major ports on the east coast were Boston, New York, Philadelphia, Baltimore and New Orleans along the Gulf. There were also smaller ports such as Galveston, Biloxi, Norfolk just to name a few. Don't forget the west coast as well as Canadian and Mexican border crossing stations.
If you can't find them in New York, now you know where to look!
No, it’s not the name of a law firm. These are old names of occupations. If a census record lists an occupation you are not familiar with, you may have a very interesting ancestor. Coopers made barrels, tinkers repaired pots and pans, and wheelwrights made and repaired wagon wheels. In 1870, my great-great grandfather was listed as a teamster. Does that mean he drove a truck? Of course not, he drove a wagon with a team of horses! What in the world did your ancestor do for a living?