Blog Posts by mmullholland

blogger photoMichael Mulholland is the Local History/Genealogy Librarian and has been doing genealogy for over 32 years!


The Arlington Day was a local newspaper that only ran from January 1966 to March 1970. Read about life in Arlington Heights during the turbulent 60s. We are the only library that has the Arlington Day microfilm which is located in the Magazines & Newspapers department. In preparation for the 125th anniversary of Arlington Heights, this will be a unique source of local history featuring news, business advertisements, and obituaries. Remember back in "The Day?"
Just starting your genealogy research? We are here to help you.
Every second Thursday of the month, a genealogy volunteer is available to show you how to start your research. The dates are September 8, October 13, and November 10. The class is from 7:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. in the Shackley Room located on the second floor of the library. Sign up online under Events or call 847-392-0100. Can't come in the evening? You can make an appointment with me and I will be glad to meet with you. Let's get started!
Do you have an ancestor who was involved in the Revolutionary War in some way? If so, you might be eligible to join the DAR-The Daughters of the American Revolution. If you discover that your ancestor was in the military or otherwise contributed to the fight for independence, come visit the Local History/Genealogy room on Tuesday afternoons. The volunteer on duty is a member of the Eli Skinner Chapter of the DAR. She will be glad to help you with your research.  Who was Eli Skinner? Click here to find out. Gentlemen, don't worry , you may be eligible to join the SAR--the Sons of the American Revolution. Check out the Illinois Chapter!
Most people starting to research their genealogy today, start online. Genealogists are finding and sharing information on the Internet, Facebook, and Twitter, while using their laptop, iPhone, or iPad. The new technology has dramatically changed the way we hunt for our ancestors. Read about it here.
Did you know that Arlington Heights will celebrate its quasquicentennial? Its what? Next year, Arlington Heights will be 125 years old. Read about our village in "Chronicle of a Prairie Town."
You can also check out  the Facebook page -- Arlington Heights 125
Come join the party!
Summer is here and it's the perfect time ----to do genealogy!
Do you want to see where your ancestors lived? Visit the cemetery? Visit distant cousins?
Do your homework first. Contact the local library, historical or genealogical society in that far away county or state to find out more information. Here are some tips on how to plan your genealogy vacation.
Enjoy the summer!
Why do you? People research their ancestors for many reasons.
They want to join a patriotic or historical society like the Daughters of the American Revolution or the Mayflower Society. They need to check for any past major medical conditions so they can inform their medical health professionals. Some want to discover if they are related to a king, a president , or a celebrity. Others want to know country their ancestors came from. Whether you are looking for skeletons in the closet or the black sheep of the family, genealogy research is always very fascinating and rewarding. Why do YOU do genealogy?
 The stories of each of our ancestors are unique, but they also have a lot in common. Our ancestors left the "old" country to come to the "new" facing many hardships and prejudices of every kind. The PBS program "Faces of America" presents the family histories of several American celebrities. Maybe your family shares a similar story with Meryl Streep, Dr. Mehmet Oz, Stephen Colbert, Kristi Yamaguchi and others.
 In 2012 we will see 1940!  On April 1, 2012, in accordance with a 72-year privacy law, the 1940 census will become available to the public. Genealogists will see their ancestors and life in 1940 America. The National Archives can give you more details about the census. Here is another website about the 1940 census that is user friendly.  Countdown to 1940!
Brothers and Sisters!
If you are looking through vital records and cannot find information you thought should be there, do not despair! Not finding the place of birth or parent's names  in the records of your direct ancestor, then find those same records for any brothers and sisters. If your great-grandmother's parents are not listed on her death certificate, find the death certificate for her brother or sister and it may be there. Different people know different bits of information at different times! This research method is often called cluster genealogy.
Good luck with your research!