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Posted on 01/16/13 | Comments
The new genealogy room is now open for research! Volunteers have returned to help you locate the information you need. Computers, a copier, and microfilm reader/printers are also available. Come see our new home. Where is it now? The Kathrine Shackley Room for Local History and Genealogy is located on the first floor at the north end of the library. Look for the large local history mural and you will find us! See you soon!
Posted on 12/10/12 | Comments
The holidays are upon us and it is a time for families to get together. What better time to talk about the family! Bring out the old photos, contact a distant cousin, listen to holiday stories from your older relatives. After all that, you can then make a New Year's resolution to start researching your family history. Ready! Set! Start!
Posted on 11/26/12 | Comments
There are still a few spaces open for Swedish research. Sign up now  for a 30 minute session on Wednesday, December 12 from 1 to 5:30. You can register online or call 847-392-0100. Last call!
Posted on 09/25/12 | Comments
The genealogy collection has a temporary home on the first floor. It is located in the center of the library behind the magazines and newspapers and will be here during the remodeling period. Then it will move to its new home on the first floor. Library staff at the Ask Here desk can help you locate materials and answer any questions.  Yes, you can still do your genealogy!
Posted on 08/17/12 | Comments
Funeral and cemetery records are important and very challenging to our family research. Tim Kowalski, a licensed funeral director, will discuss these records Saturday, August 25 at 10 am. Register online or call 847-392-0100. Following the program will be a New Orleans style Jazz funeral with a live band. Come join the "second line" through the library! ...and see how they made the coffin.
 
Posted on 08/05/12 | Comments

It's done! It took only four months to completely index the 1940 US Federal census. Now you can search by name. Here in the library, go to Ancestry Library Edition from the database list and start searching for your ancestors!

Posted on 07/25/12 | Comments

If your ancestors spoke French and came from France, Belgium, Luxembourg, or Quebec, research help is available. The genealogy volunteer on duty every Thursday evening has Belgium/France heritage and can help you with your research or even translate a document. She is regularly there from 7 - 9pm, but please call ahead to make sure she is on duty. Merci!

Posted on 07/17/12 | Comments

With any endeavor, the first step is always the hardest. Fear not!

First Steps in Genealogy will help you on your way to beginning your family history research. It has a nice, clean format and is easy to understand. Check it out.

Posted on 07/02/12 | Comments
There is yet another opportunity to get started with your family research. An EXTRA beginner's class has been added on Monday, July 9 from 10 a.m. to 12 noon. Register on our webpage or call 847-392-0100. Start tracing your family now! We'll show you how!
Posted on 05/16/12 | Comments
There is always an opportunity to get started with your family research. An EXTRA beginner's class has been added on Monday, June 11 from 10 a.m. to 12 noon. Register on our webpage or call 847-392-0100. Start tracing your family now! We'll show you how!