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Posted on 07/03/13 | Comments
The celebration of Independence Day reminds us that our country was founded on immigrants from the Old World- and many of us have ancestors that traveled across continents and oceans to settle in the U.S. Why not check out the genealogy programs offered at the library? There are plenty of exciting programs held next week- so whether you are new to genealogy research, have Swedish or French ancestors, or want to improve your skills, there is a program for you!
 
Swedish Genealogy Research: Wednesday, July 10, 10 a.m.-3 p.m in the Shackley Room. Sign up for one 30-minute session with Kathy Meade.
 
Beginner's Help in Genealogy: Thursday, July 11, 7-9 p.m. in the Cardinal Room. Register at the info desk, call 847-392-0100, or go online.
 
French Genealogy Research: Saturday, July 13, 1:30 p.m. in the Cardinal Room. Register at the info desk, call 847-392-0100, or go online.
Posted on 05/13/13 | Comments
OK. You've done your spring cleaning and discovered all those old photographs and VHS tapes of family gatherings. . What to do with them? Easy. Digitize them! With your Arlington Heights library card, you can use the resources available in our new Digital Studio to convert old media into new. Contact Digital Services to schedule an appointment.
Posted on 03/05/13 | Comments
It's a new year for genealogy programs.
 
  • Polish Genealogy Research Help - Sign up for a one-hour session. March 5, April 3, May 1 from 6-9 pm
  • Every second Thursday of the month from 7 -9 pm -- Beginner's Help in Genealogy. March 14, April 11, May 9
  • Swedish Genealogy Research Help. March 13, April 10, May 15. Times vary so check the Library Events Calendar.
  • Catholic Church Records in Chicago. Saturday, March 23 from 10 -12
  • Italian Genealogy. Saturday, March 23  1:30 - 3:30
 
Register online or call 847-392-0100.
 
 
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!