Genealogy & Local History

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This Month, Take the “Try a Pod” Challenge and Discover New Genealogy Podcasts!
Posted by susanmayer on 03/20/17
The month of March has been designated “Try A Pod” Month by a large group of podcasters and producers. Podcasters are encouraging current listeners to introduce their friends, coworkers, and relatives to this lively platform for keeping up with everything from new books to niche interests. Using the hashtag #trypod, loyal listeners can share their favorite podcasts and point to why they love listening. defines podcasts as “a digital audio or video file or recording, usually part of a themed series that can be downloaded from a website to a media player or computer.” Genealogy podcasts are a wealth of information for every level of researcher. From product updates to what is new on FamilySearch, you will be able to find something that will spark your interest. Here is a short list of my current favorites, but you can find a more complete list at the Podcast page on Cyndi's List. You can download podcasts using Apple Podcasts, Google Play Music, or Stitcher on your mobile device or tablet. You can also directly download a podcast to your desktop computer by saving the podcast file. Happy listening!

Susan’s Favorite Podcasts (in alphabetical order)
Ancestral Findings-Genealogy Gold: New episodes are published every Tuesday.
Backstory: Backstory takes current events and looks at them through an historical eye. It is fascinating and a good way to gain social history research.
Ben Franklin’s World: This podcast about early American history provides wonderful information “about historical people and events that have shaped current events.” Unless you have a famous ancestor, or one who left behind written records, this podcast can help you gain insights to what your ancestor may have experienced.
The Genealogy Gems with Lisa Louise Cooke: Lise Louise Cooke offers insightful and useful techniques for family history research.
The Genealogy Guys Podcast & the Genealogy Connection: The Genealogy Guys George G. Morgan and Drew Smith discuss a range of genealogy topics and interview leaders of the genealogy community.
Grammar Girl: Quick and Dirty Tips: This is a great resource to improve your family history writing. Podcasts cover tips on grammar, punctuation, and usage in a fun and helpful manner.
Twice Removed: Hosted by A.J. Jacobs, the man behind the biggest family reunion in 2015. He says, we are all one big family and his podcast is the show that proves it. Twice Removed began episodes in December 2016.

Shackley Room

The Kathrine Shackley Room for Local History and Genealogy (located on the first floor) includes:

The Genealogy Collection
  • Books, periodicals, newspapers, maps, and access to several online databases
  • An extensive microfilm collection
The Local History Collection
  • Local church records
  • Various Arlington High School yearbooks
  • Information on the subdivisions, people, places and events of Arlington Heights
  • Three microform readers with print capability.
  • Two readers have the additional capability to email or save images to a flash drive.
  • Readers can be used to read personal microfilm or microfiche.

Home Sweet Home

Home Sweet Home is an online pinboard created to collect memories of life - past and present - in Arlington Heights.

Online Learning & Research

Gale Courses

(Arlington Heights Memorial Library cardholders Only)


  • Local history databases
  • Clio (available in the library): Digital genealogy books and county histories from several Midwest and Eastern states.
Custom Google Search
Reliable Genealogy Websites
A popular genealogy website.
We are a designated branch of the Family History Library in Salt Lake City. Microfilm can be ordered online.
Depository of public records of Illinois State and regional archives with searchable databases for vital, land and military records.
Local organization offering education and programs in family history research.
Volunteers and library staff are available to help you with your research.
Complete the appointment form or contact Susan Mayer, Specialty Info Services Librarian/Genealogy Librarian, at 847-870-4428. 

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