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Posted on 05/13/14 | Comments
Not sure how to start looking for your ancestors? Register for any of the Beginner's Help in Genealogy classes on the second Thursday evening of each month. Jacquie Schattner will show you how to take those first steps to starting your family research. Next class is June 12.
 
Posted on 04/18/14 | Comments
Whether you are a beginner or a seasoned researcher, perhaps one of our genealogy volunteers can help you with your research.Several of the volunteers are knowledgeable in many different areas of genealogy including the Revolutionary War, the Civil War, Swedish, Polish, French, German, Italian, Irish, as well as several US states. Please call Michael Mulholland, the Local History/ Genealogy librarian at 847-870-3643 for more information.
Posted on 03/27/14 | Comments
Is your genealogy research coming out of hibernation?
 
Check out the four programs coming in April.
There is Swedish Research Help, a Beginner's Class, Finding Your Ancestors online, and a program on Overseas Genealogy.
 
Go to the library website to register or call 847-392-0100.
Posted on 08/28/13 | Comments
Do you have a shoebox filled with family photos and other documents? Using Ancestry.com's new Shoebox app, you can now create a virtual "shoebox" filled with bits and pieces of your family history. But unlike that box sitting at home, this app will help you edit and organize your images.
 
Available through Ancestry.com, this free app turns your Smartphone into a scanner and allows you to add photos and records to your Ancestry family tree. You can then edit the images, add the date/place when the photo was taken, tag family members, share the images through social media, and save them to your phone's gallery. Go to shoebox.ancestry.com for more information and download the app. 
 
Make sure to check out our upcoming genealogy programs to learn more family history research tips and techniques.
Posted on 07/24/13 | Comments
Move over David Letterman! The Shackley Room presents Jacquie Schattner's Top Ten genealogy tips:
 
10. Interview relatives! Either in person, or by phone, letter or email.
9. Identify people by writing the names on the backs of photos. Ask others to help you.
8. Use * in you online searches. John* picks up Johnson, Johnsen, and Johnston. Try variations of names (William Thurber, William O Thurber, Bill, Billy, Wm, Will* or even Thurber, William.) Keep a list of all variations of surnames.  Use those variations when you are searching a new website(e.g. Stanbro, Stanbury, Stanberry, Stanbrough).
7. Two great websites to start with are www.ancestry.com (free at the library) and www.familysearch.org (available from home).
6. Other good websites for beginners include www.findagrave.com and www.cyndislist.com (both are free from home).  By using your library card you can access many of the library's databases - Access Historical Archive, Fold3 (has military records),  and HeritageQuest to name a few.
5. For Illinois records try:
4. There is an excellent genealogy library in Chicago. Newberry Library is fantastic. 
3. If you order films from familysearch.org, you can request they be sent to the library to be examined and make paper or electronic copies during any of the hours that the library is open.
2. Some great tools to consider using are a data program like Familytreemaker or Reunion, a portable scanner, and the snipping tool which is probably  already on your computer and free!
1. Please ask the Shackley Room volunteer or Michael Mulholland any genealogy questions you might have. We are always happy to help.
 
Jacquie Schattner teaches the Beginner's Help in Genealogy class, held the second Thursday of each month from 7-9p.m. Check out the next class! Register online.
 
Posted on 07/19/13 | Comments
Now is a great time to begin your family research, with more digitized resources published online and research aids available than ever. Need help getting started? Come to Beginner's Help in Genealogy where our team of experienced volunteers will help you learn how to utilize research tools and take advantage of resources available through the library's Shackley Room for Local History and Genealogy.
 
Please register at the Info desk, call 847-392-0100, or go online.
 
Thursday, August 8, 7-9 p.m. in the Cardinal Room.
Posted on 07/05/13 | Comments
Celebrate Bastille Day and discover how to research your French roots! If you have family from France, Belgium, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, and other French-speaking countries, this genealogy program will arm you with the tools and French genealogy terms you will need to locate your ancestors.
 
The French Genealogy program will be held in the Cardinal Room on Saturday, July 13 at 1:30 p.m.
 
Please register at the Info desk on the first level, call 847.392.0100, or go online.  
 
Bienvenue!
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.