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Posted by susanmayer on 12/02/16
The holiday season, when families come together, is a perfect time for telling and retelling family stories and sharing memories of loved ones. Learn techniques for gathering these stories for future generations from personal historian Diane Dassow, who will lead you through the process of conducting successful interviews. Come share your favorite holiday stories, listen to others, and enjoy cider and cookies on Saturday, December 10 at 1 p.m. Bring the family!
Posted by susanmayer on 09/22/16
Publishing Your Genealogical Writing
You’ve worked hard on getting your genealogy research together. What’s next? Come hear our three panelists, Mike Karsen, Teresa McMillin and Steve Szabados, tell their journeys of taking their research into a published book or article. If you have been wondering about how to self-publish your research, you are sure to come away with new ideas and clarity. The panel will be held in the Cardinal Room Saturday October 8 from 1 – 3 pm. Register online at
or by calling 847-392-0100.
Posted by susanmayer on 07/26/16
Our podcast series concludes today with the story of Ludmilla Strangul Schneider. Born in Tomsk, Russia in 1923, she traveled across the country while the winds of World War II were blowing. Ludmilla continued her migration into Germany. After getting married, she crossed the Atlantic to start a new life in Chicago. Her daughter, Lucy Sears, shares with us the story of her mother's perserverance.
Special thanks to Michael Weiss for composing the music; Sydney Jarol of Programs and Exhibits for editing; and of course Diane Pellettiere, Steve Szabados, Ron Andermann and Lucy Sears for sharing their family heroes.
Please share your thoughts about The Stories of Family Heroes podcast. Thanks for listening! 
Posted by susanmayer on 07/19/16
Ron Andermann joins us for episode three to relate how his father's service in the US Army Signal Corps helped with the development of radar during World War II. Ron brought some of his father's medals, insignia, documents and his uniform in on recording day. It was interesting to see these items up close. I hope you enjoy this interesting look at how the Army served the nation and the world on the home front.
Posted by susanmayer on 07/12/16
In today's episode of Stories of Family Heroes, Steve Szabados shares the story of his grandmother, Anna Chmielewska, who lived through the devastation of Poland during World War I, family tragedies, a journey to a new country, and an arranged marriage.
Posted by susanmayer on 07/05/16
Welcome to the first episode of Stories of Family Heroes, where we learn about an exceptional person in our guest's family tree. Today's episode is the story of Lemuel Olmstead who is the 4th great-grandfather of Diane Pellettiere. Diane describes Lemuel as the definition of a patriot. He was a soldier from Connecticut in the Revolutionary War, was taken prisoner during the battle at Fort Washington. Sit back and enjoy listening to his story.
Posted by susanmayer on 05/03/16
Everyone has someone in their family history who could and should qualify as a hero. Whether they faced overwhelming obstacles, exhibited great bravery, inspired you, or simply taught you important lessons, they are all deserving of having their story told. We are looking for community members who would be willing to share these stories with us, and allow us to share them with the wider community.
Schedule an appointment to share the story of your favorite family hero in a one-on-one interview. We will be collecting stories during the months of May and June, and then broadcasting these conversations as podcasts throughout the month of July. A podcast is similar to episodic radio shows, found on the Internet for listening whenever desired.
Participants will receive a copy of their interview.
If you are interested in participating, please contact Susan Mayer, Specialty Services Advisor at
Posted by susanmayer on 12/04/15
If you missed our class on Finding Your Ancestors Online this morning, you can check out the Powerpoint here.
Posted by mmulholl. on 08/31/15
How do I start my family history? Start with yourself. You then work backwards in time documenting the birth, marriage, and death of your parents, grandparents, great-grandparents, and so on. Need help? Visit our genealogy room and talk with volunteers and library staff who will help you. Check out the information on this page. Take a tour of the collection. Set up a one-on-one appointment with a genealogy librarian. Just come in and browse....welcome!
Posted by mmulholl. on 07/14/15
Do you have Jewish ancestors? If so, please join the program on Sunday, August 9 from 1 - 3:30 p.m. in the Hendrickson Room.
Harriet Rudnit will discuss Jewish research challenges, relevant documents, plus important online sources including, and You can also network with members of the Jewish Genealogical Society of Illinois.
If your status is Confirmed Registration, your spot for the event is confirmed.

If registration for this event is full, you will be placed on a waiting list. Wait listed registrants are moved to the confirmed registration list (in the order of registration) when cancelations are received. You will receive an email notification if you are moved from the wait list to the confirmed registration list.

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