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Posted on 08/31/15 | Comments
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 on 07/14/15 | Comments
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.
Posted on 05/12/15 | Comments
Is family history research easier now since more and more records are becoming available online?
The next online class is Friday, June 5 from 9:30 - 11. Sign up with your Arlington Heights Library card.
Posted on 04/10/15 | Comments
Do you have an ancestor who was in the Civil War? Need help in finding records about their service?
Join us in the Hendrickson Room on Saturday, April 18 from 1:30 pm - 3:30 pm
Jerry Allen, genealogist and Civil War enthusiast,only had a photo and the name of his Union Civil War ancestor. His research took him to the National Archives, a National military park, and other historic sites. He will share his search strategies and resources with you, so you can find your Civil War ancestor!
Register. No Library card required
Posted on 02/25/15 | Comments
Do you have Irish ancestors? Were they easy to find or are they still very elusive! Register for the Irish genealogy class on Saturday, March 14 from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
"A Journey to the ole' sod...How I traced my family to Ireland and ways you can too"
Professional genealogist Terri O' Connell will show that researching your Irish ancestors is a project that requires persistance, patience and creativity.
Posted on 11/21/14 | Comments
The holidays are approaching and families will gather around a table for dinner or around a fireplace. Grandpa and grandma will visit, as well as Uncle John and Aunt Mary. Take a lot of pictures, for sure, but also bring out the old photo album. Ask them to identify anyone you cannot recognise. How did they celebrate the holidays when they were growing up? Were any special foods prepared because of their ethnic or religious background? Ask away! Enjoy the holidays!
Posted on 10/23/14 | Comments
Are your German ancestors from Hanover?
The military records for the Kingdom of Hanover can include a soldier's date and place of birth, his father's name and even a widow's pension. Join us on Saturday, November 8 from 10 a.m. - noon, when Teresa Steinkamp McMillian will discuss her book - Guide to Hanover Milittary Records, 1514-1866, on Microfilm at the Family History Library. This is the only English-language guide to those military records. Register here
Posted on 10/04/14 | Comments
NOW is the time to start your family history!
The holidays are approaching and that is a time for family gatherings. Start asking those questions and bringing out the old photo album. Not sure how to start? Sign up for the Beginner's Genealogy class on October 9. If you miss that one, the last one of the year is November 6. Check our calendar for programs on Swedish, Polish, and military programs. Get a jump start now!
Posted on 08/11/14 | Comments
If you have an ancestor that was in the Civil War and still can't find any information - don't worry--help is here.
The Norhtern Illinois Civil War Ropund Table meets every first Friday of the month here at the librray.
Network with other researchers and find those answers to all your questions. Meetings are open to the public.
Posted on 08/11/14 | Comments
Please join us at the first-ever NORWEGIAN genealogy program!
Saturday, August 23 -- 9:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Topics will includes genealogy resources here and in Norway. There will also be information tables from various Norwegian organizations. Bring your lap top and start finding those ancestors! Register online or call 847-392-0100.
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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