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Posted by mmulholl. on 12/14/11
The holidays bring families together in many different ways. What a perfect time to start asking questions about your ancestors. How did they celebrate this season? What kind of presents did they get? Get out those old photos and see if someone can identify those people. Call or email a distant cousin and share information with them. Take a lot of pictures or even make an iMovie of your family. Who knows? You may now have an idea for a New Year's resolution!
Posted by mmulholl. on 11/29/11
The winter holidays are upon us! Whether you trim a tree, light a menorah, or just relax by the fire, this is the season for family gatherings. How does your family celebrate the holidays? How did your parents? Grandparents? Are you continuing holiday customs because of your religious or ethnic background? Will you start new ones? Start thinking of unique ways to remember you family--present and past. After all, 'tis the season!
Posted by mmulholl. on 11/03/11
Do you have Swedish ancestors and need a liitle help with your research. You can register for a 30-minute appointment with Kathy Meade. Kathy Meade  has more than seven years’ experience helping people trace their Swedish ancestry will help you with your research using Ancestry’s Swedish Church Records collection. Kathy can also direct you to additional research sources. Please call 847-392-0100 to register.
Posted by mmulholl. on 10/25/11
Just starting out in genealogy? You can still register for the Beginner's Help class on Thursday, November 10 from 7:30 - 9:30 p.m. Register online or call 847- 392-0100. Can't make it on Thursday? Sign up for a one-on-one appointment with the Local History Genealogy Librarian. Register here. See you soon!
Posted by mmulholl. on 10/25/11
I have met a lot of people who think New York was the only port of entry for their ancestor. Not so! There were several ports of entry The five major ports on the east coast were Boston, New York, Philadelphia, Baltimore and New Orleans along the Gulf. There were also smaller ports such as Galveston, Biloxi, Norfolk just to name a few. Don't forget the west coast as well as Canadian and Mexican border crossing stations.
If you can't find them in New York, now you know where to look!
Posted by mmulholl. on 09/21/11
No, it’s not the name of a law firm. These are old names of occupations. If a census record lists an occupation you are not familiar with, you may have a very interesting ancestor. Coopers made barrels, tinkers repaired pots and pans, and wheelwrights made and repaired wagon wheels. In 1870, my great-great grandfather was listed as a teamster. Does that mean he drove a truck? Of course not, he drove a wagon with a team of horses! What in the world did your ancestor do for a living?        
Posted by mmulholl. on 09/15/11
The Arlington Day was a local newspaper that only ran from January 1966 to March 1970. Read about life in Arlington Heights during the turbulent 60s. We are the only library that has the Arlington Day microfilm which is located in the Magazines & Newspapers department. In preparation for the 125th anniversary of Arlington Heights, this will be a unique source of local history featuring news, business advertisements, and obituaries. Remember back in "The Day?"
Posted by mmulholl. on 08/25/11
Just starting your genealogy research? We are here to help you.
Every second Thursday of the month, a genealogy volunteer is available to show you how to start your research. The dates are September 8, October 13, and November 10. The class is from 7:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. in the Shackley Room located on the second floor of the library. Sign up online under Events or call 847-392-0100. Can't come in the evening? You can make an appointment with me and I will be glad to meet with you. Let's get started!
Posted by mmulholl. on 08/17/11
Do you have an ancestor who was involved in the Revolutionary War in some way? If so, you might be eligible to join the DAR-The Daughters of the American Revolution. If you discover that your ancestor was in the military or otherwise contributed to the fight for independence, come visit the Local History/Genealogy room on Tuesday afternoons. The volunteer on duty is a member of the Eli Skinner Chapter of the DAR. She will be glad to help you with your research.  Who was Eli Skinner? Click here to find out. Gentlemen, don't worry , you may be eligible to join the SAR--the Sons of the American Revolution. Check out the Illinois Chapter!
Posted by mmulholl. on 07/27/11
Most people starting to research their genealogy today, start online. Genealogists are finding and sharing information on the Internet, Facebook, and Twitter, while using their laptop, iPhone, or iPad. The new technology has dramatically changed the way we hunt for our ancestors. Read about it here.
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