Write it down

One of my passions as a genealogy librarian is encouraging people to write their family history stories. I firmly believe that the names, dates, and places on our family trees are much more interesting to most of our family if they are shared in interesting stories. Are you ready to write your family story? Probably…

Happy Birthday, FamilySearch.org

On May 24, 1999, the genealogy world welcomed the launch of a website called FamilySearch.org, a new and different way of researching ancestors with free images and indexed records. In the ensuing 20 years, we genealogists have come to rely on FamilySearch.org as one of the top online sites for our research. We find an…

Not Your Grandmother’s DAR

On February 21, Michelle Wilson will be at the Cook Park Library in Libertyville at 7 p.m. to help us find out more about applying for membership in a lineage society. Wilson is the Registrar for our local Ansel Brainerd Cook Chapter of the DAR so she will focus primarily on the DAR but will…

Upcoming Genealogy Webinar

Have you ever considered what will happen to your years of genealogy research once you’re gone? Join popular genealogy speaker Thomas MacEntee in a live webinar on Thursday, January 17 at 7 p.m. at the Aspen Drive Library, as he addresses this important topic. Through a combination of planning, common sense, and new technologies, we’ll…

Finding Anders

While researching a family story about brothers who emigrated from Sweden, genealogists on Facebook were the ones who helped me the most. My great-grandfather Herman Peterson was born in Sweden and lived in Princeton, Illinois after he came to America. As the story goes, Herman had a brother who emigrated with him from Sweden; one…