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Genealogy & Local History Resources

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Computer Workshops & Programs
Immigration Records

Wednesday, May 20, 2-3:30 PM

Find your immigrant ancestors. Learn about different types of immigration records, where to find them, and how to use them.

NEW! European Genealogy

Friday, June 5, 10-11:30 AM

Learn how to find European sources for your immigrant ancestors.

The Unforgettable Story of Unbroken with Byron Kinney

Saturday, June 13, 1-3:30 PM

The story of the best-selling book Unbroken by Laura Hillenbrand, about the life of WWII P.O.W. survivor Louis Zamperini, is a riveting story of survival, suffering, salvation, and forgiveness. WWII Air Force B-29 pilot Byron Kinney will share his personal connection to this fascinating story via his mission to Japan, which was instrumental in saving 700 starving POWs—including Zamperini. Mr. Kinney will also speak about the continuing story of their relationship, especially during the past 25 years. In partnership with the North Suburban Genealogical Society.

Discover FamilySearch.org

Wednesday, July 29, 2-3:30 PM

Discover the impressive free database and extensive online services offered by this nonprofit genealogy organization.

Computer Classes

Explore special Genealogy topics with a series of seasonal computer classes.

Current schedule is available here.

Blog

Visit the Genealogy & Local History Blog
for classes, meetings, and other great resources in the area.

FamilySearch Affiliate Library

Glenview Library is now a FamilySearch affiliate library. Patrons have access to FamilySearch’s circulating microfilms of historic and genealogical records. Access the Family History Library Catalog: familysearch.org/catalog-search. Fees apply; to be paid by the patron.

Helpful Websites
A Look At Cook

Find maps that identify enumeration districts, census research tools, street number and street name changes, and 1928-1929 Polk Criss-Cross Directory.

Chicago Daily News
Digital Image Collection

Over 55,000 images of urban life captured on glass plate negatives between 1902 and 1933.

Cook County Genealogy

Historical Cook County birth, marriage, and death records.

Cyndi’s List

Your starting point for genealogy research online.

Encyclopedia of Chicago

Chicago metropolitan area history at your fingertips.

FamilySearch

Free family history, family tree, and genealogy records, and resources from around the world.

Homicide in Chicago 1870-1930

Chronicles 11,000 homicides in the city during these years.

Illinois State Archives: Online Databases

Index for Illinois public domain land tract sales, servitude and emancipation, veterans, births, marriages, deaths, and local government, from 1763 to 1950.

National Archives

Search electronic records, including military personnel records, and other historic data files, from 1800 to the present.

Petitions For Naturalization

Archive of Declarations of Intention petitions filed by those wishing to become U.S. citizens.

A special collection of more than 300 books, periodicals, original genealogies, and local histories donated to the library by Mrs. Gertrude Lundberg (PDF) and her family, who were also professional genealogists. The Lundberg Collection is housed in the Genealogy and Local History Room.

Area Resources

Helpful organizations for genealogical research in the Glenview area

Cemeteries In & Around Glenview (PDF)

A list of historic cemeteries in which members of Glenview founding families are buried.

Churches in Glenview (PDF)

This list of Glenview churches includes locations, contact information, and year founded.

Genealogy & Local History Blog

Visit the Glenview Public Library’s Genealogy & Local History blog to discover helpful information about books, meetings, programs, websites, and more.

Glenview Digital Archives

Includes historic photographs and documents of the Glenview area.

Glenview Family Trees

Family trees for many of the founding families of Glenview.

Glenview History File (PDF)

Housed in the Genealogy & Local History Room, this file contains clippings from local newspapers.

Glenview Master Index (PDF)

An index of people and places which can be found in the library's local history materials.

Glenview Obituary Index

An index of obituaries from local sources.

Newspapers (PDF)

List of Glenview newspapers on microfilm available for your research purposes.

Telephone Directories (PDF)

List of Glenview and North Suburban phone books located in the Genealogy & Local History Room.

Volunteer Opportunities

Looking to volunteer in the community? Are you a genealogist? The Glenview Public Library is seeking volunteers to help patrons use the resources in the new Genealogy & Local History Room. Print an application form (PDF).

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