Saturday, June 6, 2015

Free online sessions thru June- Thank you FHL!

In case you hadn't heard, Family History Library has started a suite of online lectures. What an impressive offering!  The first session has already occurred, but check out the remaining sessions below:

FHL Sessions Available Online For Free
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The FamilySearch Family History Library in Salt Lake City is offering ten free, online lectures during June.

Thursday, 4 June, 7 pm Danish Research Strategies

Thursday, 11 June, 6 pm Beginning American Indian Research

Saturday, 13 June, 1 pm Hispanic Online Resources (in English)

Wednesday, 17 June, 11 am Preserving Our Slovak Roots in the 21st Century

Saturday, 20 June, 1 pm La Información Matrimonial
Saturday, 20 June, 2 pm Los Registros de Aspirantes al Sacerdocio y Limpiezas de Sangre
Saturday, 20 June, 3 pm Las Capellanías y Cofradías

Tuesday, 23 June, 7 pm Case History: How to find ancestors in Digitalarkivet of Norway

Thursday, 25 June, 6 pm African-American Research: Using Plantation Records

Thursday, 25 June, 7 pm Hamburg Passenger Lists

For more information, click one of the class links, or see "The Family History Library Announces Free Classes—June, 2015" on the FamilySearch blog.

Friday, June 5, 2015

Program this Saturday - CSI Meets Genealogy

"CSI Meets Genealogy" with President of Life Scene Investigations-Chicago, Gerald Schmidt

Upon retiring from the San Francisco Police Department in late 2009, Gerry consulted on several projects involving automated identification technologies including Rapid DNA analysis. In addition, as a latent fingerprint examiner, Gerry prepared hundreds of unidentified crime scene fingerprints for search and comparison using the FBI's Universal Latent Workstation.   

Gerry currently devotes more and more of his time conducting genealogical research on behalf of family, friends and local clients.  He will compare a CSI crime scene with limited space where you need to find every possible clue with genealogical research which often starts with a vast area from which to collect clues.

Join us!
Saturday, June 6, 2015 at 1:30 p.m.
Newberry Library, 60 W. Walton Street, Chicago

Friday, May 8, 2015

Extinction of Call Slips: Newberry Library Goes Live with Aeon

The online circulation system allows Newberry
readers to request collection items electronically

Newberry readers no longer must fill out call slips to view collection items in the reading rooms! What was once a time-consuming and (depending on the volume of requests) physically demanding task, can now be done with the click of a mouse. On May 1, the Newberry went live with Aeon, a web-based circulation system integrated into the library's online catalog. Readers create a user account at and then submit their requests from the Newberry's online catalog records and finding aid inventories. The future is now! Learn more about the transition to Aeon and the extinction of call slips.

May 2015
Newberry readers can now request collection items with the click of a mouse. After creating an account through Aeon, a web-based circulation system that can be accessed at, readers will be able to search for materials and submit requests for them seamlessly. This means no more filling out call slips by hand, a time-consuming and (often) physically demanding process.

“Aeon will transform how all our readers, including staff, request items from the Newberry,” says Director of Reader Services Will Hansen. “Browsing our collection and placing requests can occur in quick succession because request links will be available on pages in our online catalog and in Newberry finding aids.”

Just look for the “request” link in catalog records and manuscript inventories. The new system will allow users to track their request history and queue up collection materials of interest over the course of an extended research visit to the Newberry.

Readers new to the Newberry as well as those already in possession of a reader’s card will create an Aeon account at and complete the registration in person in the library’s third-floor reference room.

Please consult our frequently asked questions about Aeon, or speak with a friendly Newberry staff member for further information.

(reposted via Newberry Library's blog)

Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Join us! CGS PROGRAM: GRANT PARK – The Evolution of Chicago’s Front Yard

Join us for Chicago Genealogical Society's Program May 2, 2015!

Aerial View of Grant Park, Chicago IL
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In 1836, only three years after Chicago was founded, Chicagoans set aside the first narrow shoreline as public ground and declared it “forever open, clear and free…” Chicago historian and author Dennis H. Cremin reveals that despite such intent, the transformation of Grant Park to the spectacular park it is more than 175 years later was a gradual process. Throughout the book, Dr. Cremin (Professor of History/Director of the Lewis University History Center) shows that while Grant Park’s landscape and uses have changed, the public ground continues to serve as a “calling card to visitors”.

Join us at the Newberry Library 
60 W. Walton Street, Chicago, IL 
May 2, 2015 @ 1:30
This event is FREE and open to the public.