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News from the Research Desk

News from the Research Desk Blog

New Genealogy Television Show

Are you looking for ways to further your family history research?  One of the best ways to do this is to learn how others are facing their genealogy challenges.  Ancestry, the company which makes the online resource available, has announced it is sponsoring a new television show debuting on NBC which features real people and their personal discoveries. Roots Less Traveled follows a pair of family members​ who bond over their joint quest to learn more about their shared family history.

The series features relatives as they set out on an adventure to solve mysteries in their family tree. . In partnership with Ancestry®, they learn how their past has shaped their present and through this shared journey how family bonds are deepened.

Roots Less Traveled joins the Saturday NBC morning programming block, The More You Know, beginning April 4, 2020. Please check your local listings for further details. Episodes will also stream on and Hulu.


Time to Start Vegetable Gardening

Page 3 | royalty free plant nursery photos free download | PiqselsNow that we are past the Vernal equinox, the sun is stronger and it’s time to start planting/planning for the 2020 growing season.
If you have pepper, tomato, eggplant or basil seeds, you should be starting them now to transplant outside in 6-8 weeks.
Plant them in small containers/flats, a few seeds in each container/cell filled with potting soil or seed germination mix.
Put them in a sunny, warm spot (or under lights on a heat mat), keep them moist and wait for them to germinate.
After the seedlings sprout their first true leaves, transplant/thin them to one seedling per container/cell.

Lettuce, peas, kale, chard/beets, carrots and other cold weather vegetables can start to be planted in outdoor beds. A low tunnel can expedite germination and keep insects from your seedlings.

For more information, please log in to the Web Resources page (MPPL card number and PIN required) and access Article Finder. There, you can search for current how-to gardening articles (try using the terms: “seed starting,” “low tunnels” or even “vegetable gardening”).

If you need assistance with access or other questions, please use our Live Chat service or email:

Mount Prospect Census 2020: Have you been counted?

Mount Prospect Census 2020Starting March 12 through March 20, 95% of all households in the U.S. will receive an initial invitation to respond to the 2020 Census in their mailboxes. They will receive a unique household I.D. with instructions on how to complete online, by phone or by mail. To complete online, please visit:

Staff at the Library are ready to assist you with any related issues including helping to complete forms online. Please contact staff with your questions or through our online chat service available Monday – Friday, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m., Saturday and Sunday, 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.

For more info and to view the Mount Prospect Census Video (a collaboration between the Library and the Village), please see:

Financial Tools and Resources During COVID-19

Financial advisor Karen Chan has compiled an extensive list of resources, links and updates for individuals and businesses affected by COVID-19. Karen has been educating the public about financial topics for twenty-five years; she presents programs at libraries throughout the greater Chicago metropolitan area and for organizations such as the Illinois Municipal Retirement Fund. Karen was one of the founding Money Smart Week partners in 2002 and has been an active partner throughout Money Smart Week’s history. Check out the resources at her website HERE.


Free Photo Colorization from MyHeritage

Would you like see your family’s black and white photographs in a new light? You may want to look into a service offered by the genealogy online resource MyHeritage. The company revolutionized the world of online genealogy web sites recently when the company announced that anyone could upload black-and-white photographs to and then the web site would AUTOMATICALLY convert each photo to a color image.  This service was only available to people who had a full MyHeritage subscription.  Now EVERYONE can obtain FREE and unlimited access to MyHeritage In Color™ from March 23 to April 23, 2020. Ordinarily only 10  photos can be colorized by users who do not have a Complete plan, but now, you can colorize as many photos as you’d like for free.  A free online access subscription is required if you would like MyHeritage to add the photos to their extensive photograph collection.

To get started, go to