News from the Reference Desk Category: Genealogy

New Web Resource: Newspapers.com Library Edition

Newspapers.com Library Edition is an extensive online database of 4,000+ historical newspapers from the early 1700s into the 2000s. It contains a diverse blend of well-known regional and local newspapers in the U.S. and other countries. Here, you will find articles from The Daily Herald from 1902 to 2009.

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Getting History Right: Mayflower’s 400th and Your Own Family Story

Mayflower in Plymouth Harbor paintingThanksgiving Day, 2019 marks the start of the 400th annual celebration of the landing of the Mayflower ship at Plymouth, Massachusetts.  The celebration committee is working hard to look beyond the myth of Thanksgiving and colonial experiences to better tell the stories of the women of the Mayflower and the Native American tribes which lived in the area.  You can learn about some of the plans for this commemoration in this recent article from the Boston Globe newspaper.

collection of old family photographsGreat events like the coming of the Mayflower and colonial people’s interactions with Native American tribes are made up of many individual stories of individuals and families.  Those stories can be easily lost if not shared.  A recent article from Good Housekeeping magazine explains the current situation and offers some tips for encouraging young and old family members to start sharing and collecting these stories. Don’t let your family history be left out of the historical record.  Mount Prospect Public Library has a strong collection of print and online sources that can help individuals research and document their family histories.  Come to the Research Services desk or contact genealogy librarian Anne Shaughnessy for more information.  Let’s get history right.

New Genealogy Resource

October is Family History Month, and the Library is celebrating by announcing the acquisition of My Heritage, a genealogy subscription database. Like Ancestry Library Edition and Ancestry.com, My Heritage has indexed census, vital records and family tree information. My Heritage,however, can be accessed at home by Mount Prospect Public Library cardholders! To find more clues to your family MyHeritage web resource iconhistory check out this resource either in the Library or at home. Please remember that the Library Research Services staff is available to help you search this database and any of the others in our collection. You may also set up an appointment with Genealogy Librarian, Anne Shaughnessy. Let’s celebrate our families, past and present!

Mount Prospect in the News

Events in Mount Prospect over the past 100 years have been documented by a few local newspapers; occasionally the Chicago Tribune would make brief mentions of the village, and the Daily Herald has been a source of Mount Prospect news since 1901.

Two other newspapers were focused just on Mount Prospect. Both papers document life in Mount Prospect during challenging times in history:


From 1932-1942 the Mount Prospect Review covered local events during the Great Depression and early World War II years.
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From April 1966 to June 1970 The Prospect Day covered events during a time of great growth and change in Mount Prospect. Digital copies of these newspapers are searchable on the MPPL website.

The Mount Prospect Review and the historical Daily Herald can be searched through the web resource Newspaper Archive. This source is only available in the Library. The Prospect Day was recently digitized and is available on the MPPL website on this page. The Historical Chicago Tribune, Newspaper Archive and Prospect Day can also be accessed by going to the newspapers section of the Web Resources page of the MPPL website.

If you have questions about how to use these resources, please ask for assistance at the Research Services Desk, call the desk at 847-253-5675 or chat online with a librarian.

Cook County Marriage Applications

Cook County Clerk David Orr recently announced a new online feature allowing soon-to-be newlyweds the opportunity to fill out most of their marriage application license information online.  Illinois law requires that before a couple marries, they must appear before the clerk in the county where they will be married to sign and complete their marriage license application and pay the fee ($60 in Cook County).  In the past the couple had to complete the whole process in the Clerk’s office.  Now they can start the process at home by going to this section of the county clerk’s website.  The process will still need to be completed at the Clerk’s office but with the online application feature the time spent there will be less than 10 minutes.  For more information about marriage application procedures and requirements please go online to the Cook County Clerk’s website.

The Cook County Clerk’s office has also made an index of Cook County marriage records 50 years or older available online at Cook County Genealogy Online.  This is only an index.  You must still pay for a copy of the actual record.  For $16.75 you can purchase a copy of the full record online with a credit card and receive the record immediately as a zip file.  Cook County Genealogy Online also includes indexes of Cook County birth records 75 years or older and Cook County death records of 20 years or older.