In Love with Free Online Genealogy Goodies – Follow Friday

Dear Genealogists,

Love is in the air, online, and just a click away.  No, I’m not talking about e-Harmony.  I’m too busy falling in love with the free 1930 census records on Ancestry.com!

From February 16 to 2o, Ancestry is opening its 1930 census online for free.  You’ll find out more about your ancestors as a warm up to the release of the 1940 census in April.

I’ve also learn to love land records again.  This was a thoroughly complicated relationship of long waits, unreturned phone calls, and a lot of anger.  I’d almost given up on the entire thing.  But then Olive Tree Genealogy Blog posted a wonderful article on how to conduct research at the Land Records Office, and I was optimistic and hopeful about the whole affair again!  I can’t wait to renew my relationship with these wonderful records!

I’m looking forward to my birthday in April, and the best present you could give me and to any of your April-born friends is to help index the 1940 census.  FamilySearch has a volunteer page with project information and how you can help make the 1940 census free for everyone!

If you’re in love with a genealogy page, resource, topic, or person, feel free to post them in the comment box.

ALSO: Don’t forget to attend our free upcoming events!

Polish Genealogy: Where to Start with Steve Szabados on Wednesday March 14 at 7 p.m.
Genealogy 101: Where to Begin with Debra Dudek on Wednesday, April 11 at 7 p.m.
Military Genealogy with Tina Beaird on Wednesday, May 9 at 7 p.m.

Genealogy Day will be held Saturday, April 21 at 9:30 am!  Registration is free and is available online or by calling (630) 685-4176.

Jennifer Holik-Urban – Finishing the Story
Jeanne Bloom – Lost Children: Orphans, Vagrants, Delinquents, Half-Orphans, Dependents, Surrendered, Adopted
Craig Pfannkuche – Digging Grandma’s Privy for Family History Information
Jane Haldeman – From Land Records to Google Earth: Mapping your Family’s Place

Remember my friends, the best thing about free online goodies is the lack of guilt you feel after you’ve enjoyed them!

See you at the library!

Debra

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About Fountaindale Public Library District's Genealogy Blog

The Fountaindale Public Library Genealogy Blog transmits research tips, notes, and other useful information for genealogy, family history, and local history researchers. This blog is maintained and authored by Adult and Teen Services Manager Debra M. Dudek, and contains publications and postings by Circulation Manager Theresa Hildebrand, Children's Services Assistant Cathy Gonsowski, and School Program Associate Laura Didier. The Fountaindale Public Library District offers numerous resources for the public, including books, materials, database access, a monthly genealogy club, and free programming. The Genealogy Club also offers volunteer research assistance by appointment. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact the library at (630) 685-4176 or by e-mail at genealogy@fountaindale.org
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