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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

What’s the Buzz About Billiongraves? – Tombstone Tuesday

As a librarian, I hate to send to send my patrons to more than one place to find information.  But when dealing with genealogy research, I often need direct people to multiple resources to help folks find what they need. … Continue reading

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Cemetery Hijinks Do Not Include Stone Tipping – Funny Friday

We’re prepping for our Naperville Cemetery Tour on Wednesday, June 13, and I hope you’re ready to join us! While preparing for our tour, symbolism scavenger hunt, and grave dousing have led me to think about several facets of cemetery … Continue reading

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Tracing your English Ancestors with Pen & Sword Press – Tuesday’s Tip

I’ve been overdosing on British genealogy lately, and I think the blame goes clearly to publisher Pen and Sword Press for their astonishing number of recently published research guides. On my desk right now are titles such as Tracing your … Continue reading

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Genealogy Day 2012 and Sharing Photos Online – Tuesday’s Tip

Hello everyone, I hope you all are enjoying the great spring weather! I’m just now recovering from our amazing Genealogy Day a few weeks ago.  We had a few volunteers from Jane Addams Middle School out for the morning to … Continue reading

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Thanks For An Excellent Genealogy Day!

Dear Genealogy Day Attendees: All of you are amazing!  Jose and I were reading through the comments from your cards and survey forms, and we are so happy that you all enjoyed the program! My deepest thanks to everyone who … Continue reading

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1940 Census Madness or How I Learned to Stay Connected with Facebook and a Phone – Wisdom Wednesday

I have been asked to write a blog entry about my personal family history research experience (now in its ninth year) for about a year now.  My life circumstances have not allowed the free time to make this happen… until … Continue reading

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Genealogy for Kids and Free Beginning Genealogy Classes – Motivation Monday

What does Jennifer Holik do when she’s not preparing for Genealogy Day?   Answer: She writes genealogy books. Yes, she’s published a group of how-to ebooks on Amazon, a non-fiction a World War II account entitled To Soar with the Tigers … Continue reading

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Spring Brings Great Genealogy Reads and Online Shows! – Wisdom Wednesday

I’m always on the lookout for books, movies, and other fun fictional stuff featuring genealogists.  Hollywood and fiction writers love to place genealogists in a lot of the same stereotypes – namely obsessed research-driven people who glorify the deceased and … Continue reading

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Censusfinder.com: An Underestimated Gem – Motivation Monday

When I teach genealogy classes, I like to poll the group for the type of resources they use.  Ancestry.com, FamilySearch, and Cyndi’s List typically make up the big three places for research. I don’t have any complaints with these resources; … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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