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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

Genealogy Club Webinar: Finding an Ancestors Disasterous End – Tombstone Tuesday

We all want a happy ending, but for some of us that may not be how the story ends. As a genealogist, I’ve learned it can be easy to track down an ancestor when they’ve passed away horribly or under … Continue reading

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Try-It Illinois Databases 2012! Great Genealogy Resources for Free! – Tech Tuesday

Attention Illinois residents!  Some of the best genealogy resources online are available for free through the Try-It! Illinois Database trial October 1 – November 30 2012. This annual statewide database trial is sponsored by Secretary of State and State Librarian … Continue reading

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Help with Austrian, Hungarian, and Swiss Research with Retro Resources – Follow Friday

Dear Non-Polish researchers, I’m not ignoring you.  It may seem like it, as the Genealogy Club has hosted two Polish genealogy programs this year.  Ideally, I would love to have more ethnic genealogy speakers, but I have not found anyone to present … Continue reading

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Gearing up for the Fox Valley Genealogical Society 2012 Conference! – Tech Tuesday

When you need help, it’s time to call in the experts.  If you’re looking to harness the power of Ancestry.com to it’s fullest potential, you’re going to want to make a date with Lou. Loretto Dennis “Lou” Szucs, or as … Continue reading

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Sorting Saturday – Pick up a 3 month subscription to Archives.com for $10!

I’m a big believer in genealogy bargains. So imagine my delight when I found a Livingsocial deal featuring a three-month subscription to Archives.com for $10! If you’re not familiar with Livingsocial, this website offers local and national deals on everything … Continue reading

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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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