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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

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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Be There or Be Square: FPLD Genealogy Club Speaker Schedule updated! – Motivation Monday

What do you have to lose?  Make a resolution to attend more Fountaindale Public Library Genealogy Club programs! We have three great speakers ready to help motivate you to success!  The FPLD Genealogy Club meets on the second Wednesday of … Continue reading

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New Tech Tools That Will Make You Drool – Tech Tuesday

I’m always on the lookout for genealogy tech tools.  Gadgets, software, websites, I love to look at all the cool new stuff and demo as much of it as I can. With the holiday season approaching, retailers and websites are … Continue reading

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Illinois opens original birth certificates to adoptees! – Tuesdays’s Tip

Have you heard the great news genealogists? The next phase of the new Illinois open records adoption law went into effect this week.  As of November 15th, adopted persons over the age of 21 who were born in Illinois on … Continue reading

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Free DNA Genealogy Presentation Nov. 10 at the Fountaindale Library – Thrifty Thursday

Demystify your DNA research with a fantastic fall program at the Fountaindale Public Library! Noted genealogist and author Dave Dowell will present “Adding DNA Testing to your Genealogical Tool Kit” and sign copies of his new book Crash Course in … Continue reading

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