Author Archives: Fountaindale Public Library District's Genealogy Blog

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

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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Find Free Genealogy Resources @ Try-It Illinois October 1 – November 30, 2011! – Follow Friday

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 2011. This twelfth annual statewide database trial is sponsored by Secretary of State and State … Continue reading

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Utilizing Spokeo for Genealogy Research – Thankful Thursday

The ancient Greek philosophers have urged countless generations to “Know Thyself”. Now there’s a website that can tell you (and others) who you are with one mouse click. Spokeo.com, a split personality website which marries online ‘white pages’ with an … Continue reading

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Minding the Gap in Post-WWII Immigration/Refugee Genealogy Records – Society Saturday

Each patron query is an opportunity to learn something new. My case in point from last week -My patron has been seeking records on Lithuanian immigrant A. Bartkus and his family. Anything goes.  My patron didn’t really have much to … Continue reading

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Tracing your Legal Ancestors – Tuesday’s Tip

I’ve resisted tackling the UK legal portion of my research for some time.  At first glance, the British legal system seems like a mess of courts, divisions, and terminology which might trip up a full trained American lawyer.  Needless to … Continue reading

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Looking at Rootsireland.ie – Those Places Thursday

I’ve had limited luck researching Irish records.  It’s not that I don’t think I’m trying hard enough, I just think the ‘luck of the Irish’ is simply not with me on this endeavor.  When I think strategically about Irish research, … Continue reading

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Free Family History Writing Class – Thrifty Thursday

Is your family story too good to keep in the family?  Was great-grandpa a train robber?  Was great-great grandma a college graduate?  Your family may be littered with black sheep and canonized saints, but that won’t keep their stories alive … Continue reading

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