FREE GENEALOGY WEBINARS! Check out our live stream of events for Genealogy Day 2016 – Thrifty Thursday

Who doesn’t love a free webinar? Join us for Fountaindale Public Library’s sixth annual Genealogy Day with a live stream of our program on Saturday, May 7, 2016 from 9:30 am to 4pm CST!

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This year’s theme is “Hunting Down Sensational Stories” and will feature three outstanding presentations:

Using HistoryLines to Tell Your Family Story  with Adam Allgaier (9:30 a.m.- 11 am CST)
Sensational Deaths and Where to Find Them with Tina Beaird (11:30 a.m. – 1 pm CST)
Tracking Infamous Ancestors in Court Records with Ray Johnson (2:15 p.m.- 4 p.m. CST)

Downloadable Handouts:
HistoryLines
Sensational Deaths and How to Find Them
Investigating Infamous Ancestors

We will be fielding questions from the chat feature during each live stream.  You can also tweet your questions and comments on our twitter handle: @FPLDGenealogy

Can’t watch the program live?  Don’t worry!  All our sessions will be recorded and available to watch later on YouTube.  Feel free to share our webinar with friends, family, society groups, or the newbie genealogist you just met.  You can register for an email reminder online here.

See You At The Webinar!
Debra

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Genealogy Day 2016: Hunting Down Sensational Stories – Wisdom Wednesday

Join us for Fountaindale Public Library’s sixth annual Genealogy Day on Saturday, May 7, 2016 from 9:30 am to 4pm! Genealogy Day is free and open to the public!   In addition to the speakers, participants will enjoy Door Prizes, Society Booths, on the spot digital photo restorations, and three outstanding lecture topics!
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This year’s theme is “Hunting Down Sensational Stories” and will feature three outstanding presentations:

Using HistoryLines to Tell Your Family Story  with Adam Allgaier
Sensational Deaths and Where to Find Them with Tina Beaird
Tracking Infamous Ancestors in Court Records with Raymond Johnson

Due to the spectacular success of our Irish Genealogy: Resources for Success webinar earlier this month, our library will be streaming all Genealogy Day lectures online for free via YouTube!  Additional details and online registration will be announced next month!

Also: photography expert and historian Bruce Troyer will be available during lunch to examine and help you identify two photos from your collection. Bruce can help you identify what type of photos you have, the date in which they were taken, and information regarding their origin. This program requires a separate sign up and is limited to 12 consultations, so please register early.

Studio 300’s Anna Gillespie will also be be available with her digital software to perform on the spot photo restorations during break periods, so bring two photos, negatives, or slides and an 8 GB flash drive if you would like to save copies of your digitized items.

Participants are asked to bring a brown-bag lunch or Box Lunch Order Form. Due to limited parking, please carpool or make arrangements to be dropped off for this event.

For more information, please call Debra Dudek at (630) 685-4201.  Register for this event online here, or sign-up by phone at (630) 685-4176.

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On the Waitlist? Watch our Irish Genealogy Workshop Webinar! – Wisdom Wednesday

Due to popular demand, the Ulster Historical Foundation has graciously allowed us irelandmapto stream our Irish Genealogy: Resources for Success program online for free via YouTube on Wednesday, March 16 from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.!

All the documents, handouts, and links will be included in the description fields below the video.  We will also have a chat feature for you to ask questions at the end of each session.  The video stream will be archived and available for 30 days after the program, so you can revisit any topics you need again!

Due to time constrains in our YouTube agreement, we are streaming the program in four parts.  Here are the links to each session:

(NOTE: Due to our streaming media agreement with the Ulster Historical Foundation, the webinar is no longer available for viewing. 4/15/2016)

Part 1: Introduction to Irish and Scots-Irish Family History   (9:30 a.m. to 11 a.m.)
Part 2: Using Land Records: Griffith’s Valuation, Tithe and Estate Records (11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.)
Part 3: Census Substitutes and Church Records (1:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.)
Part 4: Sources for Finding Seventeenth Century Families in Ireland (3:45 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.)

Downloadable Handouts for the Webinar
Researching Irish Ancestors – An Introduction (2016)
National Library of Ireland Guide to Family History
National Archives of Ireland General Guide
National Archives of Ireland Help Notes
Ulster Historical Foundation – Historical_Timeline
Timeline for the Plantation of Ulster
PRONI Guides to Family History
PRONI Guides to Local History
PRONI Guides to Emigration
ALSO: The Ulster Historical Foundation lecturers will be making a stop at the Newberry Library on Thursday, March 10, 2016 during their North American Genealogical Lecture Tour.  For more details on the Newberry Library program, please call (312) 255-3700.

 

Cool resources to help you with your Irish research!

FutureLearn Irish Lives
Free Online Irish History Class –
FutureLearn.com is offering a free online class entitled “Irish Lives in War and Revolution: Exploring Ireland’s History 1912-1923 “.  This class is open to anyone and begins on Monday, March 14, just a few days before our program!

Dublin Rising City Hall
Check out the DublinRising Online Tour – This year marks the centennial of the Easter Rising.  The National Library of Ireland and Google Maps has put together an outstanding tour of the places, people, and artifacts of the Irish Independence movement. You can visit the site online at https://dublinrising.withgoogle.com/.
I am at your service to assist with questions before, during, and after the program!  You can contact me by phone at (630) 685-4201 or by e-mail at ddudek@fountaindale.org.
See you at the Library!
Debra
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What did your ancestors say about Valentine’s Day? – Treasure Chest Thursday

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What words of love were shared between your loved ones on Valentines Day?   American culture has been quite attached to Valentines Day ever since the first Miss Esther A. Howland created our country’s first “fancy” valentine in 1849.  Valentine’s Day was a popular holiday in the United Kingdom, and it soon catapulted to popularity here in the states due to our appetite for tokens of romantic love, family, and beauty.  Valentines made Miss Howland rich beyond her wildest imaginings, and her shrewd business sense made her one of the wealthiest business women of her time.

A Valentine MessageSo now that a delivery device was available, what do you write in the card?  There were several etiquette books to provide structure of politeness and just the right amount of sentimentality.  If you’re looking for a few hints yourself, you can read Social Etiquette of New York by Abby Buchanan Longstreet.  Young people were invited to write their sentiments for prizes, with many of their entries becoming the fodder of local newspapers.  The Los Angeles Herald printed this article in their 1910 newspaper, with information of the writer and their school included.  Great stuff!

So now you’re looking for the words of your ancestors.  Have you tried looking through Valentines online on CardCow.com?  Here are a few lovely examples of the love notes shared between our ancestors:

Postcard Back, 1909 Feb-9 Postmark

9 Feb 1909 – To Irwin Letts (Orange, New York)

Postcard Back

Circ 1910 to Thelma Radwell from Edith Stahl (Stonington, IL)

Postcard Back, Feb-12 Postmark

Feb-12 to Mr. Lloyd Hill (Seattle, Washington)

You will also want to check out A Very British Romance, an excellent documentary of love and courtship through the ages.  You can watch it for free on YouTube.  I was really amazed to see how our ideas of love and courtship have developed with social influences, especially with the rise of the romance novel!

Do you have a library card? Because I’m checking you out!

Debra

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Registration Open for Free Irish Genealogy Workshop! – Thrifty Thursday

The Fountaindale Public Library District and the Plainfield Public Library District are hosting “Irish Genealogy: Resources for Success!” – a full day Irish genealogy workshop with the Ulster Historical Foundation on Wednesday,March 16, 2016 from 9:30 am to 4:30 pm at the Fountaindale Public Library, 300 W. Briarcliff Road in Bolingbrook, IL.

irelandmapThis multi-session program will feature the following sessions:

  • Introduction to Irish and Scots-Irish Family History Research (Part 1) (9:30-10:15)
  • Introduction to Irish and Scots-Irish Family History Research (Part 2) (10:15– 11:00)
  • Using Land Records: Griffith’s Valuation, Tithe and Estate Records  (11:30-12:30)
  • LUNCH (12:30–1:30)
  • Census Substitutes and other Important Sources for the Eighteenth and Nineteenth Centuries: Strategies for Success   (1:30-2:30)
  • Records Related to the Different Churches in Ireland (2:30-3:30)
  • Sources for Finding Seventeenth Century Families in Ireland – (3:45–4:15)
  • Q&A (4:15–4:30)

Can’t attend the presentation in person?  No problem!  The program will be available for free as a streaming webinar on YouTube! (Details to follow!)

Participants will enjoy light snacks, handouts, door prizes, and the opportunity to purchase Ulster Historical Society books during the program.  Participants are asked to bring a brown bag lunch or to pre-order a box lunch from Brooks Cafe.

The program is free, however space is limited to 75 participants and walk-in registration may not be available.  Reserve your space in the program online or call the Fountaindale Public Library 3rd Floor Reference Desk at (630) 685-4176.

The Ulster Historical Foundation will be making a stop at the Newberry Library on Thursday, March 10, 2016 during their North American Genealogical Lecture Tour.  For more details on the Newberry Library program, please call (312) 255-3700.

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Take a Free Beginning Genealogy Class Online with FutureLearn! – Motivation Monday

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I have waxed poetic about FutureLearn and its amazing free online classes in previous posts.  I’ve learned a lot from their history and forensic science courses, and I really enjoyed the course “England in the Time of Richard III,” which proved to be very popular given the 2014 archaeological discovery of the last Plantagenet king buried under a Leicester parking lot.

In an e-mail update today, FutureLearn announced the addition of Genealogy: Researching Your Family Tree to the spring schedule.  The class is six weeks and begins on March 14, 2016.  This course is sure to be a boon to beginning genealogists, as this no-cost class offers participants the opportunity to learn techniques from my University of Strathclyde graduate school professor Tahitia McCabe.  Ms. McCabe is a fabulous instructor and educator, and the combination of reading, coursework, and online discussion boards will give participants a way to share their genealogical thoughts experiences.   When you’re finished with the FutureLearn Genealogy class, you may wish to pursue online coursework in the genealogical program at the University of Strathclyde.  The course looks daunting, but I can assure you it is a worthwhile experience to any researcher!

You may also want to enroll in Irish Lives in War and Revolution: Exploring Ireland’s History 1912-1923, which begins on March 14, 2016.  The centennial of the Easter Rising is just a few months away, and if you’re researching your Irish ancestry, it is well worth your while to know the background of Ireland’s Independence movement.

See You At the Library!
Debra

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Genealogy Club 2016 Events Schedule – Society Saturday

The Fountaindale Public Library Genealogy Club will host series of exciting programs and monthly meetings in 2016.  All programs are free and open to the public.  Registration is required or encouraged for larger all-day events due to attendance limitations.  More information on our two live streaming events will be available in a separate blog post.  All our live streaming events are free and will be available to view on YouTube.

Wednesday, January 13   7 p.m.
You Use WHAT for Genealogy? 
Presented by Thomas MacEntee

Wednesday, February 10   7 p.m.
Cemetery Sleuthing
Presented by Patricia Biallas

Sunday, February 21   2 p.m.
Polish Genealogical Society of America Program
The Family Tapestry: Integrating Proof Arguments Into the Genealogical Narrative
Presented Jeanne Larzalere Bloom

Wednesday, March 9    7 p.m.
Researching at Appomattox Courthouse
Presented by Dr. Danial Hubbard

Wednesday, March 16   9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.  LIVE STREAM ON YOUTUBE!
Irish Genealogy: Resources for Success!
Presented by the Ulster Historical Foundation
The Fountaindale Public Library and the Plainfield Public Library District will host an all day seminar on Irish genealogical research presented by the Ulster Historical Foundation. The program will include topics for both the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland. Participants are asked to bring a brown bag lunch or to order a box lunch from Brooks Cafe.
Registration opens January 1, 2016 by phone (630) 685-4176 or online on our website.

Wednesday, April 13   7 p.m.
Using Fold3
Presented by Caron Brennan

Saturday, May 7   9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.   LIVE STREAM ON YOUTUBE!
Genealogy Day – Hunting Down Sensational Stories 
Three fantastic speakers will show you new tools and research methods to find the sensational stories experienced by your ancestors. Registration begins February 14, 2016 by phone (630) 685-4176 or online on our website.

Wednesday, May 11  7 p.m.
Will County Illinois Resources
Presented by Tina Beaird

Wednesday, June 8   7 p.m.
Uncle Jake’s Farm: Federal Land A-Z
Presented by S. Elizabeth Ross

Wednesday, September 14  7 p.m.
Looking Beyond A Will: Probate Records
Presented by Jane Haldman

Wednesday, October 12   7 p.m.
Finding Your Genealogy via Secret Societies
Presented by Bob Allen

Wednesday, November 9    7 p.m.
Researching Colonial American Ancestors
Presented by Jane Haldman

 

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