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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

Try-It! Illinois Database Season is Now Live! – Thrifty Thursday

Kick off your fall research season with the Try-It! Illinois Database Trial! If you’re an Illinois resident with internet access of any kind, you are eligible to access the immense amount of information available during the this year’s trial. Thanks … Continue reading

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New Releases to New York State Genealogical Records on Internet Archive – Tuesday’s Tip

I’ve made a habit of scrolling through a the list of newly archived records on Internet Archive.  I love seeing all the new material appearing on the site to eager researchers such as myself, and I wasn’t disappointed with the … Continue reading

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Fall Back into Your Genealogy Research with Four Free New Programs! – Wisdom Wednesday

I hope everyone has enjoyed their summer break from our regular Fountaindale Public Library Genealogy Club Meetings.  Now that everyone has had an opportunity to travel, conduct research, and maybe hit up a few cemeteries with the BillionGraves App, its … Continue reading

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Road Trip Audiobook Picks for Genealogists – Travel Tuesday

Well friends, it’s time to hit the road.  Pack those bags, book your airbnb accommodations, and seek those elusive genealogy records.  Whether you’re traveling by car, plane, or train, you’re going to want to bring along a few books to … Continue reading

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Making a Home on the Homestead – Those Places Thursday

During the course of your research, you’ll have a nagging feeling of neglect for a certain person or family group.  Maybe you were satisfied with your research and wondered off to more pressing projects.  Perhaps you hit a brick wall … Continue reading

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Seven Summer Fun Ideas for Genealogists – Travel Tuesday

Summertime is fun time, and there’s nothing better than experiencing the history and family legend in a new location.  Whether you’re getting out of the house to research with your friends or you’re in need of a cultural holiday, here … Continue reading

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Learning About Lincoln 150 Years After His Death – Wisdom Wednesday

This has been a big year for history buffs.  As we turn the calendar page on May 2015, there were several history milestones marking the end of America’s Civil War.  Most notably there was an amazing Abraham Lincoln Funeral Reenactment in Springfield, … Continue reading

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