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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

Sorting Thorugh Sordid Divorce Records – Black Sheep Sunday

I had a realization yesterday as I was working on a family search indexing project yesterday – I am a snoop.  Its not the biggest realization, the type that inspires a person to sell everything they own and move to … Continue reading

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Genealogy Day 2015: Movers, Quakers, and Rock Breakers – Talented Tuesday

Join us for Fountaindale Public Library’s fifth annual Genealogy Day on Saturday, May 2, 2015 from 9:30 am to 4pm! Genealogy Day is free and open to the public, and registration begins on Friday, February 13, 2015.   In addition to the speakers, … Continue reading

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Finding Free Genealogy Presentations Online – Motivation Monday

Attention snowbound genealogists!  If you’re wondering how you’re going to spend time trapped in your home by snow and icy weather, I recommend catching up on all those genealogy presentations you missed.  Maybe you were traveling, or under the weather. … Continue reading

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Kickoff a New Year of Genealogical Resolutions with Free Classes at the Library! – Thrifty Thursday

Do you need to make a genealogical New Years resolution? Kick off your goal with free Online Genealogy classes at the Fountaindale Public Library on January 11, February 8, and March 8, 2015. Each Online Genealogy Class will be held … Continue reading

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Clever Gifts for Genealogists – Tuesday’s Tip

Need some gift ideas for a genealogist on your holiday list?  There’s a huge temptation to throw someone a gift card to Amazon, Ancestry, or Fold3.  However, if you want to wrap a gift with nifty paper and bows or send … Continue reading

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Giving Thanks for our Colonial Mothers at the Dinner Table – Family Recipe Friday

Where would we be without our colonial mothers?  While their fathers, husbands, sons, and brothers were working in the fields, shops, and ships, women were toiling away at household tasks, raising children, working in the family businesses, and most importantly … Continue reading

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Using Try-It! Illinois for Newspaper Research – Follow Friday

Earlier this month, I had a chance to examine Historic Map Works, an amazing site available to researchers through the Try-It! Illinois Database Trial.  With the end of the trial approaching, let’s take a look at the incredible newspaper collections … Continue reading

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