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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

Giving Thanks for Vintage Family Recipes – Matrilineal Monday

Sometimes your new favorite recipe isn’t the one found in a fancy upscale cookbook.   Generations of women have carefully compiled their family’s favorite dishes for church, charity, and patriotic publications for over a century. Many of these special and locally … Continue reading

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Nosferatu: A Special Silent Film Screening – Thriller Thursday

See the first vampire movie ever made! Experience the the thrill of an authentic 1922 silent film experience of Nosferatu, shown via film projector with a live organ music score and free popcorn!  Visit the Fountaindale Public Library in Bolingbrook … Continue reading

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Vintage Halloween Party Ideas – Friday’s Faces from the Past

Do you think Holloween How-To books were birthed by Martha Stewart?  Nope.  Our obsession for harvest and Halloween themed parties, gatherings, and general mischief have been alive and well in our culture for well over a century.  Our consumer culture and love … Continue reading

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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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