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 ddudek@fountaindale.org

What did your ancestors say about Valentine’s Day? – Treasure Chest Thursday

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 … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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

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 … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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Tech Gifts for the Traveling Genealogist – Tuesday’s Tip

When you’re out and about on a genealogy research trip, there are certain things you may expect such as a clean bed, free wi-fi, and a convenient location to charge your phone.  There are small items that you may not know exist … Continue reading

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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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