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Fall into Genealogy with the Try-It! Illinois Database Trial – Follow Friday

Attention Illinois residents!  Some of the best genealogy resources online are available for free through the Try-It! Illinois Database trial October 1 – November 30 2014. This annual statewide database trial is sponsored by Secretary of State and State Librarian Jesse White and the Illinois State Library. Try-It! Illinois offers library staff and patrons to… Continue reading Fall into Genealogy with the Try-It! Illinois Database Trial – Follow Friday

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Searching for Silent Screen Ancestors – Those Places Thursday

Does your family link back to the world of silent screen acting?  You could be in for a surprise!  During the early eras of film making, nearly 11,000 movies were made in places such as New York City, Chicago, California, and New Jersey, and if your ancestor was living in an area where films were made,… Continue reading Searching for Silent Screen Ancestors – Those Places Thursday

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Internet Archive Hosts Outstanding Collection of City Directories, Yearbooks, and Gazetteers – Follow Friday

Dear Genealogists, I want you to add just one more item to your list of goals this year – Get to Know the City Directories, Yearbooks, and Gazetters on Internet Archive. I’ve been extolling the virtues of Internet Archive as a place where you can find great genealogy resources – most of which are searchable… Continue reading Internet Archive Hosts Outstanding Collection of City Directories, Yearbooks, and Gazetteers – Follow Friday

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No Photo? No Problem! Scan Your Photo Negatives And Bring The Past To Life! – Treasure Chest Thursday

My family doesn’t have a lot of older photographs.  My paternal grandma remedied this from about 1942 onward, but the bulk of earlier thing, are simply not around.  “We had some at some point,” my grandma, great aunts, and older cousins used to say.  “But Aunt Clara (my great-grandmother’s younger sister) was a pistol.  She… Continue reading No Photo? No Problem! Scan Your Photo Negatives And Bring The Past To Life! – Treasure Chest Thursday

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Diedinhouse.com: A New Way of Looking at Death Records? – Black Sheep Sunday

“I think my house is haunted.  Can you see if anyone died or was murdered in my house?” Believe it or not, this is a popular question at a library reference desk.  I thought about this subject quite a bit when I saw Jennifer Holik’s house history presentation last year.  Before the advent of modern… Continue reading Diedinhouse.com: A New Way of Looking at Death Records? – Black Sheep Sunday

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Sign Up for Free Online Genealogy Classes this Summer! – Tuesdays Tip

Summer learning abounds at the Foundaindale Public Library! Come in from the summer heat into our air conditioned computer lab for two free Online Genealogy Classes!  Our classes will introduce you to new websites and tools which can help you with your family history research, and put you in touch with people who share your… Continue reading Sign Up for Free Online Genealogy Classes this Summer! – Tuesdays Tip

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Genealogy Club Webinar: Finding an Ancestors Disasterous End – Tombstone Tuesday

We all want a happy ending, but for some of us that may not be how the story ends. As a genealogist, I’ve learned it can be easy to track down an ancestor when they’ve passed away horribly or under terrible circumstances.  Let me say, I wouldn’t want that to happen to me or to… Continue reading Genealogy Club Webinar: Finding an Ancestors Disasterous End – Tombstone Tuesday