Documentary · Television

New “We’ll Meet Again” Episode Has Bolingbrook Connection

Earlier last year, our library had the extraordinary opportunity to do a little leg work for an episode of the PBS show We’ll Meet Again with Ann Curry.  If you are new to the show, We’ll Meet Again explores some of history’s most dramatic events and reunites people who had been separated by them.  If… Continue reading New “We’ll Meet Again” Episode Has Bolingbrook Connection

DNA Research · Fountaindale Public Library District · Public Presentations · Workshops and Events

Get Ready for Genealogy Day 2019 – DNA Uncensored

It’s time to mark your calendars and get your registration in for Genealogy Day 2019 at the Fountaindale Public Library in Bolingbrook, Illinois! This year’s theme “DNA Uncensored” will be held on Saturday, March 30 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. CST.  As always, Genealogy Day is a free day-long conference open to researchers of… Continue reading Get Ready for Genealogy Day 2019 – DNA Uncensored

Military · Transcription Project · World War I

Straight Talk from Soldiers – Virginia’s WWI Veterans Questionnaires

With all the local history resources Fountaindale provides, it is easy to forget about the many other projects for historians and genealogists available online. FromThePage is a browser-based software tool that invites anyone to view and work on a massive number of transcription projects. One fascinating collection provided by the Library of Virginia and Institute… Continue reading Straight Talk from Soldiers – Virginia’s WWI Veterans Questionnaires

Holidays & Celebrations · World War I

The Masque of Illinois

Illinois is now celebrating its bicentennial year. With over 200 years of history to remember, it’s easy to overlook our first centennial in 1918. One notable if not infamous work produced during that time was the Masque of Illinois. Written by Wallace Rice, a prolific writer of plays, pageants, and poetry particularly on state history,… Continue reading The Masque of Illinois

Military · State Specific Research · Transcription Project · World War I

Using WWI Military Service Cards to Trace Female Ancestors

There have been several great advancements in making World War I records available to researchers this year.  For example, the microfilm digitization efforts on the FamilySearch website have added a huge browseable collection of images through the catalog area of the site.  While there are some projects which are waiting to be indexed, there are… Continue reading Using WWI Military Service Cards to Trace Female Ancestors

Holidays & Celebrations · Websites

Clever Gifts for Genealogists – 2018 Holiday Edition

Throughout the year, I like to keep a running list of all the cool gift ideas I’ve seen or researched just to give my blog readers a little help with their gift giving endeavors.  While I do not advocate gift-giving as the only way to show affection to friends and loved ones during the holiday… Continue reading Clever Gifts for Genealogists – 2018 Holiday Edition

Databases

‘Finding Your Roots’ available for free on Kanopy – Tuesday’s Tip

You may be contemplating what to do during the long cold winter ahead.  Never fear genealogy friends!  The Fountaindale Public Library has a fantastic new online streaming service which gives you a huge selection of videos to watch for free from the comfort of your home or smart device.  The huge added bonus of using… Continue reading ‘Finding Your Roots’ available for free on Kanopy – Tuesday’s Tip