European Research · Fountaindale Public Library District · Vital Records · Webinar · Workshops and Events

Tune in for our Two Day Irish Genealogy Workshop! Registration Open Now!– Motivation Monday

Back by popular demand!  The Fountaindale District and the Plainfield Public Library District are hosting a Two Day Irish Genealogy Workshop and Streaming Webinar with the Ulster Historical Foundation on Wednesday,March 15 and Thursday, March 16, 2017 at the Fountaindale Public Library, 300 W. Briarcliff Road in Bolingbrook, IL. Each multi-session day will feature the following lectures: Irish… Continue reading Tune in for our Two Day Irish Genealogy Workshop! Registration Open Now!– Motivation Monday

DNA Research

Score Big Holiday Sales on DNA Tests – Thrifty Thursday

The holidays are a perfect time to accumulate new genealogy information.  Family parties and visiting relatives are a good way to touch base with loved ones and gather the resources you need for your research.  While you’re at it, why not pass out a few DNA tests along the way? There are some big holiday… Continue reading Score Big Holiday Sales on DNA Tests – Thrifty Thursday

Genealogy Club · Public Presentations · Webinar

Discovering the Complicated Lives of our Colonial Ancestors – Those Places Thursday

November marks the celebration of Thanksgiving, a holiday with roots in America’s colonial history.  Both the native people and the European newcomers had traditions of ‘giving thanks’ for harvests and the birth of children.  Feasting and frivolity were enjoyed by people of all ages, and the festivities could last for consecutive days or several weeks.  Yes, our colonial era… Continue reading Discovering the Complicated Lives of our Colonial Ancestors – Those Places Thursday

Books and Print Material · Websites

Election Cake, Anyone? – Talented Tuesday

Cast your vote then eat cake?  That’s a tradition to perpetuate! Old World Levain (OWL) Bakery is supporting a resurgence of election cake baking this year. Their initiative “Make America Cake Again” is described as “a collaboration and celebration among bakeries, food professionals, home bakers, scholars, and educators across the country.” No need to pick… Continue reading Election Cake, Anyone? – Talented Tuesday

Technology Tools

Wondering what to do with all those treasured photographs that you inherited from a family member? – Motivation Monday

In the decades before the age of smart phones and digital cameras, most people took photographs with cameras that used photographic film. The images were then usually sent to a lab where the film was processed and the images were printed on photographic paper. This is how most families documented their lives, in particular, special… Continue reading Wondering what to do with all those treasured photographs that you inherited from a family member? – Motivation Monday

Databases · State Specific Research · Websites

Try-It! Illinois Database Season is Now Live! – Motivation Monday

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 to the generous sponsorship of the Secretary of State and State Librarian Jesse White, the… Continue reading Try-It! Illinois Database Season is Now Live! – Motivation Monday

Photographs · Technology Tools · Websites

Using Algorithmia’s Free Photo Coloration Tool – Thrifty Thursday

I spent a few hours today testing and playing around with Algorithmia’s free online photo coloring tool.  Marketing itself as a deep learning tool for app developers, Algorithmia is a boon for genealogists who are looking for a cheap and easy way to colorize their old photos. You may have been looking for an easy way to… Continue reading Using Algorithmia’s Free Photo Coloration Tool – Thrifty Thursday