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

Databases

Digging Up Dirt – A Genealogy Case Report

Here is an interesting question from the reference desk, perfect for the Halloween season. A patron messaged the library looking for information on an unsolved murder that happened near New Lenox in the mid-70s. This is not the first time I’ve fielded a question of this nature, but it was by far the grisliest. It… Continue reading Digging Up Dirt – A Genealogy Case Report

Databases · Genealogy Club · State Specific Research · Websites · Workshops and Events

Try-It! Illinois Database Season is Now Live! – Tuesday’s Tip

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! – Tuesday’s Tip

Field Trip · Local History and Genealogy

Will County Pioneer Burial Ground Open on Halloween – Tombstone Tuesday

On the spookiest day of the year, visitors of all ages are welcome to explore one of the oldest pioneer burial sites in Will County. The Bolingbrook Historic Preservation Commission will be hosting its annual Boardman Cemetery Halloween Open House on Wednesday, October 31 from 5-9 p.m. at Boardman Cemetery. Admission is free and open… Continue reading Will County Pioneer Burial Ground Open on Halloween – Tombstone Tuesday