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Extra Genealogy & History Programs for 2018 Announced! – Follow Friday

As we look to the year ahead, our Genealogy Club is planning some additional programs and events which should help commemorate and celebrate several milestone events in history, as well as add to your skill set as a genealogist.  For those of you keeping score at home, 2018 is proving to be quite the celebratory… Continue reading Extra Genealogy & History Programs for 2018 Announced! – Follow Friday

Holidays & Celebrations · Technology Tools · Websites

Last Minute Gifts for Genealogists – Wishful Wednesday

My family and friends spend the year constantly asking what I want for Christmas.  Yes, I want that absolutely amazing Mirror of Erised from Pottery Barn right now.  I know my chances of getting one are slim to none. My wishlist of genealogy goodies is also quite long.  I tend to squirrel away some funds… Continue reading Last Minute Gifts for Genealogists – Wishful Wednesday

Holidays & Celebrations · Military · Websites

Christmas on the American WWI Homefront – Talented Tuesday

As we look back to the events of the Great War and the people who lived through it, what serves as a tether between that century was the significance of Christmas to Americans living at home and abroad.  For a majority of families, this Christmas would mark the first time since the Civil War where one… Continue reading Christmas on the American WWI Homefront – Talented Tuesday

Vital Records · Websites

Access available for FamilySearch Affiliate Records – Workday Wednesday

Ever since the discontinuation of microfilm lending via FamilySearch, our library has been fielding a lot of requests about access for a particular set of online records which are only available to LDS Family History Centers or affiliate libraries.  We are pleased to announce that registered FamilySearch users now have access to these highly desired… Continue reading Access available for FamilySearch Affiliate Records – Workday Wednesday

Databases

Try-It! Illinois Database Trial Up and Running! – Thankful Thursday

Great news on the Try-It! Illinois Database trial! Several of the big database providers are participating in this year’s trial, which means genealogists will have some new and interesting resources to try through November 30. Here are some great resources to try this year: Chicago Tribune Churchill Archive Digital Sanborn Maps Sanborn Maps Geo Edition… Continue reading Try-It! Illinois Database Trial Up and Running! – Thankful Thursday

Local History and Genealogy

Will County Pioneer Burial Ground Open on Halloween – Those Places Thursday

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 Tuesday, 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 – Those Places Thursday

Databases

2017 Try-It! Illinois Database Season is Here, But Hold Your Breath – Motivation Monday

It’s time to fall back into your research! 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 Illinois State Library, and… Continue reading 2017 Try-It! Illinois Database Season is Here, But Hold Your Breath – Motivation Monday