I hope everyone has enjoyed their summer break from our regular Fountaindale Public Library Genealogy Club Meetings. Now that everyone has had an opportunity to travel, conduct research, and maybe hit up a few cemeteries with the BillionGraves App, its time to mark your calendars for the four outstanding free Genealogy Club programs we have coming up this fall.
We’re kicking off September with Jennifer Holik and her presentation of The Day That Lived in Infamy on Wednesday, September 9 at 7 p.m. in Meeting Room A of the Fountaindale Public Library in Bolingbrook. Navigating World War II Military Records. Learn the basics of how to begin researching your World War II military ancestors even when your requests for records are marked as ‘burned’. Jennifer assist participants through the process of researching sources such as military records, books, photographs, and family stories.
Jennifer has recently published two new WWII research guides entitled Stories from the World War II Battlefield which you can purchase online. Her website also has a very helpful WWII Research Toolbox with a free downloadable research guide as well as helpful resource links.
This year marks the 100th anniversary of Chicago’s most tragic maritime event. The DuPage Historical Museum, DuPage County Genealogical Society, and the Fountaindale Public Library have teamed up to bring you a program entitled “The Eastland Disaster – An Unparalleled Tragedy” on Wednesday, September 16 at 7 p.m. This event is free and will be held at the DuPage County Historical Museum located at 102 E. Wesley Street, Wheaton. A century after the accident occurred, the Eastland Disaster continues to haunt Chicago’s river geography and genealogy. Find out what happened during a presentation given by the Eastland Disaster Historical Society, featuring the two granddaughters of survivor Bobbie Aanstad.
Social hour and refreshments will be served at 6:30 p.m., followed by a short business meeting of the DuPage County Genealogical Society. Reserve tickets online or by calling 630-510-4941.
Fall is the perfect time to compile your family history goals for the winter. Refine the search for your colonial era ancestors with our “Three Generations Without Documentation” program on Wednesday, October 14 at 7 p.m. in Meeting Room A. Learn what resources and information are available when your paper trail goes cold! The Isle a la Cache chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution will be available for one on one consultations before and following the program. The volunteers and genealogists in this group are very dedicated to helping new people discover their revolutionary ancestors, so if this is on your to-do list of projects you will certainly want to check out this program!
The last Genealogy Club meeting of the year will be held on Wednesday, November 11 at 7 p.m. and will feature Jacquie Schattner’s “Guide to Overseas Genealogy”. This is a great program where you will learn the history of immigrant travel into the US and the how to find records in most European countries. Jacquie has presented several programs for CAGGNI, and she is a very knowledgeable speaker. If you have ancestors from several European countries, this is a great way to learn about several before diving back into your research.
See You At The Library!