‘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 this free service: you can watch the first two seasons of Finding Your Roots with Dr. Henry Louis Gates, Jr. as well as other quality PBS programming at any time on demand.

If you don’t have a Fountaindale Public Library Card, don’t fret!  Check with your local library and see if they have Kanopy!  A number of libraries in the area provide Kanopy as a service to their card holders.  

The library’s new Kanopy streaming video database works on your desktop computer, laptop, smart TV, smart phone, or on a entertainment device such as Roku, Google Chromecast, Amazon Fire Stick, or Apple TV.

To begin using the service, visit the Fountaindale Public Library digital collection page (, and click on the ‘+’ sign to view all the movie, music, and TV options available.  Left click on ‘Kanopy’ and you’ll be able to create a new account and browse the full catalog of what the site offers.

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Signing up to use the Kanopy service is quick and easy.  On the top right of the page, you can sign up for a new account using your email address and making up a password.  The site will also ask you for your library card number and library card pin to process your account, so make sure you have this information in hand before starting the registration process.

Once your account is active, you’re free to begin watching videos on the site.  If you prefer to watch a movie from a smart phone or tablet, go into the app store for your device and download the free Kanopy app.  Because you’ve signed up using the online portal, you can utilize the same username and password you selected when you first registered.  Easy-peasy-lemon-squeezy.

You can use the search box at the top of the screen to find titles or genres you want to watch.  Also, you have the option of clicking on ‘+ My List’ to save videos to watch for later.

CAUTION!  Every FPLD library card holder receives ten videos to watch throughout the month.  Once you start a video, even if you’re only watching it for a few minutes, counts as one of your 10 videos.  So take care as to when you’re going to press the play button.

Here are some of my top genealogy and history picks from the current Kanopy site:

  • Finding Your Roots (Seasons 1 &2)

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  • Great Courses – Discovering Your Roots: An Introduction to Genealogy

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  • Ken Burns Documentary Film Collection

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  • A Midwife’s Tale: The Life of Martha Ballard and All My Babies: A Midwife’s Own Story

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  • The African Americans: Many Rivers to Cross presented by Professor Henry Louis Gates, Jr

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There are thousands of titles to watch on Kanopy, and if you need some help accessing this awesome new service, call on our 3rd Floor Reference Desk at (630) 685-4176.  If you don’t have a Fountaindale Public Library card, check with your local library and see if they offer Kanopy!  The login process and collection is the same across all libraries, so you won’t miss out on the same selection of videos!

See you at the library!

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