DNA Research · Fountaindale Public Library District · Public Presentations · Workshops and Events

Get Ready for Genealogy Day 2019 – DNA Uncensored

It’s time to mark your calendars and get your registration in for Genealogy Day 2019 at the Fountaindale Public Library in Bolingbrook, Illinois! This year’s theme “DNA Uncensored” will be held on Saturday, March 30 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. CST.  As always, Genealogy Day is a free day-long conference open to researchers of… Continue reading Get Ready for Genealogy Day 2019 – DNA Uncensored

Military · Transcription Project · World War I

Straight Talk from Soldiers – Virginia’s WWI Veterans Questionnaires

With all the local history resources Fountaindale provides, it is easy to forget about the many other projects for historians and genealogists available online. FromThePage is a browser-based software tool that invites anyone to view and work on a massive number of transcription projects. One fascinating collection provided by the Library of Virginia and Institute… Continue reading Straight Talk from Soldiers – Virginia’s WWI Veterans Questionnaires

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