State Specific Research · Websites

Homestead Act Digitized

The Homestead National Monument of America has recently collaborated with a number of organizations such as Fold3.com, Ancestry, FamilySearch, & the University of Nebraska-Lincoln to digitize the Homestead Land Entry Case Files. With an estimated 93 million Americans descend from homesteaders, these records are bursting with information that would be invaluable to any genealogist. Records at… Continue reading Homestead Act Digitized

Webinar · Workshops and Events

Genealogy Day 2019 Checklist, Overflow Room Information, Handouts, and More!

We’re two days away from this year’s Genealogy Day program, and we are really excited to be hosting a fantastic list of speakers!  We’re also looking forward to seeing all our attendees and hearing about their DNA research!  This is going to be a great day, and the energy behind this event is still growing! … Continue reading Genealogy Day 2019 Checklist, Overflow Room Information, Handouts, and More!

Databases · online resources · Websites

Digital Public Library of America

When searching through the branches of a family tree, people are looking to know more about the connections they share with people and part of that is knowing about the time those people lived. Our library can help you access many different works, but we do not carry everything. Older, more niche materials or interesting… Continue reading Digital Public Library of America

Technology Tools · Webinar · online resources

February’s Genealogy Club Meeting Webinar “Internet Archive” Online Now!

Did you miss your local genealogical society meeting this month? Fountaindale Public Library’s February Genealogy Club meeting is live and available for free through March 15, 2019. This month’s meeting features “Internet Archive: The Amazing Genealogical Resource You’re Not Using!“. In this session, you’ll learn all about Internet Archive and its amazing collection of city… Continue reading February’s Genealogy Club Meeting Webinar “Internet Archive” Online Now!

Archives · Books and Print Material · County Resources · Field Trip · Maps · Museums · Vital Records · Volunteer Opportunity

Exploring Local Treasures at the Will County Historical Society Museum and Research Center

When I talk to some of my genealogy friends they’re very adamant about one concept – Will County is the most challenging county to conduct research.  Take a look at Reclaim the Records’ laundry list of county public records which have been made inaccessible to researchers.   It’s a sizable list of birth certificates, education… Continue reading Exploring Local Treasures at the Will County Historical Society Museum and Research Center

Documentary · Military · World War I

“They Shall Not Grow Old” – WATCH IT!

One hundred years ago this month, the the United States military began preparing and processing some of their troops for the return trip back from their Great War service in Europe.  And while there were some excellent Armistice commemorations which took place throughout the world on November 11, 2018, here in the United States, the… Continue reading “They Shall Not Grow Old” – WATCH IT!

Local History and Genealogy

Grandma’s Clickbait

One of the great services libraries offer to their communities is to act as a storehouse of local and personal histories. Filed between numerous photos, post cards, prays and poetry are often found newspaper clipping on anything that happened to catch the scrapbooker’s eye. This can range from a story about a cute baby with… Continue reading Grandma’s Clickbait