online resources · Technology Tools · Webinar

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

Documentary · Television

New “We’ll Meet Again” Episode Has Bolingbrook Connection

Earlier last year, our library had the extraordinary opportunity to do a little leg work for an episode of the PBS show We’ll Meet Again with Ann Curry.  If you are new to the show, We’ll Meet Again explores some of history’s most dramatic events and reunites people who had been separated by them.  If… Continue reading New “We’ll Meet Again” Episode Has Bolingbrook Connection

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