Databases

‘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… Continue reading ‘Finding Your Roots’ available for free on Kanopy – Tuesday’s Tip

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Digging Up Dirt – A Genealogy Case Report

Here is an interesting question from the reference desk, perfect for the Halloween season. A patron messaged the library looking for information on an unsolved murder that happened near New Lenox in the mid-70s. This is not the first time I’ve fielded a question of this nature, but it was by far the grisliest. It… Continue reading Digging Up Dirt – A Genealogy Case Report

Databases · Genealogy Club · State Specific Research · Websites · Workshops and Events

Try-It! Illinois Database Season is Now Live! – Tuesday’s Tip

Kick off your fall research season with the Try-It! Illinois Database Trial! If you’re an Illinois resident with internet access of any kind, you are eligible to access the immense amount of information available during the this year’s trial. Thanks to the generous sponsorship of the Secretary of State and State Librarian Jesse White, the… Continue reading Try-It! Illinois Database Season is Now Live! – Tuesday’s Tip

Cemetery Research · Databases · Local History and Genealogy · Military · Technology Tools · World War I

Researching World War I Veterans Buried in Bolingbrook’s Hillcrest Cemetery – Those Places Thursday

One of the relatively obscure historical notes of Bolingbrook, is the presence of four World War I veterans interred in Hillcrest Cemetery.  With its close proximity to Boughton Road and  Fire Station Three, Hillcrest Cemetery is far removed from the quiet, serene idea of a small local burial ground.  Putting aside its location on a… Continue reading Researching World War I Veterans Buried in Bolingbrook’s Hillcrest Cemetery – Those Places Thursday

Databases · Fountaindale Public Library District · Vital Records · Websites

Goodbye World Vital Records! Hello MyHeritage Library Edition! – Thrifty Thursday

A few years ago, you may have heard about MyHeritage purchasing several different websites, one of which being World Vital Records.  Now that World Vital Records is no more, our library has made the transition to provide MyHeritage Library Edition for free from home to Fountaindale Public Library District patrons for one year, and we… Continue reading Goodbye World Vital Records! Hello MyHeritage Library Edition! – Thrifty Thursday

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Try-It! Illinois Database Trial Up and Running! – Thankful Thursday

Great news on the Try-It! Illinois Database trial! Several of the big database providers are participating in this year’s trial, which means genealogists will have some new and interesting resources to try through November 30. Here are some great resources to try this year: Chicago Tribune Churchill Archive Digital Sanborn Maps Sanborn Maps Geo Edition… Continue reading Try-It! Illinois Database Trial Up and Running! – Thankful Thursday

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2017 Try-It! Illinois Database Season is Here, But Hold Your Breath – Motivation Monday

It’s time to fall back into your research! If you’re an Illinois resident with internet access of any kind, you are eligible to access the immense amount of information available during the this year’s trial. Thanks to the generous sponsorship of the Secretary of State and State Librarian Jesse White, the Illinois State Library, and… Continue reading 2017 Try-It! Illinois Database Season is Here, But Hold Your Breath – Motivation Monday