State Specific Research · Vital Records · Websites

Why You Are Not Finding Your Ancestors in the New York State Death Indexes

For anyone with New York state ancestors, the 2017 release of the New York State Death Indexes on Internet Archive were an absolute gift from the genealogy gods.  Before Reclaim the Records won their FOIA request for the state-wide index dating from 1880-1956, researchers would visit one of three locations in New York, show a… Continue reading Why You Are Not Finding Your Ancestors in the New York State Death Indexes

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

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

Vital Records · Websites

Access available for FamilySearch Affiliate Records – Workday Wednesday

Ever since the discontinuation of microfilm lending via FamilySearch, our library has been fielding a lot of requests about access for a particular set of online records which are only available to LDS Family History Centers or affiliate libraries.  We are pleased to announce that registered FamilySearch users now have access to these highly desired… Continue reading Access available for FamilySearch Affiliate Records – Workday Wednesday

State Specific Research · Vital Records · Websites

Uncovering Pennsylvania Genealogy Records in Online Periodicals – Those Places Thursday

Genealogy research in Pennsylvania is not for the faint of heart. This commonwealth has a rich and full history, and its records access and methodology of research are so unique, the Historical Society of Pennsylvania is hosting a week long workshop later this month to aid the brick wall ridden genealogist. As this workshop is… Continue reading Uncovering Pennsylvania Genealogy Records in Online Periodicals – Those Places Thursday

Cemetery Research · State Specific Research · Vital Records · Websites

New York Death Indexes 1880-1943 free online at Internet Archive – Follow Friday

About two years ago I was conducting research in Erie County, New York.  It was a genealogical pilgrimage to uncover some new information about my German ancestors in Buffalo, Erie County, New York. Death indexes for the state are available for free, but there were several barriers to access: The indexes I found in the 1930s… Continue reading New York Death Indexes 1880-1943 free online at Internet Archive – Follow Friday

European Research · Fountaindale Public Library District · Vital Records · Webinar · Workshops and Events

Tune in for our Two Day Irish Genealogy Workshop! Registration Open Now!– Motivation Monday

Back by popular demand!  The Fountaindale District and the Plainfield Public Library District are hosting a Two Day Irish Genealogy Workshop and Streaming Webinar with the Ulster Historical Foundation on Wednesday,March 15 and Thursday, March 16, 2017 at the Fountaindale Public Library, 300 W. Briarcliff Road in Bolingbrook, IL. Each multi-session day will feature the following lectures: Irish… Continue reading Tune in for our Two Day Irish Genealogy Workshop! Registration Open Now!– Motivation Monday