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

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

Holidays & Celebrations · Websites

Clever Gifts for Genealogists – 2018 Holiday Edition

Throughout the year, I like to keep a running list of all the cool gift ideas I’ve seen or researched just to give my blog readers a little help with their gift giving endeavors.  While I do not advocate gift-giving as the only way to show affection to friends and loved ones during the holiday… Continue reading Clever Gifts for Genealogists – 2018 Holiday Edition

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

Fountaindale Public Library District · Genealogy Club · Military · Photographs · Technology Tools · Webinar · Websites

September Genealogy Club Webinar “It’s Time To Get Your Photos Organized” Online Now! – Follow Friday

Did you miss your local genealogical society meeting this month? Fountaindale Public Library’s Genealogy Club’s September lecture is live and available for free through October 14, 2018.  The webinar and handout are available online at https://fountaindalegenealogy.org/webinars/. This month’s meeting “It’s Time to Organize Your Photos” is presented by Caroline Guntur, The Swedish Organizer. Caroline will… Continue reading September Genealogy Club Webinar “It’s Time To Get Your Photos Organized” Online Now! – Follow Friday

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

Books and Print Material · Websites · World War I

Rationing and the Great War Dinner Table – Family Recipe Friday

Food rationing during wartime wasn’t unique to the 1940s.  Ensuring soldiers, refugees, and civilians all had access to basic nutritional goods during modern war periods has a foundation during the Great War, when allied nations such as Great Britain, Canada, France, and Italy, began rationing items such as meat, sugar, wheat, and fats on a… Continue reading Rationing and the Great War Dinner Table – Family Recipe Friday