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Take a Free Beginning Genealogy Class Online with FutureLearn! – Motivation Monday

I have waxed poetic about FutureLearn and its amazing free online classes in previous posts.  I’ve learned a lot from their history and forensic science courses, and I really enjoyed the course “England in the Time of Richard III,” which proved to be very popular given the 2014 archaeological discovery of the last Plantagenet king buried under a Leicester parking lot.… Continue reading Take a Free Beginning Genealogy Class Online with FutureLearn! – Motivation Monday

Books and Print Material · State Specific Research · Websites

Giving Thanks for Vintage Family Recipes – Matrilineal Monday

Sometimes your new favorite recipe isn’t the one found in a fancy upscale cookbook.   Generations of women have carefully compiled their family’s favorite dishes for church, charity, and patriotic publications for over a century. Many of these special and locally printed books are available online for free from Google Books and Internet Archive.  Try searching for phrases… Continue reading Giving Thanks for Vintage Family Recipes – Matrilineal Monday

Fountaindale Public Library District · Websites

Nosferatu: A Special Silent Film Screening – Thriller Thursday

See the first vampire movie ever made! Experience the the thrill of an authentic 1922 silent film experience of Nosferatu, shown via film projector with a live organ music score and free popcorn!  Visit the Fountaindale Public Library in Bolingbrook on Thursday, October 29 at 7 p.m. in Meeting Room A and see this classic movie… Continue reading Nosferatu: A Special Silent Film Screening – Thriller Thursday

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Vintage Halloween Party Ideas – Friday’s Faces from the Past

Do you think Holloween How-To books were birthed by Martha Stewart?  Nope.  Our obsession for harvest and Halloween themed parties, gatherings, and general mischief have been alive and well in our culture for well over a century.  Our consumer culture and love affair with Halloween has been portrayed with postcards, photographs, costumes, and food.  Lots, and lots,… Continue reading Vintage Halloween Party Ideas – Friday’s Faces from the Past

Databases · Genealogy Club · Websites

Try-It! Illinois Database Season is Now Live! – Thrifty Thursday

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! – Thrifty Thursday

Books and Print Material · Local History and Genealogy · State Specific Research · Vital Records · Websites

New Releases to New York State Genealogical Records on Internet Archive – Tuesday’s Tip

I’ve made a habit of scrolling through a the list of newly archived records on Internet Archive.  I love seeing all the new material appearing on the site to eager researchers such as myself, and I wasn’t disappointed with the long list of new items I found for New York state genealogy research! A Few of… Continue reading New Releases to New York State Genealogical Records on Internet Archive – Tuesday’s Tip

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Making a Home on the Homestead – Those Places Thursday

During the course of your research, you’ll have a nagging feeling of neglect for a certain person or family group.  Maybe you were satisfied with your research and wondered off to more pressing projects.  Perhaps you hit a brick wall and left to pursue other projects out of frustration.  Or just maybe you were lured… Continue reading Making a Home on the Homestead – Those Places Thursday