Holidays & Celebrations · World War I

The Masque of Illinois

Illinois is now celebrating its bicentennial year. With over 200 years of history to remember, it’s easy to overlook our first centennial in 1918. One notable if not infamous work produced during that time was the Masque of Illinois. Written by Wallace Rice, a prolific writer of plays, pageants, and poetry particularly on state history,… Continue reading The Masque of Illinois

Military · State Specific Research · Transcription Project · World War I

Using WWI Military Service Cards to Trace Female Ancestors

There have been several great advancements in making World War I records available to researchers this year.  For example, the microfilm digitization efforts on the FamilySearch website have added a huge browseable collection of images through the catalog area of the site.  While there are some projects which are waiting to be indexed, there are… Continue reading Using WWI Military Service Cards to Trace Female Ancestors

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

Military · State Specific Research · Transcription Project · Volunteer Opportunity · World War I

Indiana WWI Military Service Cards Are Going Digital! – Tuesday’s Tip

If you are conducting World War I research for an Indiana ancestor, your task just became a lot easier. The Indiana Archives and Records Administration is digitizing their collection of World War I Military Service Cards and making them available for free online.  The project, which is part of the Indiana Archives and Records Administration Virtual… Continue reading Indiana WWI Military Service Cards Are Going Digital! – Tuesday’s Tip

Fountaindale Public Library District · Genealogy Club · Military · State Specific Research · Technology Tools · Webinar · World War I

July Genealogy Club Webinar “Music in the First World War” Online Now! – Follow Friday

Did you miss your local genealogical society meeting this month? Fountaindale Public Library’s Genealogy Club July lecture is live and available for free through August 13, 2018.  The webinar and handout are available online at https://fountaindalegenealogy.org/webinars/. This month’s meeting “Music in the First World War” is presented by Andrew Bullen of the Illinois State Library.… Continue reading July Genealogy Club Webinar “Music in the First World War” Online Now! – Follow Friday

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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