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

DNA Research · Fountaindale Public Library District · Public Presentations · Workshops and Events

Get Ready for Genealogy Day 2019 – DNA Uncensored

It’s time to mark your calendars and get your registration in for Genealogy Day 2019 at the Fountaindale Public Library in Bolingbrook, Illinois! This year’s theme “DNA Uncensored” will be held on Saturday, March 30 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. CST.  As always, Genealogy Day is a free day-long conference open to researchers of… Continue reading Get Ready for Genealogy Day 2019 – DNA Uncensored

Military · Transcription Project · World War I

Straight Talk from Soldiers – Virginia’s WWI Veterans Questionnaires

With all the local history resources Fountaindale provides, it is easy to forget about the many other projects for historians and genealogists available online. FromThePage is a browser-based software tool that invites anyone to view and work on a massive number of transcription projects. One fascinating collection provided by the Library of Virginia and Institute… Continue reading Straight Talk from Soldiers – Virginia’s WWI Veterans Questionnaires

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