Online Classes · Webinar · Websites

Shake Up Your Summer with Free Online Genealogy Classes and Webinars- Follow Friday

Who says you’re too cool for summer school?  Summer is a great time to pick up new genealogy skills! FutureLearn announced a second edition of Genealogy: Researching Your Family Tree to their summer schedule.  The response to the first course in March was positively overwhelming, with over 26,000 genealogists participating in the coursework.  This summer’s class is… Continue reading Shake Up Your Summer with Free Online Genealogy Classes and Webinars- Follow Friday

Online Classes · Websites

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 · Fountaindale Public Library District · Websites

Genealogy for Kids and Free Beginning Genealogy Classes – Motivation Monday

What does Jennifer Holik do when she’s not preparing for Genealogy Day?   Answer: She writes genealogy books. Yes, she’s published a group of how-to ebooks on Amazon, a non-fiction a World War II account entitled To Soar with the Tigers and has now tackled the most intriguing market of all: genealogy for children. Holik’s Branching… Continue reading Genealogy for Kids and Free Beginning Genealogy Classes – Motivation Monday

Books and Print Material · Fountaindale Public Library District · Websites

Spring Brings Great Genealogy Reads and Online Shows! – Wisdom Wednesday

I’m always on the lookout for books, movies, and other fun fictional stuff featuring genealogists.  Hollywood and fiction writers love to place genealogists in a lot of the same stereotypes – namely obsessed research-driven people who glorify the deceased and whilst bumbling around the present with limited social skills.   Occasionally, I do meet these… Continue reading Spring Brings Great Genealogy Reads and Online Shows! – Wisdom Wednesday

Fountaindale Public Library District · Public Presentations

Be There or Be Square: FPLD Genealogy Club Speaker Schedule updated! – Motivation Monday

What do you have to lose?  Make a resolution to attend more Fountaindale Public Library Genealogy Club programs! We have three great speakers ready to help motivate you to success!  The FPLD Genealogy Club meets on the second Wednesday of the month at 7 p.m in Meeting Room A of the Fountaindale Public Library. UPCOMING… Continue reading Be There or Be Square: FPLD Genealogy Club Speaker Schedule updated! – Motivation Monday

Databases · Fountaindale Public Library District

Utilizing Spokeo for Genealogy Research – Thankful Thursday

The ancient Greek philosophers have urged countless generations to “Know Thyself”. Now there’s a website that can tell you (and others) who you are with one mouse click. Spokeo.com, a split personality website which marries online ‘white pages’ with an information gathering search engine, allows subscribers to search for individuals by name, location, ect. and… Continue reading Utilizing Spokeo for Genealogy Research – Thankful Thursday

Databases · European Research

Minding the Gap in Post-WWII Immigration/Refugee Genealogy Records – Society Saturday

Each patron query is an opportunity to learn something new. My case in point from last week -My patron has been seeking records on Lithuanian immigrant A. Bartkus and his family. Anything goes.  My patron didn’t really have much to work with, as her dad won’t talk about his childhood in World World II Lithuania/Germany.… Continue reading Minding the Gap in Post-WWII Immigration/Refugee Genealogy Records – Society Saturday

Databases · European Research

Looking at Rootsireland.ie – Those Places Thursday

I’ve had limited luck researching Irish records.  It’s not that I don’t think I’m trying hard enough, I just think the ‘luck of the Irish’ is simply not with me on this endeavor.  When I think strategically about Irish research, there are several apparent disadvantages, namely non-existent census records, late vital records registration, and limited… Continue reading Looking at Rootsireland.ie – Those Places Thursday

Fountaindale Public Library District · Local History and Genealogy

Free Family History Writing Class – Thrifty Thursday

Is your family story too good to keep in the family?  Was great-grandpa a train robber?  Was great-great grandma a college graduate?  Your family may be littered with black sheep and canonized saints, but that won’t keep their stories alive forever.  So save some hard earned cash and learn to write your family history saga!… Continue reading Free Family History Writing Class – Thrifty Thursday

Books and Print Material

Dave Dowell’s Crash Course in Genealogy – Tuesday’s Tip

I’ve read a lot of genealogy books.  I’m not bragging or anything, but I work in a library, so it makes sense that I’m looking through/checking out/reading genealogy books all the time.  The results are mixed. Are they all stunning works of research?  No. A dry read?  Sometimes.  Ok.  Most of the time. Useful?  Yes,… Continue reading Dave Dowell’s Crash Course in Genealogy – Tuesday’s Tip