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Debra Dudek

Genealogist   Author   Librarian

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About Debra Dudek

Genealogist  Author  Librarian

Debra M. Dudek is Head of Adult and Teen Services at the Fountaindale Public Library District in Bolingbrook, IL.
Ms. Dudek specializes in British genealogy, World War I research, and emerging technology topics. An alumna of Olivet College (Olivet, Michigan) and the University of Strathclyde (Glasgow, Scotland). Ms. Dudek holds a Bachelor of Arts in Journalism, a Masters in Information and Library Studies, and a Post Graduate Certificate in Genealogical, Palaeographic & Heraldic Studies.


Books and Ebooks


Free Downloadable World War I Research Checklist

Need help tracking down your World War I era ancestor?  Download this free checklist and get started with your research!

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Upcoming Events
Internet Archive - The Amazing Genealogical Resource!
Thu, Apr 23
Kane County Genealogical Society
Apr 23, 7:30 PM
Kane County Genealogical Society, 113 S 3rd St, Geneva, IL 60134, USA
Adventures with Lost Postcards: Using eBay, Etsy, Craigslist, and CardCow to Break Down Genealogical Brick Walls
Wed, May 27
Indian Trails Public Library District
May 27, 7:00 PM
Indian Trails Public Library District, 355 Schoenbeck Rd, Wheeling, IL 60090, USA
Civil War Genealogy
Thu, Jul 09
Town & Country Public Library
Jul 09, 7:00 PM
Town & Country Public Library, 320 E North St, Elburn, IL 60119, USA
World War I Genealogy – Where Do I Start?
Sat, Jul 18
Lasalle County Genealogy Guild
Jul 18, 1:00 PM – 3:00 PM
Lasalle County Genealogy Guild, 115 W Glover St, Ottawa, IL 61350, USA
Adventures With Lost Postcards
Fri, Sep 18
Merrillville Branch Lake County Public
Sep 18, 1:00 PM – 2:00 PM
Merrillville Branch Lake County Public, 1919 81st Ave, Merrillville, IN 46410, USA
Allied with the Allies - Researching British, Canadian, Australian, French and Italian Military Records
Sat, Sep 19
British Interest Group of Wis & Ill
Sep 19, 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM
British Interest Group of Wis & Ill, 5714 Broadway Rd, Richmond, IL 60071, USA
World War I Genealogy – Where Do I Start?
Thu, Oct 08
Peoria Co. Genealogical Society Webinar
Oct 08, 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM
Peoria Co. Genealogical Society Webinar, Peoria Public Library, 3001 West Grand Parkway, Peoria, IL 61615, USA
The War of 1812 - Researching 'Second Revolution' Ancestors
Wed, Oct 21
DuPage County Genealogical Society
Oct 21, 7:00 PM
DuPage County Genealogical Society, 225 N Cross St, Wheaton, IL 60187, USA

Free Webinar

Internet Archive for Genealogy Research

February 14, 2019

Super charge your genealogy research with Internet Archive! If you haven’t been on this site yet, you’re missing a lot of fantastic resources!

Webinar for personal use only.  Please contact speaker for society or group viewing options.

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Recently Published Works

Articles and Book Reviews

Illinois State Genealogical Society Quarterly

Spring 2019

Finding Your Illinois Ancestor Who Fought the Great War

You don't have to be an expert genealogist to begin exploring your family's Great War experiences.  Using a combination of personal, archival, and online resources, you can rediscover a rich array of records for your World War I veteran ancestors.

Wisconsin State Genealogical Society

Winter 2018

Wisconsin and the Great War - Adding World War I Records to Your Genealogy Research

Genealogists in Wisconsin have access to a rich array of state and local military records which can supplement what they may already have in their family collection.  From databases to museum photograph collections, anyone with Wisconsin World War I veteran ancestors should see what this state has to offer!

Illinois State Genealogical Society Quarterly

Fall 2018

Book Review: Two Centuries of South-Central Illinois Families: The Centralia Carls and Others
When Jim Carl decided to try is hand at writing his family history, he didn't plan to fit his project into a specific theme, instead he developed a format which is unique among genealogy publications.  His recently published book, Two centuries of South-Central Illinois Families is not a traditional book of names, dates, and locations.  It is a finely tuned memoir and collection of stories presented in an engaging and readable style.


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Debra Dudek

Bolingbrook, Illinois