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.

 

Finding Your
World War I Ancestors

Need help tracking down your World War I military ancestor?  Watch this free webinar and get started with your research!

 

Books and Ebooks

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Upcoming Events

  •  Discovering your UK/Irish Roots Online
    Mon, Jul 11
    Wabash Valley Genealogy Society
    Jul 11, 5:30 PM CDT
    Wabash Valley Genealogy Society
    Websites and Resources for English, Welsh, Irish and Scottish Ancestry
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  • Tracing your World War I Illinois Ancestors
    Sat, Jul 16
    LaSalle County Genealogy Guild
    Jul 16, 1:00 PM CDT
    LaSalle County Genealogy Guild, 115 W Glover St, Ottawa, IL 61350, USA
    Using a fail-proof method of record gathering, you can begin to construct a large amount of information even if your Illinois ancestor’s official military records were destroyed in the NRPC fire.
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  •  Discovering your UK/Irish Roots Online
    Sat, Jul 23
    The Genealogy Society of Chicago Scots
    Jul 23, 10:00 AM CDT
    The Genealogy Society of Chicago Scots
    Websites and Resources for English, Welsh, Irish and Scottish Ancestry
    Share
  • A Beginners Guide to Fold3 Library Edition
    Thu, Aug 11
    Peoria County Genealogical Society
    Aug 11, 6:00 PM CDT
    Peoria County Genealogical Society
    Learn how to navigate the site, browse resources effectively, and find the hidden gems on this fantastic database.
    Share
  • More than Money and Land - The Evolution of Bounty Land, Military Pensions, and Alternative Records Documenting Service
    Aug 15, 7:00 PM CDT
    Zion Genealogical Society
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  • A Beginners Guide to Fold3 Library Edition
    Thu, Aug 18
    Appleton Public Library
    Aug 18, 6:00 PM CDT
    Appleton Public Library
    Learn how to navigate the site, browse resources effectively, and find the hidden gems on this fantastic database.
    Share
  • Beyond Ancestry
    Tue, Sep 20
    Hinsdale Public Library
    Sep 20, 7:00 PM CDT
    Hinsdale Public Library, 20 E Maple St, Hinsdale, IL 60521, USA
    Not all your research online can be conducted with Ancestry.com. There are many free and budget friendly resources which can assist you in conducting genealogy research on the web. This program covers exciting and evolving websites from across the United States and parts of Europe.
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  • Genealogy for Beginners
    Thu, Sep 29
    Westmont Public Library
    Sep 29, 6:30 PM
    Westmont Public Library, 428 N Cass Ave, Westmont, IL 60559, USA
    Learn the basics of genealogical research in a friendly and welcoming environment. All skill levels welcome!
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  • Genealogy for Beginners
    Wed, Oct 05
    Franklin Park Public Library District
    Oct 05, 7:00 PM
    Franklin Park Public Library District, 10311 Grand Ave, Franklin Park, IL 60131, USA
    Learn the basics of genealogical research in a friendly and welcoming environment. All skill levels welcome!
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  •  Discovering your UK/Irish Roots Online
    Thu, Oct 06
    Town & Country Public Library
    Oct 06, 7:00 PM
    Town & Country Public Library
    Websites and Resources for English, Welsh, Irish and Scottish Ancestry
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  • Unusual Places to Find Births and Naturalizations
    Wed, Oct 12
    Pikes Peak Genealogical Society
    Oct 12, 8:00 PM CDT
    Pikes Peak Genealogical Society
    Widen your search for birth dates and locations as well as naturalizations from a variety of underutilized resources such as military rosters, consulate applications, voter registrations, cancelled passports, frakturs and much more.
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  • Unusual Places to Find Births and Naturalizations
    Thu, Oct 20
    Elmhurst Public Library
    Oct 20, 7:00 PM CDT
    Elmhurst Public Library
    Widen your search for birth dates and locations as well as naturalizations from a variety of underutilized resources such as military rosters, consulate applications, voter registrations, cancelled passports, frakturs and much more.
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  • Unusual Places to Find Births and Naturalizations
    Nov 19, 10:00 AM CST
    BIGWILL Genealogists, 5714 Broadway Rd, Richmond, IL 60071, USA
    Widen your search for birth dates and locations as well as naturalizations from a variety of underutilized resources such as military rosters, consulate applications, voter registrations, cancelled passports, frakturs and much more.
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  • World War I Genealogy – Where Do I Start?
    Thu, Feb 16
    St. Croix Valley Genealogical Society
    Feb 16, 2023, 7:00 PM CST
    St. Croix Valley Genealogical Society
    Using a fail-proof method of record gathering, you can begin to construct a large amount of information even if your ancestor’s official military records were destroyed in the NRPC fire.
    Share
 

Free Webinars

   Internet Archive for Genealogy Research

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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.

                 Using Fold3 Library Edition

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April 28, 2020

Learn how to navigate the site, browse resources effectively, download important documents, and find the hidden gems on this fantastic database.

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

National Genealogical Society Quarterly 

March 2021

Genealogy at a Glance: War of 1812 Research

This updated edition of War of 1812 Research is a well organized four-page guide. It’s concise design assists family historians and professional genealogists to quickly navigate major collections and discover more about their military service and personal path to citizenship.

Illinois State Genealogical Society Quarterly

Fall 2020

Suffrage and Service: Finding Your Suffragist Ancestor
While there are few online resources dedicated to American suffrage research, tantalizing sources can be found in newspapers, scrapbooks, personal items, digitized books, society collections, and archival materials.  This article provides checklists and a case study for researching suffrage crusaders performing patriotic volunteer service during the Great War.

Illinois State Genealogical Society Quarterly

Fall 2020

Book Review: The World of Juliette Kinzie: Chicago Before the Fire

The World Of Juliette Kinzie by Dr. Ann Durkin Keating is a richly detailed account of one of Chicago's earliest leading matrons: an author, philanthropist, savvy business helpmate, a woman credited with helping to establish one of the city's earliest churches and for opening her home to a parade of historical figures, one of whom was Abraham Lincoln.

 
 

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Debra M. Dudek

Lockport, Illinois

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