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

  • Anna and Her Brothers - Finding Relations When No Family Stories Exist
    Jun 12, 12:00 AM – Oct 10, 11:59 PM
    SCGS Jamboree
    This presentation examines a combination of family stories, photographs and both direct and indirect evidence to rebuild the journey of an immigrant Czech family in Ohio and Nebraska.
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  •  Discovering your UK/Irish Roots Online
    Thu, Sep 23
    Indian Prairie Genealogy Group
    Sep 23, 1:00 PM CDT
    Indian Prairie Genealogy Group
    Websites and Resources for English, Welsh, Irish and Scottish Ancestry
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  • Tracing Female Ancestors in WWI Military and Non-Combatant Records
    Fri, Oct 01
    Texas State Genealogical Society Conference
    Oct 01, 8:00 AM – Oct 02, 11:59 PM
    Texas State Genealogical Society Conference
    Women were essential to the success of America’s troops in World War I. This lecture will outline a plan to locate and use a variety of local, state, and national records to discover the stories of female ancestors serving in military and volunteer roles.
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  • Anna and Her Brothers - Finding Relations When No Family Stories Exist
    Fri, Oct 01
    Texas State Genealogical Society Conference
    Oct 01, 8:00 AM – Oct 02, 11:59 PM
    Texas State Genealogical Society Conference
    This presentation examines a combination of family stories, photographs and both direct and indirect evidence to rebuild the journey of an immigrant Czech family in Ohio and Nebraska.
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  • Anna and Her Brothers - Finding Relations When No Family Stories Exist
    Oct 09, 10:00 AM
    South Suburban Genealogical Society, 3000 W 170th Pl, Hazel Crest, IL 60429, USA
    This presentation examines a combination of family stories, photographs and both direct and indirect evidence to rebuild the journey of an immigrant Czech family in Ohio and Nebraska.
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  • Unusual Places to Find Births and Naturalizations
    Wed, Nov 03
    McHenry Public Library District
    Nov 03, 7:00 PM CDT
    McHenry Public Library District
    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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  • Stories in Stone: Decoding the Sentiment Behind Cemetery Symbolism
    Nov 15, 3:00 PM
    Ela Area Public Library
    The symbols found on headstones usually possess special meanings to those interred in their final resting place. But what do they mean? Take a virtual tour of several cemeteries and find out!
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  • Mixers and Shakers - Tracing your Saloon, Tavern, and Bar Keeping Ancestors Before Prohibition
    Jan 25, 2022, 7:00 PM CST
    Helen Plum Library
    Our ancestor's need for a good drink can provide new details and narratives for your genealogy research.
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  • Mixers and Shakers - Tracing your Saloon, Tavern, and Bar Keeping Ancestors Before Prohibition
    Mar 10, 2022, 8:30 PM CST
    Contra Costa Genealogical Society
    Our ancestor's need for a good drink can provide new details and narratives for your genealogy research.
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  • More than Money and Land - The Evolution of Bounty Land, Military Pensions, and Alternative Records Documenting Service
    May 10, 2022, 6:30 PM CDT
    New Lenox Public Library, 120 Veterans Pkwy, New Lenox, IL 60451, USA
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  •  Discovering your UK/Irish Roots Online
    Tue, May 24
    North San Diego County Genealogical Society
    May 24, 2022, 12:00 PM
    North San Diego County Genealogical Society
    Websites and Resources for English, Welsh, Irish and Scottish Ancestry
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  •  Discovering your UK/Irish Roots Online
    Mon, Jul 11
    Wabash Valley Genealogy Society
    Jul 11, 2022, 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, 2022, 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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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

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.

Illinois State Genealogical Society Quarterly

Spring 2020

After 180 Years: Records of the Laborers Who Built the Illinois & Michigan Canal
Hundreds of documents with names and other information about the laborers who built the Illinois & Michigan Canal have been rediscovered in the vault of the canal commission’s former headquarters, nearly 180 years after work on the waterway began.  The records could prove to be a treasure trove for genealogists and historians.

National Genealogical Society Magazine

April-June 2020

​Immigrant Ancestors in World War I Military Naturalizations

Non-citizens residing in the USA during World War I were drafted in the military, and with their induction into service, and the government responded by streamlining the naturalization process for these 'alien' servicemen.  This article introduces readers to strategies for researching WWI immigrant ancestors and discover more about their military service and personal path to citizenship.

 
 

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Debra M. Dudek

Lockport, Illinois

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