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

  • 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
  • Members Sharing Knowledge
    Sun, Aug 21
    Polish Genealogical Society of America
    Aug 21, 2:00 PM – Aug 22, 4:00 PM
    Polish Genealogical Society of America
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  • 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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  • Beyond Ancestry
    Tue, Oct 11
    Brookfield Public Library
    Oct 11, 4:00 PM CDT
    Brookfield Public Library, 3541 Park Ave, Brookfield, IL 60513, 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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  • 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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  •  Discovering your UK/Irish Roots Online
    Wed, Oct 26
    Ashtabula County Genealogical Society
    Oct 26, 5:30 PM CDT
    Ashtabula County Genealogical Society
    Websites and Resources for English, Welsh, Irish and Scottish Ancestry
    Share
  • A Beginners Guide to Fold3 Library Edition
    Thu, Nov 03
    Wilmette Public Library
    Nov 03, 7:00 PM CDT
    Wilmette Public Library
    Learn how to navigate the site, browse resources effectively, and find the hidden gems on this fantastic database.
    Share
  • The War of 1812 - Researching 'Second Revolution' Ancestors
    Fri, Nov 04
    Texas State Genealogical Society Conference
    Nov 04, 12:00 PM – Nov 05, 12:00 PM
    Texas State Genealogical Society Conference
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  • Unusual Places to Find Births and Naturalizations
    Fri, Nov 04
    Texas State Genealogical Society Conference
    Nov 04, 12:00 PM CDT – Nov 05, 12:00 PM CDT
    Texas State Genealogical Society Conference
    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.
    Share
  • Mixers and Shakers - Tracing your Saloon, Tavern, and Bar Keeping Ancestors Before Prohibition
    Nov 04, 12:00 PM CDT – Nov 05, 12:00 PM CDT
    Texas State Genealogical Society Conference
    Our ancestor's need for a good drink can provide new details and narratives for your genealogy research.
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  • Tracing Female Ancestors in WWI Military and Non-Combatant Records
    Nov 12, 10:00 AM
    Naperville Public Library, 200 W Jefferson Ave, Naperville, IL 60540, USA
    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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  •  Discovering your UK/Irish Roots Online
    Wed, Nov 16
    Normal Public Library
    Nov 16, 6:30 PM CST
    Normal Public Library
    Websites and Resources for English, Welsh, Irish and Scottish Ancestry
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Free Webinars


Fabulous Frakturs - Documenting Family Life Through Folk Art

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April 2022

This program will examine the history of this unique artform, the vital records generated from these items, and how to use them in your genealogy research. Originally presented as a recording for the  DuPage Chapter of the National Society Daughters of the American Colonists.

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

Summer 2022

Illinois State Genealogical Society Quarterly

Amazing Discovery: The Only Known Copy of the 1845 Will County Census

What once was thought lost has been found: The only known copy of the 1845 Illinois Census of Will County. The census was found rolled up in an underwear drawer in the home of a local historian.  A note found with the census stated it had been discovered by a workman when Will County was demolishing its historic 1887 courthouse in the 1960s.  The census was compiled at the time Irish immigrants and other laborers in Will County were digging the Illinois & Michigan Canal, which connected Lake Michigan to the Mississippi River. 

June 2022

National Genealogical Society Quarterly 

Book Review: American Merchant Seamen of the Early Nineteenth Century by Anne Morddel

This is an essential book for anyone with ancestors who sailed the seas, regardless of  age, race, income, or religion. The author provides a concise yet robust list of  records and methodologies in accessing North American and European records from the time period.

Spring 2022

Illinois State Genealogical Society Quarterly

Book Review - Sources for Irish Family History compiled by James G. Ryan.  While covering an extensive list of surnames for families of all socioeconomic classes, the newest edition of Sources for Irish Family History takes great pains to provide complete citations for essential resources such as periodicals, journals, books, family histories, websites, and privately printed materials.

Spring 2022

Illinois State Genealogical Society Quarterly

Book Review - Irish Immigration to America by Stephen Szabados.  This book provides an in-depth examination of the Irish migration process based on time period and location.  It also provides a robust account of voyage conditions, ship types, maps, visual materials, and detailed research topics in an easy-to-read format.

 
 

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Debra M. Dudek

Lockport, Illinois

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