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

  • Unusual Places to Find Births and Naturalizations
    Thu, Jan 06
    Town & Country Public Library
    Jan 06, 2022, 7:00 PM CST
    Town & Country 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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  • Anna and Her Brothers - Finding Relations When No Family Stories Exist
    Jan 11, 2022, 6:00 PM
    Central Jersey Genealogical Club
    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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  • Mixers and Shakers - Tracing your Saloon, Tavern, and Bar Keeping Ancestors Before Prohibition
    Jan 18, 2022, 7:00 PM CST
    Virtual Genealogical Association
    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
    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
    Jan 30, 2022, 12:00 PM CST
    Little White School Museum, 72 Polk St, Oswego, IL 60543, USA
    Our ancestor's need for a good drink can provide new details and narratives for your genealogy research.
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  •  Discovering your UK/Irish Roots Online
    Thu, Feb 10
    Brockton Public Library
    Feb 10, 2022, 12:00 PM CST
    Brockton Public Library
    Websites and Resources for English, Welsh, Irish and Scottish Ancestry
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  • Unusual Places to Find Births and Naturalizations
    Fri, Feb 11
    Aurora Public Library District
    Feb 11, 2022, 2:00 PM CST
    Aurora 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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  • Mixers and Shakers - Tracing your Saloon, Tavern, and Bar Keeping Ancestors Before Prohibition
    Feb 17, 2022, 7:00 PM CST
    Elgin Genealogical Society
    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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  • Researching your Irish Ancestors Online
    Thu, Mar 17
    Arlington Heights Memorial Library
    Mar 17, 2022, 7:00 PM CDT
    Arlington Heights Memorial Library
    Learn online tools and resources to unpuzzle your Irish heritage. This lecture will introduce you to a variety of online sites, new search strategies, and what steps to take to further your research objectives online and abroad.
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  • Internet Archive - The Amazing Genealogical Resource!
    Tue, Apr 12
    Old York Road Genealogical Society
    Apr 12, 2022, 6:00 PM
    Old York Road Genealogical Society
    Webinar program hosted by the Old York Road Genealogical Society. Learn all about Internet Archive and its amazing collection of city directories, county histories, gazetteers, yearbooks, and family genealogies.
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  • Mixers and Shakers - Tracing your Saloon, Tavern, and Bar Keeping Ancestors Before Prohibition
    Apr 14, 2022, 7:00 PM CDT
    Salina Public Library
    Our ancestor's need for a good drink can provide new details and narratives for your genealogy research.
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  • Genealogy for Beginners
    Wed, Apr 20
    Roselle Public Library
    Apr 20, 2022, 7:00 PM
    Roselle Public Library, 40 Park St, Roselle, IL 60172, USA
    Learn the basics of genealogical research in a friendly and welcoming environment. All skill levels welcome!
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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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  • Unusual Places to Find Births and Naturalizations
    Nov 19, 2022, 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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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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