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

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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

  • Thu, Mar 11
    Mount Prospect Public Library
    Mar 11, 7:00 PM
    Mount Prospect Public Library
    Webinar program hosted by the Mount Prospect Public Library Can’t find it on Ancestry? Learn all about Internet Archive and its amazing collection of city directories, county histories, gazetteers, yearbooks, and family genealogies. If you haven’t been on this site yet, you’re missing a lot of fan
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  • Sat, Mar 13
    North Shore Chapter NSDAR
    Mar 13, 1:00 PM
    North Shore Chapter NSDAR
    Remember that one time Martha Washington's will got stolen? Who knew Civil War looters, patriotic women braying for justice, and the death of a millionaire would set a precedent for protecting legal documents.
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  • Apr 08, 7:00 PM – 8:00 PM CDT
    McHenry County IL Genealogical Society
    Examine the abundant resources, service files, and information for service men and women who served in Canadian, UK, Australian, and French forces during World War I. The lecture will also examine Red Cross records and resources in the US and abroad.
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  • Apr 15, 7:00 PM CDT
    Elgin (Illinois) Genealogical Society
    Online auction and resale sites don’t make finding genealogical treasures easy, but with a little persistence, you can discover lost family heirlooms for yourself or share item details with others online.
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  • Sat, Apr 17
    Appleton Public Library
    Apr 17, 2:00 PM CDT
    Appleton Public Library
    Websites and Resources for English, Welsh, Irish and Scottish Ancestry
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  • Fri, May 07
    Heartland Family History Conference
    May 07, 8:00 AM CDT – May 08, 8:00 PM CDT
    Heartland Family History 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.
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  • May 07, 8:00 AM CDT – May 08, 8:00 PM CDT
    Heartland Family History 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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  • Tue, May 11
    Schaumburg Township District Library
    May 11, 7:00 PM – 8:30 PM CDT
    Schaumburg Township District Library
    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.
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  • May 13, 7:00 PM CDT
    The Grove Interpretative Center
    Take a glimpse into the customs and rituals of death in Victorian America. We can thank the Victorians for the 'cult of mourning' which generated a fantastic assortment of keepsakes, mementos, and paperwork.
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  • Thu, May 20
    Downers Grove Public Library
    May 20, 6:30 PM
    Downers Grove Public Library
    Webinar program hosted by the Downers Grove Public Library. Can’t find it on Ancestry? Learn all about Internet Archive and its amazing collection of city directories, county histories, gazetteers, yearbooks, and family genealogies. If you haven’t been on this site yet, you’re missing a lot of fan
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  • Tue, Jun 08
    Lake County IL Genealogical Society
    Jun 08, 7:00 PM CDT
    Lake County IL Genealogical Society
    Websites and Resources for English, Welsh, Irish and Scottish Ancestry
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  • 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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  • Thu, Jun 17
    Williamson County Genealogical Society
    Jun 17, 7:30 PM – 9:30 PM CDT
    Williamson County 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.
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  • Jul 15, 6:30 PM
    Larimer County Genealogical Society of Colo
    Learn how a mass collective of middle class private citizens helped the FBI collect information on non-US citizens during the Great War, and how to track down the files these investigations left behind.
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  • Mon, Jul 26
    Plainfield Public Library
    Jul 26, 7:00 PM CDT
    Plainfield 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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Free Webinars

   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.

                 Using Fold3 Library Edition

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.

 

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 Dudek

Bolingbrook, Illinois

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