Irish in the Great Lakes

This talk about Irish railroad workers and canal builders in the 19th century was given in PRONI on 16 November 2015.

All routes led to Chicago

Debra M. Dudek is Head of Adult and Teen Services at the Fountaindale Public Library District in Bolingbrook, IL. Debra specializes in British genealogy and technology topics. She is currently pursuing a second master’s degree in Genealogical, Paleographic and Heraldic Studies from the University of Strathclyde in Glasgow, Scotland.

Tina Beaird is the Genealogy/Local History Librarian at the Plainfield Public Library in Plainfield, Illinois. Tina uses her master’s degree in archiving and preservation to lecture on topics including genealogical research, archival preservation, and Illinois history at national, state and local conferences. She has provided professional research support for more than a decade and has been researching her family’s history for over twenty years.

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