Who We Are
Dean was introduced to genealogy by his wife, who ushered him up to the genealogy section of the local university library one night to show him the New York Times obituary for his Civil War ancestor. That was thirty-something years ago, and he's been hooked on family history ever since. Dean's responsibilities at Genlighten range from front-end design and Rails back-end development to sales and marketing.
Looking for a way to turn her passion for historical document research into a source of income, Cynthia taught herself HTML and CSS and built chicagogenealogy.com back in 2003. Since then, she's performed Chicago-area genealogy lookups and custom research for thousands of delighted customers. She's also served as volunteer and director at the Wilmette Family History Center. At Genlighten, Cynthia handles customer support inquiries, maintains our online help facility, and curates our community-generated content. When you call or e-mail us, she'll usually be the one you chat with.