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40131287680 276abf408b o

chicagogenealogy

I help you find Chicago ancestors.

896

Reviews
40131287680 276abf408b o

chicagogenealogy

I help you find Chicago ancestors.

896

Reviews
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chicagogenealogy

Southern California

I help you find Chicago ancestors.

24 Recent Reviews
872 Legacy Reviews
100% positive

$40.00/hour

Cynthia Richardson

Southern California
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About Me

I've been "doing genealogy" as a hobby since 1979 but it wasn't until 2015 that I decided to get serious about learning to "do it right."

I am a tenacious and creative researcher, and while I don't yet consider myself to be a polished professional, I work hard to produce quality reports that reflect solid research practices.

If I'm not engrossed in a genealogy project, I'm probably sitting on the porch with a fiddle or banjo in hand. Old-time music is my other passion!

I no longer live in Illinois, but I am able to call on research associates when I need records that I'm unable to access from a distance.

Research Services

I am able to undertake projects focused on answering challenging research questions and I very much enjoy starting from scratch to piece together Chicago families.

Feel free to suggest a project. If I believe I can help, I will submit a proposal and quote and if I believe someone else is better suited to the job, I won't hesitate to refer you.

I can also retrieve early Chicago vital records through FamilySearch if you are unable to get to a Family History Center to do it yourself. For one record, please use my $5.00 lookup offering. For two or more, please use the red button to ask for a quote. I am very efficient and doing it that way will save you money.

Education/Training

I have 10+ years of experience working with Chicago records.

I completed the nineteen-month ProGen study group experience in 2018.

I have a B.A. in Japanese and an M.Ed. in Language, Reading, & Culture.

My contest-winning narrative, "James A. Smith: Hatter and Furrier," appears in the Winter 2019 edition of the Chicago Genealogical Society's Chicago Genealogist.

Research Specialities
  • Court Records
  • Vital Records
Research Localities
  • Chicago, IL
  • Cook, IL, USA
Educational Background
  • ProGen Certificate of Completion
Birth/marriage/death records
Brick wall analysis/research planning
Cemetery photos
Descendancy research
Divorce records
Genetic genealogy
Land/tax records
Lineage determination
Lineage society applications
Manuscript preparation
Naturalization records
Obituary research
Pension/military service records
Photo restoration
Probate/court records
Surname studies
Translation/transcription

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How to Hire chicagogenealogy for Your Genealogy Research Project

To request a no-obligation quote for a custom genealogical research project, click the red "Submit Research Request" button at the top of this page.

To message the provider before ordering, click the brown "Ask Question First" button.

If you're looking for assistance with straightforward document retrieval tasks, consider ordering one of the fixed-fee offerings below.

Fixed-Fee Document Retrieval Offerings

  • Chicago Vital Records from FamilySearch
    Many early Chicago birth, marriage, and death records are available for free on FamilySearch--even when the index link takes you to the Cook County...

    $5.00/record

  • Document Retrieval Offering Details

    Chicago Vital Records from FamilySearch

    $5.00/record

    Description

    Many early Chicago birth, marriage, and death records are available for free on FamilySearch--even when the index link takes you to the Cook County website--but only by going in person to a Family History Center or affiliate library and only if you access the record images through the online catalog.

    If you are unable to retrieve Chicago records on your own, I can do it for you. I can visit the FHC on Tuesday, Wednesday, or Thursday and I'm committed to fast turnaround times.

    I charge $5.00 for a single record to cover my time and travel and I discount that rate for requests for multiple records.

    If I'm unable to locate a record for you, there is no charge.

    And, if you have any questions, just ask!

    Ordering Instructions

    If you need 1 record, tell me what you need, select "1" and submit.

    If you need 2+ records, please use the red button from my profile page to ask for a quote. Doing it that way will save you money.

    When ordering, please paste the citations from a FamilySearch Index, if you have them. Here's an example of what I mean:

    Illinois, Cook County Deaths, 1878-1994," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:N7VW-NPD : 17 May 2016), Marcia Mahala Smith, 15 Jun 1885; citing , Cook, Illinois, United States, source reference cn 64870, record number 51, Cook County Courthouse, Chicago; FHL microfilm 1,030,909.


    ×
  • New! Chicago Deaths, 1871-1878
    If you're looking for a Chicago death, post-Fire through 1878, the first step is to search "Indexes to deaths in the city of Chicago during the yea...

    $8.00/record

  • Document Retrieval Offering Details

    New! Chicago Deaths, 1871-1878

    $8.00/record

    Description

    If you're looking for a Chicago death, post-Fire through 1878, the first step is to search "Indexes to deaths in the city of Chicago during the years 1871 to 1933 : showing name, address and date of death" (https://www.familysearch.org/search/catalog/293534) and the next step is to obtain the matching record from "Illinois, Cook County, Chicago, death registers, 1871-1879" (https://www.familysearch.org/search/catalog/3157227).

    Both steps can be done online through FamilySearch by visiting a Family History Center or an affiliate library.

    If visiting a Family History Center isn't convenient for you, I can help. I visit my local Family History Center regularly so I can offer quick turnaround.

    My fee is $8.00 for a successful search and $4.00, if no index entry can be found, and I provide a detailed report no matter what the outcome.

    Ordering Instructions

    Please give me the name, approximate death date, and an address, if known.


    ×

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24 Reviews
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872 Legacy Reviews

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starrgirrl

This is my first time working with someone on genlighten and Cyndy is wonderful. She went above and beyond in providing information and guidance. I thought I was simply asking for her to retrieve vital records however she also provided a written report and suggestions for moving forward. She surpassed my expectations!

July 2019


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rkvance

Outstanding.

July 2019


1

kimstankiewicz

Great to work with as always! Thank you!

July 2019


1

kimstankiewicz

Quick and efficient and great to work with!

June 2019


1

kimstankiewicz

Cyndy always does a great job and is easy to work with! Highly recommend!

June 2019


1

kimstankiewicz

Great to work with as always! Thank you!

June 2019


20170423 202957

Marre66a

This is so exciting !! You do a fantastic job with Albert. Keep looking for information about Albert, I want to know everything !! That letter I am very curious about. can I get a copy of it?
Sincerely, Marie

May 2019


1

kimstankiewicz

Great job as always! Thank you!

March 2019


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dehansenching

Cyndy sent me a copy of a Chicago marriage license only available from a Family History Center. Learned the names of the witnesses, one of which was probably a sister to the groom of whom I was unaware! Great work for $5.00!

March 2019


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ramikat

Wow! That was really fast. I am so glad I ordered the copy of Charlotte Weichbrodt's death certificate as it had more details than were on the Family Search Website. Thank you!

January 2019


Cynthia Richardson

Southern California

$40.00 /hour

Response Rate

100%

Response Time

7 hours

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I've been "doing genealogy" as a hobby since 1979 but it wasn't until 2015 that I decided to get serious about learning to "do it right."

I am a tenacious and creative researcher, and while I don't yet consider myself to be a polished professional, I work hard to produce quality reports that reflect solid research practices.

If I'm not engrossed in a genealogy project, I'm probably sitting on the porch with a fiddle or banjo in hand. Old-time music is my other passion!

I no longer live in Illinois, but I am able to call on research associates when I need records that I'm unable to access from a distance.

Research Services

I am able to undertake projects focused on answering challenging research questions and I very much enjoy starting from scratch to piece together Chicago families.

Feel free to suggest a project. If I believe I can help, I will submit a proposal and quote and if I believe someone else is better suited to the job, I won't hesitate to refer you.

I can also retrieve early Chicago vital records through FamilySearch if you are unable to get to a Family History Center to do it yourself. For one record, please use my $5.00 lookup offering. For two or more, please use the red button to ask for a quote. I am very efficient and doing it that way will save you money.

Education/Training

I have 10+ years of experience working with Chicago records.

I completed the nineteen-month ProGen study group experience in 2018.

I have a B.A. in Japanese and an M.Ed. in Language, Reading, & Culture.

My contest-winning narrative, "James A. Smith: Hatter and Furrier," appears in the Winter 2019 edition of the Chicago Genealogical Society's Chicago Genealogist.

Research Specialities
  • Court Records
  • Vital Records
Research Localities
  • Chicago, IL
  • Cook, IL, USA
Educational Background
  • ProGen Certificate of Completion
Birth/marriage/death records
Brick wall analysis/research planning
Cemetery photos
Descendancy research
Divorce records
Genetic genealogy
Land/tax records
Lineage determination
Lineage society applications
Manuscript preparation
Naturalization records
Obituary research
Pension/military service records
Photo restoration
Probate/court records
Surname studies
Translation/transcription

How to Hire chicagogenealogy for Your Genealogy Research Project

To request a no-obligation quote for a custom genealogical research project, click the red "Submit Research Request" button to the left.

To message the provider before ordering, click the brown "Ask a Question First" button.

If you're looking for assistance with straightforward document retrieval tasks, consider ordering one of the fixed-fee offerings below.

Fixed-Fee Document Retrieval Offerings

  • Chicago Vital Records from FamilySearch
    Many early Chicago birth, marriage, and death records are available for free on FamilySearch--even when the index link takes yo...

    $5.00

  • Document Retrieval Offering Details

    Chicago Vital Records from FamilySearch

    $5.00/record

    Description

    Many early Chicago birth, marriage, and death records are available for free on FamilySearch--even when the index link takes you to the Cook County website--but only by going in person to a Family History Center or affiliate library and only if you access the record images through the online catalog.

    If you are unable to retrieve Chicago records on your own, I can do it for you. I can visit the FHC on Tuesday, Wednesday, or Thursday and I'm committed to fast turnaround times.

    I charge $5.00 for a single record to cover my time and travel and I discount that rate for requests for multiple records.

    If I'm unable to locate a record for you, there is no charge.

    And, if you have any questions, just ask!

    Ordering Instructions

    If you need 1 record, tell me what you need, select "1" and submit.

    If you need 2+ records, please use the red button from my profile page to ask for a quote. Doing it that way will save you money.

    When ordering, please paste the citations from a FamilySearch Index, if you have them. Here's an example of what I mean:

    Illinois, Cook County Deaths, 1878-1994," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:N7VW-NPD : 17 May 2016), Marcia Mahala Smith, 15 Jun 1885; citing , Cook, Illinois, United States, source reference cn 64870, record number 51, Cook County Courthouse, Chicago; FHL microfilm 1,030,909.


    ×
  • New! Chicago Deaths, 1871-1878
    If you're looking for a Chicago death, post-Fire through 1878, the first step is to search "Indexes to deaths in the city of Ch...

    $8.00

  • Document Retrieval Offering Details

    New! Chicago Deaths, 1871-1878

    $8.00/record

    Description

    If you're looking for a Chicago death, post-Fire through 1878, the first step is to search "Indexes to deaths in the city of Chicago during the years 1871 to 1933 : showing name, address and date of death" (https://www.familysearch.org/search/catalog/293534) and the next step is to obtain the matching record from "Illinois, Cook County, Chicago, death registers, 1871-1879" (https://www.familysearch.org/search/catalog/3157227).

    Both steps can be done online through FamilySearch by visiting a Family History Center or an affiliate library.

    If visiting a Family History Center isn't convenient for you, I can help. I visit my local Family History Center regularly so I can offer quick turnaround.

    My fee is $8.00 for a successful search and $4.00, if no index entry can be found, and I provide a detailed report no matter what the outcome.

    Ordering Instructions

    Please give me the name, approximate death date, and an address, if known.


    ×

Reviews
References
24 Reviews
Friendliness
Effort
Communication
Professionalism
Accuracy
Value
872 Legacy Reviews

100% positive

Profile placeholder avatar image thumb 26 4a2991b7f8349b7b09c11a3f41440a86eb8db7ebab1322a8cfbaaf554d58b6a2

starrgirrl

This is my first time working with someone on genlighten and Cyndy is wonderful. She went above and beyond in providing information and guidance. I thought I was simply asking for her to retrieve vital records however she also provided a written report and suggestions for moving forward. She surpassed my expectations!

July 2019


Profile placeholder avatar image thumb 25 29814e1c0c1d8ea70906ba204fb68dd72ac4018855a04ca6fcf3575ad82d1ddc

rkvance

Outstanding.

July 2019


1

kimstankiewicz

Great to work with as always! Thank you!

July 2019


1

kimstankiewicz

Quick and efficient and great to work with!

June 2019


1

kimstankiewicz

Cyndy always does a great job and is easy to work with! Highly recommend!

June 2019


1

kimstankiewicz

Great to work with as always! Thank you!

June 2019


20170423 202957

Marre66a

This is so exciting !! You do a fantastic job with Albert. Keep looking for information about Albert, I want to know everything !! That letter I am very curious about. can I get a copy of it?
Sincerely, Marie

May 2019


1

kimstankiewicz

Great job as always! Thank you!

March 2019


Profile placeholder avatar image thumb 6 e0ce48077e27c471e5a27bd173cdef0f1cd7d3050c4b16f4723233faf945da57

dehansenching

Cyndy sent me a copy of a Chicago marriage license only available from a Family History Center. Learned the names of the witnesses, one of which was probably a sister to the groom of whom I was unaware! Great work for $5.00!

March 2019


Profile placeholder avatar image thumb 24 6f6b4b53f9da35ef604c6b5c14e8a5c4fc173c45af2fc7fb5e322ef2f8a049d8

ramikat

Wow! That was really fast. I am so glad I ordered the copy of Charlotte Weichbrodt's death certificate as it had more details than were on the Family Search Website. Thank you!

January 2019