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chicagogenealogy

I help you find Chicago ancestors.

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Marcia smith photo sm

chicagogenealogy

I help you find Chicago ancestors.

875

Reviews
Marcia smith photo sm

chicagogenealogy

I help you find Chicago ancestors.

875

Reviews

I help you find Chicago ancestors.

$30.00/hr

Cyndy

Southern California
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Response Time

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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.

Education/Training

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

I've completed the National Genealogical Society's American Genealogy Studies: Beyond the Basics course and I am currently enrolled in ProGen 33.

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

Research Services

I can retrieve early Chicago vital records through FamilySearch if you are unable to get to a Family History Center to do it yourself. $5 for the first record, $1 thereafter.

I am also 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.

Note: My profile image shows Marcia Mahala Swetland Smith who arrived in Chicago in 1835--my husband's Chicago ancestor.

Research Specialities
  • Court Records
  • Vital Records
Research Localities
  • Chicago, IL
  • Cook, IL, USA
Research Repositories
Lineage determination/pedigree documentation
Determining descendants of a specific individual
Brick Wall analysis and formulation of a research plan
Single surname studies
Preparation of lineage society membership requirements
Retrieval of vital record (BMD) copies from nearby archives
Obituary research in historical newspapers
Cemetery photos
Military service/pension record retrieval
Naturalization record retrieval
Court/probate record retrieval
Divorce record retrieval
Land/tax record retrieval
Photo restoration
Translation/transcription of historical documents
Preparation of family history manuscripts for publication
Preparation for analysis of results from DNA testing

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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 in person from a Family History Center or affiliate library and only if you access they 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, Thursday, and Saturday and I'm committed to fast turnaround times.

    I charge $5.00 to retrieve the first record and $1.00 for each one thereafter IF you provide me with the citation from a FamilySearch index. If you don't provide me with index information, then I charge $5.00 for the first record and $2.00 for each one thereafter.

    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 2-6 records and have FamilySearch citations, order "2" lookups, paste the information, and submit! If you need 7-11 records, order "3" lookups, etc.

    You will need to pay the fees in multiples of $5 up front but I will refund the appropriate amount when I finish the project. In other words, if you need 3 records for a total of $7, you would pay $10 and I would refund $3. Promise!

    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.


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deloresdominguez

excellent job as always. Thanks

October 2017


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katew479

Your service was great, and the turnaround time was faster than I expected. It was convenient to download these documents versus receiving via US Mail. Thank you very much. I will definitely come back in further research. Chicago is my roots even though I now live far away.

April 2015


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victorius2015

Thanks for your prompt and courteous service. The information provided really was greatly received by my family.

March 2015


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alemap

Thank you once again for your outstanding service and superb quality of the results. I'm sure I'll be using you again in the near future. Thanks for your wonderful, personal service.Pam

March 2015


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charlenekobessimpson

WOW!! That was delivered so fast.....Thank you SO much for your time and getting the records.They all printed very well.Again thanks so much.

March 2015


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bretonmarre

Very patient working with newbies, thorough, and communicates status throughout the process. Great person to work with

February 2015


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jackiehollow

Wonderful service. She delivered the next day. And went above and beyond what I asked. Highly recommend!

February 2015


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marthamac

Lightening fast service! Thank you.

February 2015


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geneajourney

Thank you!!

February 2015


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geneajourney

Thank you!

February 2015


Cyndy

Southern California

$30.00 /hour

Response Rate

100%

Response Time

< 1 hour

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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.

Education/Training

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

I've completed the National Genealogical Society's American Genealogy Studies: Beyond the Basics course and I am currently enrolled in ProGen 33.

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

Research Services

I can retrieve early Chicago vital records through FamilySearch if you are unable to get to a Family History Center to do it yourself. $5 for the first record, $1 thereafter.

I am also 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.

Note: My profile image shows Marcia Mahala Swetland Smith who arrived in Chicago in 1835--my husband's Chicago ancestor.

Research Specialities
  • Court Records
  • Vital Records
Research Localities
  • Chicago, IL
  • Cook, IL, USA
Research Repositories
Lineage determination/pedigree documentation
Determining descendants of a specific individual
Brick Wall analysis and formulation of a research plan
Single surname studies
Preparation of lineage society membership requirements
Retrieval of vital record (BMD) copies from nearby archives
Obituary research in historical newspapers
Cemetery photos
Military service/pension record retrieval
Naturalization record retrieval
Court/probate record retrieval
Divorce record retrieval
Land/tax record retrieval
Photo restoration
Translation/transcription of historical documents
Preparation of family history manuscripts for publication
Preparation for analysis of results from DNA testing

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 in person from a Family History Center or affiliate library and only if you access they 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, Thursday, and Saturday and I'm committed to fast turnaround times.

    I charge $5.00 to retrieve the first record and $1.00 for each one thereafter IF you provide me with the citation from a FamilySearch index. If you don't provide me with index information, then I charge $5.00 for the first record and $2.00 for each one thereafter.

    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 2-6 records and have FamilySearch citations, order "2" lookups, paste the information, and submit! If you need 7-11 records, order "3" lookups, etc.

    You will need to pay the fees in multiples of $5 up front but I will refund the appropriate amount when I finish the project. In other words, if you need 3 records for a total of $7, you would pay $10 and I would refund $3. Promise!

    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.


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Reviews
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1 Review
Friendliness
Effort
Communication
Professionalism
Accuracy
Value
874 Legacy Reviews

100% positive

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deloresdominguez

excellent job as always. Thanks

October 2017


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katew479

Your service was great, and the turnaround time was faster than I expected. It was convenient to download these documents versus receiving via US Mail. Thank you very much. I will definitely come back in further research. Chicago is my roots even though I now live far away.

April 2015


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victorius2015

Thanks for your prompt and courteous service. The information provided really was greatly received by my family.

March 2015


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alemap

Thank you once again for your outstanding service and superb quality of the results. I'm sure I'll be using you again in the near future. Thanks for your wonderful, personal service.Pam

March 2015


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charlenekobessimpson

WOW!! That was delivered so fast.....Thank you SO much for your time and getting the records.They all printed very well.Again thanks so much.

March 2015


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bretonmarre

Very patient working with newbies, thorough, and communicates status throughout the process. Great person to work with

February 2015


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jackiehollow

Wonderful service. She delivered the next day. And went above and beyond what I asked. Highly recommend!

February 2015


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marthamac

Lightening fast service! Thank you.

February 2015


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geneajourney

Thank you!!

February 2015


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geneajourney

Thank you!

February 2015


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