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chicagogenealogy

I help you find Chicago ancestors.

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40131287680 276abf408b o

chicagogenealogy

I help you find Chicago ancestors.

882

Reviews
40131287680 276abf408b o

chicagogenealogy

I help you find Chicago ancestors.

882

Reviews
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chicagogenealogy

Southern California

I help you find Chicago ancestors.

10 Recent Reviews
872 Legacy Reviews
100% positive

$30.00/hour

Cynthia Richardson

Southern California
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Response Rate

100%

Response Time

10 hours


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Services
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. 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.

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.

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

Record Retrieval
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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 for a single record 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.


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872 Legacy Reviews

100% positive

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bobw50

Cyndy went the extra miles (note miles, not just mile) on my project and it was quality work. Having worked with her before I was aware that the service she provides includes much more that just data and documents. Insight, suggestions, and action etc., are the extras that make a difference.

The Genelighten Website and approach is great and undoubtedly getting better as I type this review.

I highly recommend Genlighten and Cyndy.

BW

July 2018


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burnstm

Cyndy did a search through Chicago Catholic parish records in order to help find marriage and baptism records for my family. The baptism records helped identify my great-great-great grandmother's maiden name! Very thorough and tenacious in her research, and well documented results which included references to other records of individuals with the same surname (in case they happen to appear again in future research).

July 2018


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jkrolik

Very quick turn around as always.

May 2018


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janvan89

Provider Cyndy at "Chicagogenealogy" was extremely helpful in finding multiple records for me. She has great communication skills and even refunded and gave suggestions on where to find those records she could not locate.

April 2018


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hexagon2

Superlative service, as always! Very fast response to my messages, speedy turnaround on my request for records. Images are very clear and easy to download. The cost was very reasonable. I could not imagine a better experience. Thank you!

April 2018


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dean-r

Professional and prompt as always.

April 2018


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dean-r

Your just the best. :)

February 2018


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clangelica85

Thanks again, Cyndy!

December 2017


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clangelica85

Fast and helpful! I'll definitely use Cyndy again.

December 2017


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deloresdominguez

excellent job as always. Thanks

October 2017


Cynthia Richardson

Southern California

$30.00 /hour

Response Rate

100%

Response Time

10 hours

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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. 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.

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.

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 for a single record 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.


    ×

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

100% positive

Profile placeholder avatar image thumb 28 b45bcc14037796918b49561eb70336f62818189b82549dedc73a9582a9ecac74

bobw50

Cyndy went the extra miles (note miles, not just mile) on my project and it was quality work. Having worked with her before I was aware that the service she provides includes much more that just data and documents. Insight, suggestions, and action etc., are the extras that make a difference.

The Genelighten Website and approach is great and undoubtedly getting better as I type this review.

I highly recommend Genlighten and Cyndy.

BW

July 2018


Profile placeholder avatar image thumb 12 f04b2561adc8ead17f62b2ed24446d100a1069e51101b7715a9611d5ca27f43c

burnstm

Cyndy did a search through Chicago Catholic parish records in order to help find marriage and baptism records for my family. The baptism records helped identify my great-great-great grandmother's maiden name! Very thorough and tenacious in her research, and well documented results which included references to other records of individuals with the same surname (in case they happen to appear again in future research).

July 2018


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jkrolik

Very quick turn around as always.

May 2018


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janvan89

Provider Cyndy at "Chicagogenealogy" was extremely helpful in finding multiple records for me. She has great communication skills and even refunded and gave suggestions on where to find those records she could not locate.

April 2018


Profile placeholder avatar image thumb 18 ae705ac458640d4ed0fc13f425b660272bf53347f35a9aa8186a0cda875aaed2

hexagon2

Superlative service, as always! Very fast response to my messages, speedy turnaround on my request for records. Images are very clear and easy to download. The cost was very reasonable. I could not imagine a better experience. Thank you!

April 2018


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dean-r

Professional and prompt as always.

April 2018


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dean-r

Your just the best. :)

February 2018


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clangelica85

Thanks again, Cyndy!

December 2017


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clangelica85

Fast and helpful! I'll definitely use Cyndy again.

December 2017


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deloresdominguez

excellent job as always. Thanks

October 2017