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chicagogenealogy

I help you find Chicago ancestors.

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chicagogenealogy

I help you find Chicago ancestors.

882

Reviews
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chicagogenealogy

I help you find Chicago ancestors.

882

Reviews
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chicagogenealogy

Southern California

I help you find Chicago ancestors.

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874 Legacy Reviews
100% positive

$30.00/hour

Cyndy

Southern California
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100%

Response Time

13 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

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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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geneajourney

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December 2014


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geneajourney

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December 2014


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stilmn2

Wow. The feedback was very quick and detailed. Images and documentation was clear and complete. Communication and assistance was beyond my expectations especially for a holiday period. Very pleased with the service!

December 2014


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hdolan

Thank you for the quick response and extensive report.

November 2014


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thewingards

Awesome service!

November 2014


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jdepstein500

Thank you so much.

November 2014


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mkbrey

That you so much!! The image is of great quality. I'm so happy to finally see this.

November 2014


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mmccann

Thank you for providing so much information! You have managed to follow their path and it has given me a break through. Do you think there are naturalization records? I will check what I believe is their marriage record - it might explain why he was in the States longer than Harriet. Regarding your fee - I believe you would have spent as much time compiling as searching. I am perfectly happy to cover any additional costs. Marg

November 2014


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rucker34

Wow! Thank you for the prompt service on the Chicago death certificates. The copies were clear and easy to read. These documents really help me to fill in the missing pieces of my family history.

November 2014


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mayebt

Thankyou. Much appreciated

November 2014


Cyndy

Southern California

$30.00 /hour

Response Rate

100%

Response Time

13 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.

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
8 Reviews
Friendliness
Effort
Communication
Professionalism
Accuracy
Value
874 Legacy Reviews

100% positive

Profile placeholder avatar image thumb 7 24359b44c75caa9fec7772b15fb15a449e3ffcd7b6cf97f2a9824c94aaf5e544

geneajourney

Thank you!

December 2014


Profile placeholder avatar image thumb 7 24359b44c75caa9fec7772b15fb15a449e3ffcd7b6cf97f2a9824c94aaf5e544

geneajourney

Thanks for your help!

December 2014


Profile placeholder avatar image thumb 25 29814e1c0c1d8ea70906ba204fb68dd72ac4018855a04ca6fcf3575ad82d1ddc

stilmn2

Wow. The feedback was very quick and detailed. Images and documentation was clear and complete. Communication and assistance was beyond my expectations especially for a holiday period. Very pleased with the service!

December 2014


Profile placeholder avatar image thumb 10 de81954d84e21326b911d863e801433fd39c84be3d08568807ccd84157954603

hdolan

Thank you for the quick response and extensive report.

November 2014


Profile placeholder avatar image thumb 10 de81954d84e21326b911d863e801433fd39c84be3d08568807ccd84157954603

thewingards

Awesome service!

November 2014


Me at 30 001

jdepstein500

Thank you so much.

November 2014


Profile placeholder avatar image thumb 11 643711b75b64b79ecb7fb5b9197ccbdd89c07a0433ae3056339ec1b255095eb4

mkbrey

That you so much!! The image is of great quality. I'm so happy to finally see this.

November 2014


Profile placeholder avatar image thumb 28 b45bcc14037796918b49561eb70336f62818189b82549dedc73a9582a9ecac74

mmccann

Thank you for providing so much information! You have managed to follow their path and it has given me a break through. Do you think there are naturalization records? I will check what I believe is their marriage record - it might explain why he was in the States longer than Harriet. Regarding your fee - I believe you would have spent as much time compiling as searching. I am perfectly happy to cover any additional costs. Marg

November 2014


Profile placeholder avatar image thumb 18 ae705ac458640d4ed0fc13f425b660272bf53347f35a9aa8186a0cda875aaed2

rucker34

Wow! Thank you for the prompt service on the Chicago death certificates. The copies were clear and easy to read. These documents really help me to fill in the missing pieces of my family history.

November 2014


13435503 2035352613355888 2350324845444115847 n

mayebt

Thankyou. Much appreciated

November 2014