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chicagogenealogy

I help you find Chicago ancestors.

890

Reviews
40131287680 276abf408b o

chicagogenealogy

I help you find Chicago ancestors.

890

Reviews
40131287680 276abf408b o

chicagogenealogy

Southern California

I help you find Chicago ancestors.

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872 Legacy Reviews
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$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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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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April 2013


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April 2013


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Thanks for the fast response. It opens a whole new bunch of questions. I tried to order the certificate from Illinois Vital Records but it came back. I didn't send in enough money. It cost $19.00 as of July 1 2012

April 2013


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Perfect, thank you!

April 2013


Cynthia Richardson

Southern California

$40.00 /hour

Response Rate

100%

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.

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.


    ×

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18 Reviews
Friendliness
Effort
Communication
Professionalism
Accuracy
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872 Legacy Reviews

100% positive

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jldwwrite

Perfect! Had my complete order in just one day and provided multiple copies with variations of scans for readability and all the source documentation information needed.

April 2013


Profile placeholder avatar image thumb 9 58acd3c7a9f5fd0abc88a8fd9d4c6aa1500e720cbb046e21e94f1061d9e7e79d

jldwwrite

Perfect! Had my complete order in just one day and provided multiple copies with variations of scans for readability and all the source documentation information needed.

April 2013


Profile placeholder avatar image thumb 9 58acd3c7a9f5fd0abc88a8fd9d4c6aa1500e720cbb046e21e94f1061d9e7e79d

jldwwrite

Perfect! Had my complete order in just one day and provided multiple copies with variations of scans for readability and all the source documentation information needed.

April 2013


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cindy79

Prompt and easy to do! Highly recommended and affordable! Thanks!

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dmjmmn5

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April 2013


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Awesome service! Thank you for completing this project so quickly.

April 2013


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flicker

Thank you. Had a few qlitches navigating on the site, but you help was prompt and all was well. Terrific work, better than advertised!

April 2013


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gilburns

Always very quick turn around. Thanks again.

April 2013


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mieske2012

Thanks for the fast response. It opens a whole new bunch of questions. I tried to order the certificate from Illinois Vital Records but it came back. I didn't send in enough money. It cost $19.00 as of July 1 2012

April 2013


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elizabethriemer

Perfect, thank you!

April 2013