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chicagogenealogy

I help you find Chicago ancestors.

877

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Marcia smith photo sm

chicagogenealogy

I help you find Chicago ancestors.

877

Reviews
Marcia smith photo sm

chicagogenealogy

I help you find Chicago ancestors.

877

Reviews

I help you find Chicago ancestors.

$30.00/hr

Cyndy

Southern California
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Response Rate

100%

Response Time

1 days


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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

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.


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874 Legacy Reviews

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elizabethriemer

Just spent several hours with my friend giving her the Christmas present of her grandparents divorce papers. She absolutely loved them!! Thank you for making this possible so quickly and affordably!

April 2013


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denisemorgan21

I am thrill with no only the results, but with the turn-around time. Thank you chicagogenealogy!

April 2013


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cdigio

Thanks for your help in obtaining this record. The turn around time, from request to receipt of document was unbelievable, especially with a holiday in between. Would definitely recommend you/genlighten to anyone else.

April 2013


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43sand

very pleased with the results obtained by chicagogenealogy, she has been very helpful in answering my questions.

April 2013


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starbrite

Less than 24 hour turnaround. Fantastic service. Quick replies to all questions. Highly recommend!

April 2013


Jnrollinsmedres

jnrollins

Dear Chicagogenealogy,I am so excited, I can hardly stand it! Thank you so much for obtaining my great-aunt Clara's Declaration of Intention. I have been searching for proof that she is a midwife, as her son (now long dead) told me in an interview 20 years ago, that she was a midwife -- and now I have it! To have gone from finding the index listing on Saturday to having the document in my hand on Tuesday is utterly amazing! And the color scan versions you provided me will serve my purpose perfectly.Jane Neff Rollins

April 2013


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tufu2006

ChicagoGenealogy offered very helpful research and was always clear about what product could be delivered in the end. In addition, the research was carried out very quickly, within the time frame given in the initial estimate. Very satisfied and probably will turn to her again in the future.

April 2013


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tso1127

I am so excited to get this information. It appears that it will solve a 40 year old mystery in my family. Thank you for your expertise and professionalism in handling this matter.

April 2013


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mickishell

Awesome service! Thank you.

April 2013


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lstclairut

Using photography to capture the document was superb! It is a clear representation of the information, and exactly what I needed. I would offer positive recommendations to future customers!Thank you so much for clarifying this brick wall for me. Linda

April 2013


Cyndy

Southern California

$30.00 /hour

Response Rate

100%

Response Time

1 days

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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

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.

Reviews
References
3 Reviews
Friendliness
Effort
Communication
Professionalism
Accuracy
Value
874 Legacy Reviews

100% positive

Profile placeholder avatar image thumb 7 24359b44c75caa9fec7772b15fb15a449e3ffcd7b6cf97f2a9824c94aaf5e544

elizabethriemer

Just spent several hours with my friend giving her the Christmas present of her grandparents divorce papers. She absolutely loved them!! Thank you for making this possible so quickly and affordably!

April 2013


Profile placeholder avatar image thumb 23 f1e836c3bdad9d9cfaf9466c8b34aaf52d4a37d8bdfab2ac8cb78e4109198bf7

denisemorgan21

I am thrill with no only the results, but with the turn-around time. Thank you chicagogenealogy!

April 2013


Profile placeholder avatar image thumb 19 3b3e7220f623a2a441e2f6b1b2bebd61a7d5a7cf8e524616080cdf33b96108fa

cdigio

Thanks for your help in obtaining this record. The turn around time, from request to receipt of document was unbelievable, especially with a holiday in between. Would definitely recommend you/genlighten to anyone else.

April 2013


Profile placeholder avatar image thumb 12 f04b2561adc8ead17f62b2ed24446d100a1069e51101b7715a9611d5ca27f43c

43sand

very pleased with the results obtained by chicagogenealogy, she has been very helpful in answering my questions.

April 2013


Profile placeholder avatar image thumb 14 0d3a2c6b49dc8bfa746d5cb3b3daadb6671b1a6d5c861744d7d358b216d0a68c

starbrite

Less than 24 hour turnaround. Fantastic service. Quick replies to all questions. Highly recommend!

April 2013


Jnrollinsmedres

jnrollins

Dear Chicagogenealogy,I am so excited, I can hardly stand it! Thank you so much for obtaining my great-aunt Clara's Declaration of Intention. I have been searching for proof that she is a midwife, as her son (now long dead) told me in an interview 20 years ago, that she was a midwife -- and now I have it! To have gone from finding the index listing on Saturday to having the document in my hand on Tuesday is utterly amazing! And the color scan versions you provided me will serve my purpose perfectly.Jane Neff Rollins

April 2013


Profile placeholder avatar image thumb 23 f1e836c3bdad9d9cfaf9466c8b34aaf52d4a37d8bdfab2ac8cb78e4109198bf7

tufu2006

ChicagoGenealogy offered very helpful research and was always clear about what product could be delivered in the end. In addition, the research was carried out very quickly, within the time frame given in the initial estimate. Very satisfied and probably will turn to her again in the future.

April 2013


Profile placeholder avatar image thumb 19 3b3e7220f623a2a441e2f6b1b2bebd61a7d5a7cf8e524616080cdf33b96108fa

tso1127

I am so excited to get this information. It appears that it will solve a 40 year old mystery in my family. Thank you for your expertise and professionalism in handling this matter.

April 2013


Profile placeholder avatar image thumb 4 3aec38315960df05124c5f3d09053eb611e48026745e41f300ae6f04505e8754

mickishell

Awesome service! Thank you.

April 2013


Profile placeholder avatar image thumb 6 e0ce48077e27c471e5a27bd173cdef0f1cd7d3050c4b16f4723233faf945da57

lstclairut

Using photography to capture the document was superb! It is a clear representation of the information, and exactly what I needed. I would offer positive recommendations to future customers!Thank you so much for clarifying this brick wall for me. Linda

April 2013


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