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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.

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

100% positive

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dlbirtwell

Thanks for the quick turnaround. Diane

April 2013


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gregfitz

Thanks for the accurate and fast service.

April 2013


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starbrite

Lightning fast service. Beautiful digital images. A pleasure to work with! Thanks for all your help!

April 2013


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lyndoncomstock

Bingo. You've got it. Definitely. Not only does the name match but the address is next door to the address that we saw reflected in her window (2715). The tall building under construction across the street, reflected in the window is St. Rita of Cascia church, which opened in 1950. Thanks so much. I really appreciate it!

April 2013


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townsend

Great service! Thank you very much.

April 2013


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lyndoncomstock

Perfect.

April 2013


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raf1813

You were so very helpful. It is a great service that you provide. Thank you, Rich

April 2013


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6mplbjdw3

Exceedingly helpful and efficient service from the provider despite my lack of knowledge. Thank you for all the hard work done on my behalf. I wouldn't hesitate to recommend this website.

April 2013


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rfenning

Amazingly fast! Thank you so much for your help!

April 2013


Lucy

softballmom27

Awesome service in locating naturalization records in Chicago; even with snowstorms delivery is fast--thanks Cynthia!

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 23 f1e836c3bdad9d9cfaf9466c8b34aaf52d4a37d8bdfab2ac8cb78e4109198bf7

dlbirtwell

Thanks for the quick turnaround. Diane

April 2013


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gregfitz

Thanks for the accurate and fast service.

April 2013


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starbrite

Lightning fast service. Beautiful digital images. A pleasure to work with! Thanks for all your help!

April 2013


Profile placeholder avatar image thumb 23 f1e836c3bdad9d9cfaf9466c8b34aaf52d4a37d8bdfab2ac8cb78e4109198bf7

lyndoncomstock

Bingo. You've got it. Definitely. Not only does the name match but the address is next door to the address that we saw reflected in her window (2715). The tall building under construction across the street, reflected in the window is St. Rita of Cascia church, which opened in 1950. Thanks so much. I really appreciate it!

April 2013


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townsend

Great service! Thank you very much.

April 2013


Profile placeholder avatar image thumb 23 f1e836c3bdad9d9cfaf9466c8b34aaf52d4a37d8bdfab2ac8cb78e4109198bf7

lyndoncomstock

Perfect.

April 2013


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raf1813

You were so very helpful. It is a great service that you provide. Thank you, Rich

April 2013


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6mplbjdw3

Exceedingly helpful and efficient service from the provider despite my lack of knowledge. Thank you for all the hard work done on my behalf. I wouldn't hesitate to recommend this website.

April 2013


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rfenning

Amazingly fast! Thank you so much for your help!

April 2013


Lucy

softballmom27

Awesome service in locating naturalization records in Chicago; even with snowstorms delivery is fast--thanks Cynthia!

April 2013


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