Kiss for momma   12 9 2015

mollykennedy

Illinois genealogical & historical research

468

Reviews
Kiss for momma   12 9 2015

mollykennedy

Illinois genealogical & historical research

468

Reviews
Kiss for momma   12 9 2015

mollykennedy

Illinois genealogical & historical research

468

Reviews
Kiss for momma   12 9 2015

mollykennedy

Springfield, Illinois

Illinois genealogical & historical research

20 Recent Reviews
448 Legacy Reviews
100% positive

$28.00/hour

Molly Kennedy

Springfield, Illinois
Response Rate

100%

Response Time

1 days


Provider Info
Services
About Me

I've been researching in/around central Illinois for almost 40 years, and on a budget that could squeeze a penny so tight to get juice (my Grandma's words). If there was a less-expensive resource for the EXACT SAME document - I made it a personal project to find `em - and then spread the word about the varied options, fees, and response times.

That is how I first met Cyndy, back in late-1990's/early 2000's.
(Note: C and her husband ARE Genlighten).

As of 2017, I've been mentioned as researcher in the Acknowledgements section of over 38 published books, including "Stealing Lincoln's Body" by Thomas Craughwell.

Education/Training

I am only a genealogical & historical reseacher - a bit OCD (as most genealogical researchers seem to be).

Research Services

Illinois death certificates, 1916 up through (20 yrs ago) current date;

Illinois birth certificates, 1916 - ? (

Illinois newspaper research (obits, births, marriages, news articles, advertisements, etc);

If something else is desired, message me! If I can be of help, I will do so; if not, then I might be able to refer you to someone (whom I trust) who CAN help with your research project.

molly

Research Specialities
  • Vital Records
Research Localities
  • Illinois, USA
  • Springfield, IL
  • Chicago, IL
Research Repositories
  • Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum
  • Illinois Regional Archives Depository (IRAD) at UIS
  • Illinois State Archives
  • Illinois Department of Public Health
  • Sangamon County Courts Complex
  • Lincoln Library (Springfield, IL)
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 mollykennedy 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

  • Illinois Obituary Research
    I have Monday – Friday access to over 5,000 Illinois-published newspapers, spanning over 100,000 microfilm rolls, through the holdings of the A. Li...

    $7.75/record

  • Document Retrieval Offering Details

    Illinois Obituary Research

    $7.75/record

    Description

    I have Monday – Friday access to over 5,000 Illinois-published newspapers, spanning over 100,000 microfilm rolls, through the holdings of the A. Lincoln Presidential Library & Museum.

    If death date AND locale (both death locale and residential locale) is known, I will search the appropriate local-area newspaper for obituaries, death/funeral notices, for 7 days following the death date (7 days for daily issues; 4 weeks for weekly issues).

    Publication citation will include city, name of publication, day/date of issue, plus section/page/column numbers. My fee is for each newspaper to be searched, and includes parking fees.

    Ordering Instructions

    Please provide name of deceased; date & locale of death, and where he/she resided before death. If the death was accidental, or the person of high regard in his/her community, please let me know, as the obit might be in the form of a dramatic news article, instead of a simple death/funeral notice! PLEASE advise if you have specific newspaper ideas!


    ×
  • Statewide Illinois Death Certificates, 1916-1947
    I will find and print, as legibly as possible, any death certificate issued anywhere in Illinois during the years 1916 through 1947, based on IL De...

    $7.00/record

  • Document Retrieval Offering Details

    Statewide Illinois Death Certificates, 1916-1947

    $7.00/record

    Description

    I will find and print, as legibly as possible, any death certificate issued anywhere in Illinois during the years 1916 through 1947, based on IL Death Index database research. Usual response time 2 business days.

    IF specific info provided in request, and requested document does not match, the “Not Found” fee will apply.

    Ordering Instructions

    Please provide information from IL Death Index: surname, first name, date of death, certificate number, county and city/township where death occurred.

    If not found in IL Death Index, provide as much information as possible, and I will do my best to find the right certificate!


    ×
  • Illinois Post-1947 Death Certificate Search
    Statewide Illinois death certificates, issued after Dec 31, 1947, but BEFORE (current date, 20 years ago). I can obtain and upload the research re...

    $22.00/record

  • Document Retrieval Offering Details

    Illinois Post-1947 Death Certificate Search

    $22.00/record

    Description

    Statewide Illinois death certificates, issued after Dec 31, 1947, but BEFORE (current date, 20 years ago).

    I can obtain and upload the research results within 3 business days after I’ve received your request through Genlighten – but ONLY IF you provide me accurate death date & death locale.

    If the info is already documented (obits, etc) – send them to me!

    If no obit – I can help with that, too!

    Ordering Instructions

    Please provide as much info that you know to be TRUE!

    INCLUDING: Surname; given name; middle name/initial; maiden name (for females); and any/all spelling variations & nicknames.
    I will treat your request as if it was for my own family.


    ×
  • Illinois Birth Certificates, 1916-forward (75 y...
    My resource, Illinois Department of Public Health, has separate forms (and separate applicant criteria) for those wanting to obtain IL birth certif...

    $28.00/record

  • Document Retrieval Offering Details

    Illinois Birth Certificates, 1916-forward (75 years ago or older)

    $28.00/record

    Description

    My resource, Illinois Department of Public Health, has separate forms (and separate applicant criteria) for those wanting to obtain IL birth certificates.

    My offer is ONLY for Birth Certificates issued in Illinois AFTER Dec 31, 1915 – but BEFORE (today’s date), 75 years ago (approx 1939).

    IF the birth certificate is for person who might still be alive, the birth certificate might not include parental information; it might just be a transcribed & computer-printed birth “verification," as to date, name & city/county of record.

    IF the birth certificate is for a person who is now deceased – AND you can provide me SOME “proof of death” THEN I can obtain a complete (true) genealogical copy of the original Illinois birth certificate.

    IL Dept of Public Health accepts the following “proofs”:

    – death certificate (messaged copy ok)
    – obituary (scan OR copied/pasted from online resources)
    – www.findagrave.com citations/printouts
    – www.va.gov – nationwide gravesite locator – citations/printouts

    If you’ve ever tried to order an Illinois-issued 1916-1938 birth certificate – paying VitalChek’s $40+ fee - OR waited for weeks for IDPH snail-mailed results then received the WRONG document. What did you do?

    When I submit – in person, face-to-face – to IDPH Vital Records office – WITH the right backup documentation – they know that I will be returning, in person, face-to-face, to pick up the requested documents, within 2 days (and every business day thereafter). IF the documents don’t match up with your info, I immediately resubmit for additional searches (rinse & repeat). My record is 11 re-submissions for same document – after which it was finally found!.

    Ordering Instructions

    Please provide the name, birth date, parent names, and any other relevant information/documentation (see above).


    ×
  • Stillbirth 1916-1947 in Illinois (NOT Chicago),...
    Offer includes Illinois stillbirth cert search for years spanning 1916 through 1942, and 1946-1947. 1943-1945 – stillbirth certs issued “downstate...

    $9.00/record

  • Document Retrieval Offering Details

    Stillbirth 1916-1947 in Illinois (NOT Chicago), 1916-1942 and 1946-1947

    $9.00/record

    Description

    Offer includes Illinois stillbirth cert search for years spanning 1916 through 1942, and 1946-1947.

    1943-1945 – stillbirth certs issued “downstate” (anywhere in IL except city of Chicago) for the years 1943 through 1945 (WWII years) – are not complete.

    Ordering Instructions

    Please provide the year and month (if known/calculated) – and locale (county/city) in which the stillbirth probably occurred.

    [NOTE: Before requesting a Stillbirth cert – PLEASE check the family’s surname, at http://www.ilsos.gov/isavital/idphdeathsrch.jsp.
    The infant who was recorded in family stories as a Stillbirth – might actually have been an infant mortality (live birth but died within minutes/hours).]


    ×
  • Stillbirth Certificates, CHICAGO (city), 1922-1...
    Stillbirth certificates issued in IL 1916-1947 were a combination of birth/death certificate, for an infant who was born, but the infant did not “t...

    $9.00/record

  • Document Retrieval Offering Details

    Stillbirth Certificates, CHICAGO (city), 1922-1942 and 1946-1947

    $9.00/record

    Description

    Stillbirth certificates issued in IL 1916-1947 were a combination of birth/death certificate, for an infant who was born, but the infant did not “take breath” after birth (at that time, the qualifying factor for a “live” birth in Illinois).

    If you’ve found citations on familysearch.org, and the LDS/FHC microfilm numbers include #1983619 through #1983904, my Springfield Illinois main research facility does NOT have those film #’s.

    Ordering Instructions

    Please provide what you know to be true – and what you think might be helpful.

    NOTE: Before requesting a Stillbirth cert – PLEASE check the family’s surname (or partial) at IL State Archives’ website given below:
    http://www.ilsos.gov/isavital/idphdeathsrch.jsp.

    The infant who had been was recorded in family stories as a Stillborn – might actually had been officially recorded (in civil records) as a live birth, but died within a few minutes/hours afterwards.


    ×

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Excellent and fast service.

April 2013


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Excellent service.

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gilburns

Excellent service.

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gilburns

Excellent service.

April 2013


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gilburns

Prompt service

April 2013


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italymondo

My first experience on Genlighten couldn't have been better. Thank you, Molly!!!

April 2013


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excellent, fast and complete, would use her again.

April 2013


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susaneking

Always goes above and beyond. If the record is there, am sure she will find it.

April 2013


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mbm1311

Molly gave me fast response. This is a great service! Mary Beth

April 2013


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chicagogenealogy

Molly's quick, reliable service can be summed up in one word--GREAT! Many thanks . . .

April 2013


If Molly hadn't figured out that one of my husband's Chicago ancestors had actually died in Kankakee, I'd probably still be looking for that record!

I offered document retrieval services in Chicago for 10+ years. When her clients needed city records that she couldn't access, she'd refer them to me. When my clients needed statewide records that I couldn't get, I referred them to her.

Although we've only met in person once, I've known Molly as a colleague for many years and I can say, without hesitation, that she is an extra-mile researcher who has retrieved thousands of Illinois vital records and obituaries and she will use the expertise she's gained from that to do whatever it takes to find the information that her clients nees. And, she turns things around quickly!

Cynthia Richardson

Colleague


Molly Kennedy

Springfield, Illinois

$28.00 /hour

Response Rate

100%

Response Time

1 days

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I've been researching in/around central Illinois for almost 40 years, and on a budget that could squeeze a penny so tight to get juice (my Grandma's words). If there was a less-expensive resource for the EXACT SAME document - I made it a personal project to find `em - and then spread the word about the varied options, fees, and response times.

That is how I first met Cyndy, back in late-1990's/early 2000's.
(Note: C and her husband ARE Genlighten).

As of 2017, I've been mentioned as researcher in the Acknowledgements section of over 38 published books, including "Stealing Lincoln's Body" by Thomas Craughwell.

Education/Training

I am only a genealogical & historical reseacher - a bit OCD (as most genealogical researchers seem to be).

Research Services

Illinois death certificates, 1916 up through (20 yrs ago) current date;

Illinois birth certificates, 1916 - ? (

Illinois newspaper research (obits, births, marriages, news articles, advertisements, etc);

If something else is desired, message me! If I can be of help, I will do so; if not, then I might be able to refer you to someone (whom I trust) who CAN help with your research project.

molly

Research Specialities
  • Vital Records
Research Localities
  • Illinois, USA
  • Springfield, IL
  • Chicago, IL
Research Repositories
  • Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum
  • Illinois Regional Archives Depository (IRAD) at UIS
  • Illinois State Archives
  • Illinois Department of Public Health
  • Sangamon County Courts Complex
  • Lincoln Library (Springfield, IL)
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 mollykennedy 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

  • Illinois Obituary Research
    I have Monday – Friday access to over 5,000 Illinois-published newspapers, spanning over 100,000 microfilm rolls, through the h...

    $7.75

  • Document Retrieval Offering Details

    Illinois Obituary Research

    $7.75/record

    Description

    I have Monday – Friday access to over 5,000 Illinois-published newspapers, spanning over 100,000 microfilm rolls, through the holdings of the A. Lincoln Presidential Library & Museum.

    If death date AND locale (both death locale and residential locale) is known, I will search the appropriate local-area newspaper for obituaries, death/funeral notices, for 7 days following the death date (7 days for daily issues; 4 weeks for weekly issues).

    Publication citation will include city, name of publication, day/date of issue, plus section/page/column numbers. My fee is for each newspaper to be searched, and includes parking fees.

    Ordering Instructions

    Please provide name of deceased; date & locale of death, and where he/she resided before death. If the death was accidental, or the person of high regard in his/her community, please let me know, as the obit might be in the form of a dramatic news article, instead of a simple death/funeral notice! PLEASE advise if you have specific newspaper ideas!


    ×
  • Statewide Illinois Death Certificates, 1916-1947
    I will find and print, as legibly as possible, any death certificate issued anywhere in Illinois during the years 1916 through ...

    $7.00

  • Document Retrieval Offering Details

    Statewide Illinois Death Certificates, 1916-1947

    $7.00/record

    Description

    I will find and print, as legibly as possible, any death certificate issued anywhere in Illinois during the years 1916 through 1947, based on IL Death Index database research. Usual response time 2 business days.

    IF specific info provided in request, and requested document does not match, the “Not Found” fee will apply.

    Ordering Instructions

    Please provide information from IL Death Index: surname, first name, date of death, certificate number, county and city/township where death occurred.

    If not found in IL Death Index, provide as much information as possible, and I will do my best to find the right certificate!


    ×
  • Illinois Post-1947 Death Certificate Search
    Statewide Illinois death certificates, issued after Dec 31, 1947, but BEFORE (current date, 20 years ago). I can obtain and up...

    $22.00

  • Document Retrieval Offering Details

    Illinois Post-1947 Death Certificate Search

    $22.00/record

    Description

    Statewide Illinois death certificates, issued after Dec 31, 1947, but BEFORE (current date, 20 years ago).

    I can obtain and upload the research results within 3 business days after I’ve received your request through Genlighten – but ONLY IF you provide me accurate death date & death locale.

    If the info is already documented (obits, etc) – send them to me!

    If no obit – I can help with that, too!

    Ordering Instructions

    Please provide as much info that you know to be TRUE!

    INCLUDING: Surname; given name; middle name/initial; maiden name (for females); and any/all spelling variations & nicknames.
    I will treat your request as if it was for my own family.


    ×
  • Illinois Birth Certificates, 1916-forward (75 y...
    My resource, Illinois Department of Public Health, has separate forms (and separate applicant criteria) for those wanting to ob...

    $28.00

  • Document Retrieval Offering Details

    Illinois Birth Certificates, 1916-forward (75 years ago or older)

    $28.00/record

    Description

    My resource, Illinois Department of Public Health, has separate forms (and separate applicant criteria) for those wanting to obtain IL birth certificates.

    My offer is ONLY for Birth Certificates issued in Illinois AFTER Dec 31, 1915 – but BEFORE (today’s date), 75 years ago (approx 1939).

    IF the birth certificate is for person who might still be alive, the birth certificate might not include parental information; it might just be a transcribed & computer-printed birth “verification," as to date, name & city/county of record.

    IF the birth certificate is for a person who is now deceased – AND you can provide me SOME “proof of death” THEN I can obtain a complete (true) genealogical copy of the original Illinois birth certificate.

    IL Dept of Public Health accepts the following “proofs”:

    – death certificate (messaged copy ok)
    – obituary (scan OR copied/pasted from online resources)
    – www.findagrave.com citations/printouts
    – www.va.gov – nationwide gravesite locator – citations/printouts

    If you’ve ever tried to order an Illinois-issued 1916-1938 birth certificate – paying VitalChek’s $40+ fee - OR waited for weeks for IDPH snail-mailed results then received the WRONG document. What did you do?

    When I submit – in person, face-to-face – to IDPH Vital Records office – WITH the right backup documentation – they know that I will be returning, in person, face-to-face, to pick up the requested documents, within 2 days (and every business day thereafter). IF the documents don’t match up with your info, I immediately resubmit for additional searches (rinse & repeat). My record is 11 re-submissions for same document – after which it was finally found!.

    Ordering Instructions

    Please provide the name, birth date, parent names, and any other relevant information/documentation (see above).


    ×
  • Stillbirth 1916-1947 in Illinois (NOT Chicago),...
    Offer includes Illinois stillbirth cert search for years spanning 1916 through 1942, and 1946-1947. 1943-1945 – stillbirth cer...

    $9.00

  • Document Retrieval Offering Details

    Stillbirth 1916-1947 in Illinois (NOT Chicago), 1916-1942 and 1946-1947

    $9.00/record

    Description

    Offer includes Illinois stillbirth cert search for years spanning 1916 through 1942, and 1946-1947.

    1943-1945 – stillbirth certs issued “downstate” (anywhere in IL except city of Chicago) for the years 1943 through 1945 (WWII years) – are not complete.

    Ordering Instructions

    Please provide the year and month (if known/calculated) – and locale (county/city) in which the stillbirth probably occurred.

    [NOTE: Before requesting a Stillbirth cert – PLEASE check the family’s surname, at http://www.ilsos.gov/isavital/idphdeathsrch.jsp.
    The infant who was recorded in family stories as a Stillbirth – might actually have been an infant mortality (live birth but died within minutes/hours).]


    ×
  • Stillbirth Certificates, CHICAGO (city), 1922-1...
    Stillbirth certificates issued in IL 1916-1947 were a combination of birth/death certificate, for an infant who was born, but t...

    $9.00

  • Document Retrieval Offering Details

    Stillbirth Certificates, CHICAGO (city), 1922-1942 and 1946-1947

    $9.00/record

    Description

    Stillbirth certificates issued in IL 1916-1947 were a combination of birth/death certificate, for an infant who was born, but the infant did not “take breath” after birth (at that time, the qualifying factor for a “live” birth in Illinois).

    If you’ve found citations on familysearch.org, and the LDS/FHC microfilm numbers include #1983619 through #1983904, my Springfield Illinois main research facility does NOT have those film #’s.

    Ordering Instructions

    Please provide what you know to be true – and what you think might be helpful.

    NOTE: Before requesting a Stillbirth cert – PLEASE check the family’s surname (or partial) at IL State Archives’ website given below:
    http://www.ilsos.gov/isavital/idphdeathsrch.jsp.

    The infant who had been was recorded in family stories as a Stillborn – might actually had been officially recorded (in civil records) as a live birth, but died within a few minutes/hours afterwards.


    ×

I consider each research request as if it's for my own family lineage; it's much more fun that way!

Reviews
References
20 Reviews
Friendliness
Effort
Communication
Professionalism
Accuracy
Value
448 Legacy Reviews

100% positive

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gilburns

Excellent and fast service.

April 2013


Profile placeholder avatar image thumb 16 3154d57d640004e0467843a8e875df82d08cb488bf3477f08f8d0a97782bae07

gilburns

Excellent service.

April 2013


Profile placeholder avatar image thumb 16 3154d57d640004e0467843a8e875df82d08cb488bf3477f08f8d0a97782bae07

gilburns

Excellent service.

April 2013


Profile placeholder avatar image thumb 16 3154d57d640004e0467843a8e875df82d08cb488bf3477f08f8d0a97782bae07

gilburns

Excellent service.

April 2013


Profile placeholder avatar image thumb 16 3154d57d640004e0467843a8e875df82d08cb488bf3477f08f8d0a97782bae07

gilburns

Prompt service

April 2013


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italymondo

My first experience on Genlighten couldn't have been better. Thank you, Molly!!!

April 2013


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bgatz

excellent, fast and complete, would use her again.

April 2013


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susaneking

Always goes above and beyond. If the record is there, am sure she will find it.

April 2013


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mbm1311

Molly gave me fast response. This is a great service! Mary Beth

April 2013


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chicagogenealogy

Molly's quick, reliable service can be summed up in one word--GREAT! Many thanks . . .

April 2013


If Molly hadn't figured out that one of my husband's Chicago ancestors had actually died in Kankakee, I'd probably still be looking for that record!

I offered document retrieval services in Chicago for 10+ years. When her clients needed city records that she couldn't access, she'd refer them to me. When my clients needed statewide records that I couldn't get, I referred them to her.

Although we've only met in person once, I've known Molly as a colleague for many years and I can say, without hesitation, that she is an extra-mile researcher who has retrieved thousands of Illinois vital records and obituaries and she will use the expertise she's gained from that to do whatever it takes to find the information that her clients nees. And, she turns things around quickly!

Cynthia Richardson

Colleague


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