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Finding Your Chicago Ancestors: A beginner’s guide to family history in the City and Cook County by Grace DuMelle  (Chicago, IL: Lake Claremont Press, 2005)  329 pp., $16.95, is reviewed by Lisa Thaler. Inspired by Newberry Library patrons’ queries (and their roadblocks), family history assistant Grace DuMelle has written a primer on search strategies and local sources. […]

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What follows is a Trip Report after a research trip I made. It should be read not for its details, but rather to suggest the level of planning one should make before the trip, the recording of activities as a memory jogger while there, and a document from which to plan the next trip. Some […]

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When I first became obsessed with genealogy in 1996, I knew nothing about ‘how to’ do research or, even, what to do ‘with’ the documentation that I already had in my possession.  My research partner, Jim Jackson, introduced me to the concept of constructing a Timeline in order to organize an ancestor’s life.  I’m sure […]

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Today we can leave behind many items which help our descendants understand our times. There are newspapers, books, computer records, letters and other documents which have been preserved (many hopefully in acid-free folders), and so forth. Back in time most of these things did not exist; however, wills and deeds do exist, but they seldom […]

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The Serendipities of Genealogy

Genealogy is made up of history, detective work, logic, research, pursuit and other forms of activity. From these activities you learn about your ancestors, your roots and bring into closer view elements of history which now have more meaning because your people lived it.  Genealogy also brings the find of thrilling serendipities. Let me give […]

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Here is how I maintain the necessary Source files for data and information associated with my genealogical research. This monograph will explain my process for maintaining the paper or physical record, but not the actual research. It should be remembered that data which lacks a Source, whether primary or secondary, is considered useless. I maintain […]

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I use a MacIntosh for a computer and Reunion for my genealogy software. One the most fascinating and useful features in Reunion is the “Ages” capabilities. This routine prepares a list of  important events in one person’s life. The events are birth and death dates of siblings, parents, grandparents, children and grandchildren. Calculations include the […]

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