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Have you tried Indexing at FamilySearch.org?  It’s a great experience.  A way to learn where the information comes from, improve your skills reading handwriting, learn history of different parts of the world, plus you’re giving back to the family history community.  A win win for everyone.

There are several great projects available right now.

Local to the Chicago area, you can index Chicago Catholic Church records and Cook Death Certificates, 1959-1994.

Have roots in the boot?  Calling all Italians.  Family Search International collaborated with the National Archives of Italy to digitally preserve Italian vital records.  Index Italian records from 115 million images to add more than 500 million names.

Family Search has declared 2014 the “Year of the Obituary.”  Contribute to their goal to index 100 million names from obituaries, the ‘treasure trove” of valuable genealogical information.

 

Take a test drive, find a project that’s right for you, and get started!   familysearch.org/indexing/

 

 

 

 

Here are tips from @ancestry http://t.co/QQ2r6SAxs5

 

It’s written for census records but it really speaks to the search process…

 

 1 – always look at the page before and after, many records/images are two sided, so if you don’t scroll, you miss out

 2 – focus on unusual names, when you can’t find one family member, look for another

 3 – look for first names only, or search with less criteria

 4 – use wildcards ? *

 5 – record the details, it forces you to become familiar with the ancestor and provides clues; when sharing stories the images are not always clear but if you have transcribed what you find everyone learns; or if you should lose the image, you have the details

 6 – reverse surname and first name

 7 – look for a neighbor, or the other people included in the record, like informants on death certificates, family members in death notices, witnesses for marriage and citizenship…

 8 – compare handwriting, look for other words that you can identify to help decipher the penmanship

 9 – just browse, you don’t always have to search

 10- think differently; one search result for me presented an image that didn’t match my ancestor, then I realized they were alphabetical, indexed incorrectly by more than 200 images, but I was able to find the match.

 

It’s that time and the DMV shared changes in Illinois’ adoption law.

http://www.idph.state.il.us/vitalrecords/

 Public Act 96-0895 became effective May 21, 2010 and makes it possible for an adult adoptee or surrendered person to obtain a non-certified copy of his or her original birth certificate under certain circumstances. This same Public Act allows some birth parents to specify their wishes with regard to contact and the release of their identifying information. The bill includes the following provisions:

  • As of May 21, 2010, any adult adopted or surrendered person who was born in Illinois before January 1, 1946, may request a non-certified copy of his or her original birth certificate using a special form (see link below.)
  • Beginning January 1, 2011, birth parents of children born on or after January 1, 1946 who were surrendered may file a Birth Parent Preference form with the Illinois Adoption Registry and Medical Information Exchange (IARMIE). This form allows the birth parent to express their wishes regarding the release of their identifying information on the original birth certificate and regarding contact.
  • Starting on November 15, 2011, any adult adopted or surrendered person who was born in Illinois on or after January 1, 1946, may request a non-certified copy of his or her original birth certificate.
  • The ability of an adult adopted or surrendered person born on or after January 1, 1946, to obtain identifying information listed on their original birth certificate may depend on whether his or her birth parents have filed forms with the Illinois Adoption Registry stating a preference regarding the release of their identity.
  • If an adult adopted or surrendered person is deceased, their adult child or spouse (if there is a minor child) may request a non-certified copy of the adopted or surrendered person’s original birth certificate. Please note registration with IARMIE will be required before the non-certified copy of the original birth certificate can be released. Click here for the Surviving Relative of a Deceased Adopted Person registration forms.

 THIS FORM is to be used by adopted or surrendered persons to submit a request for a non-certified copy of the original birth certificate. Once completed, the form, along with a legible copy of identification (driver’s license, state issued identification card or passport) and a check or money order for $15 (made payable to Illinois Department of Public Health) should be sent to IARMIE.

THIS FORM is to be used by birth parents to specify their wishes regarding contact and the release of their identifying information on the original birth certificate. This form, along with a legible copy of identification (driver’s license, state issued identification card or passport) and either a completed IARMIE Medical Questionnaire form or a check or money order for $15 (made payable to Illinois Department of Public Health) should be sent to the IARMIE .

Either of these forms and required documentation should be sent to :

Illinois Department of Public Health
Division of Vital Records
Attention: IARMIE
925 E. Ridgely Ave.
Springfield, IL 62702-2737

Questions may be directed to the Illinois Adoption Registry at 877-323-5299.

There are only 2 days left at the current price! 

Network with other family historians! 

Learn from expert speakers! 

The exhibitor hall is full! 

The syllabus is ready for print! 

The door prizes and raffle items are ready for you to win! 

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Don’t miss a full day of genealogy on February 15, register today!  http://dcgs.org/

RootsTech is next month, February 6–8, 2014, at the Salt Palace Convention Center in Salt Lake City, Utah.  Did you know they live stream several keynote speakers from the RootsTech website?  And last year they shared – The Family History Department invites all interested stakes to host a local family history fair with classes, provided from RootsTech, an annual family history and technology conference held in Salt Lake City, Utah. 

 Our local Naperville Family History Center is hosting Tools for Finding your Ancestors Family History Fair 2014  (scheduled for April 2014)  Please join us for a day of exciting classes.  Some of the classes will be live and presented by local experts.  Others will be recorded presentations of classes that were originally presented at Root Tech in Salt Lake City, February 6-8, 2014.  There will be a mid-day lunch break with many interesting displays and time to talk with other researchers.  Online registration will be available on this page in the near future.

 

DCGS 2014 Conference is February 15th

39th annual conference

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Our 2014 conference speakers are Debra Mieszala, CG, Marsha Peterson-Maass, Steve Szabados, and Paul Milner.  As requested, we selected more methodology topics geared toward the intermediate to advanced genealogist.  And we added a fourth track, Fundamentals of Genealogy, specifically designed for “newbie’s” that will be presented by Marsha Peterson-Maass of the Newberry Library.

Early registration with a DCGS membership gets you the best prices.  Become a Member and Register for the Conference today.

Download the flyer or the brochure to hand out at your genealogical society meetings.

 

Here are two great resources to continue your genealogy education through webinars.  The webinars are free to members as well as the genealogical community when they are presented live.  After the live broadcast, an archived copy of the webinar is available on-demand through the members’ page.

Register today so you don’t miss out on these FREE valuable educational resources! 

 

ISGS

2014_Webinar_Brochure   The Illinois State Genealogical Society 2014 webinar series is offered monthly on the 2nd Tuesday at 8 PM – Central.  You can register today for one or for all of them.  For a description of each webinar, or to register, visit http://bit.ly/ISGSWebinars.

 

SCGS

The Southern California Genealogical Society 2014 webinar series is offered twice monthly (on the 1st Saturday at 12 PM – Central and on the 3rd Wednesday at 8 PM – Central).  You can register today for one or for all of them.  For a description of each webinar, or to register, visit http://www.scgsgenealogy.com/webinar/jes-index.html.

 

 

DuPage County Genealogical Society members have used unique resources over the years to compile publications useful to anyone researching DuPage County families and individuals.  These publications provide church records, naturalization, census, and land records.

We have reduced the price on the naturalization index book until May 31, 2014 and permanently reduced the price on the census record books.

And as always, DCGS members get the best pricing, deduct 10% from list price.

Not a member, join today at www.dcgs.org.

Visit the DCGS Publications page for details.

CD’s

Landowners of DuPage County 1835-1904     $15.00

Necrology Records of Selected Townships in DuPage County     $15.00

Books

Bicentennial Citizens and Their Ancestors     $10.00

DuPage County Churches and Their Records 1833-1920     $15.00

Index to the Naturalization Records of DuPage County, Illinois  $25.00 – price reduced from $40 until May 31, 2014.

Landowners of DuPage County 1835-1904     $20.00

Subject Index to “The Review” of the DCGS 1974-2000     $10.00

Zion Evangelical Lutheran Church of Bensenville Records     $30.00

Census Records

1840 DuPage County Federal Census Records        $10.00

1850 DuPage County Federal Census Records        $20.00 – price reduced from $25

1860 DuPage County Federal Census Records        $20.00 – price reduced from $25

1870 DuPage County Federal Census Records        $25.00 – price reduced from $30

Many DuPage County libraries have genealogy groups that meet monthly or most months of the year. Indian Prairie Library in Darien is one such library.

Their genealogy group meets the fourth Thursday of the month from 1:00 to 3:00. You can view their 2011 topic schedule here.  Our own Jeff Bockman will be speaking in September on Real Research on the Web.

The group is meeting this Thursday, June 23, in the meeting room. The topics are newspapers and scanners. The library is located at 401 Plainfield Road, Darien. I will be there. Will you?

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Want to know about Downers Grove history or genealogy? The first thing you should do is visit the Downers Grove Park District Museum.

The museum and research center are inside the old Blodgett home. The home sits on a wide green space filled with old trees, flowers, brick walks and some picnic benches in the back corner of the yard. Visitors can enjoy the quiet surroundings and beautiful scenery while enjoying lunch.

When I visited on Thursday I had the opportunity to sit next to a museum volunteer who was working on various projects. We had a very nice conversation about Downers Grove research and I learned a lot about many of the indexing projects happening all over the township. Cemeteries are being indexed and plot maps created so they can be viewed online; Downers Grove Reporter obituaries have been indexed; a huge collection of old newspaper photos are being viewed, sorted and the individuals identified where possible. So many things. I also learned about resources available around the township for genealogy and house history research.

Thursday is also a day when a group of volunteers gathers in the basement of the Blodgett home to go through all those newspaper photos to try to identify the individuals. Around 10:30 they break and gather for coffee upstairs before getting back to work.

The research available in the museum ranges from township history to individual genealogies, Centennial House histories, and many topics between A and Z. The research room has two large bookshelves filled with DuPage County and Downers Grove books and periodicals. There are also photo collections of the township from years ago.

The museum staff is very helpful and available. If you have not explored this amazing and possibly overlooked resource I encourage you to check them out.

The museum is located in Wandschneider Park, 831 Maple Avenue, Downers Grove, IL 60515. Research hours are Monday – Friday 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. Museum tours are given Sunday – Friday from 1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. Group tours are available by appointment only. For more information contact the museum at (630) 963-1309.

 

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