This could be your new project. is an attempt to catalog all known cemeteries established for residents of asylums, poorhouses, poor farms, prisons, orphanages, and similar institutions – in other words, cemeteries for the unclaimed. 

 We had an Almshouse in DuPage for about 40 years.  The DuPage County Poor Farm Cemetery, is located next door to the DuPage Convalecent Center, and “BEHIND” the DuPage County Juvenile Detention Center, at 420 N. County Farm Road (between Evelyn Street and Manchester Road), in Section 10 of Milton township, on the West edge of Wheaton, DuPage County Illinois.

 A few memorials have been added to Find A Grave for the DuPage County Poor Farm Cemetery.  They need our help.  Contact to learn how you can contribute.

You’ll find poor farm cemeteries in many surrounding counties too, Kane, Lee, Will, Winnebago,  and many more.

Most of the individuals laid to rest in these cemeteries were forgotten in their own lifetimes.  It is our hope that they will not be forgotten to history.


Have you tried Indexing at  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!





Here are tips from @ancestry


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.

 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.

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Originally published-DCGS eNEWSLETTER, OCTOBER 2013, VOLUME 5 ISSUE 5


Carol’s Living Story by Caron Primas Brennan

            I won a raffle prize at the DuPage County Genealogical Society’s Annual Conference in St. Charles, Illinois on February 23, 2013.  My prize was a Living Story for the subject of my choosing by Janette Quinn of  In May 2013, I asked her to work with my mother Carol (Koepke) Primas and write her story.

            Janette met with Mom twice to interview and digitally record her memories in her Lombard home.  I provided many family pictures and documents to help stimulate Mom’s memory (she is 82 and still pretty sharp!) for the interviews.  Janette used the family history and photos and also conducted independent research about the places, people, activities and circumstances of Mom’s life.  She also encouraged Mom’s own writing about memories and messages she considers to be most important. Finally, Janette melded interviews, research and musings into an almost 50-page book.  

            My sisters and I were anxious to hear what Mom had to say.  While I provided old family pictures, my sisters sent her questions they wanted answered and other suggestions.  Even though Dad is no longer with us, there was a lot of his information in the book as well.  Mom and Dad had been married over 50 years when he died and had a lot of history together.

            We received the final copy a few weeks ago.  It is wonderful!  Mom has read it several times and we have shared it with other family members.   Mom’s brother Dick passed away in 2002.  His children were grateful to hear about his childhood through Mom’s story.  

            From my perspective, it was a great family bonding experience.  I think Mom was a bit more open with an “objective third party” listening and taking notes than she would have been with a daughter.  It stimulated discussions with all the children about other family members which never made it into the book.  The younger generations learned about things they might not have otherwise known – like as kids, Mom and Dick jumping on the bed and breaking it.  It is a great legacy.  We had copies made for all the daughters and there are enough copies that each grandchild will have one of their own.

            After reading it, we are already planning additional “chapters”.  It was also noted that while Mom talked about daughters and grandchildren, no mention was made of son-in-laws!  We also decided we would like more pictures – but we are a picture-oriented family.

            We as a family agree this would be a wonderful experience for all families!  Thank you to DCGS and Janette for this great gift!       

LivingStoriescombo is a member of the Association of Personal Historians and the    Association of Senior Service Providers. Its principal, Janette Quinn, lost both of her parents at ages 55 and 60 to cancer on September 17, 1973 when she was 18. Her personal and corporate mission is to preserve families’ most valuable assets, the stories of elders in their own words, before it’s too late.  She holds a B.S. in journalism from Northern Illinois University and an M.S. in management consulting from DePaul University. 

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.


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DCGS is celebrating 40 yrs 1974-2014

The DuPage County Genealogical Society was founded in 1974 as the Lombard Suburban Genealogical Society.  In May 1981, the Society moved its reference collection to the Wheaton Public Library (WPL.)  We have has continued to contribute to its genealogical collection over the years, helping it to become one of the premiere genealogical research locations of the Chicago suburbs.

Join us at this year’s Conference on February15, 2014 in St. Charles, IL.


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! 



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



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



Congratulations to Bud Newman inducted into the Fox Valley Chapter National Sons of the American Revolution at a ceremony held at Cantigny in Wheaton, IL.


Published November 2013 Vol.40 No.2, The Review, DuPage County Genealogical Society

Being Inducted Into SAR   by Erman M. “Bud” Newman III

I was recently inducted into the Sons of the American Revolution — the SAR.  I had no idea that my ancestors were connected to such an important part of our American history.  I was asked to write an article about what research I had to accomplish in getting inducted into the SAR.

 My journey getting into the SAR started about 3 ½ years ago.  A cousin of mine contacted through “The Virtual Wall” website where he saw my father’s name.  He sent me a packet and a CD of the family history he had accumulated.  His Grandmother and my Great Grandmother were sisters.

 I continued getting family history information from other relatives that I had made contact with.  I came across the “Find A Grave” website.  I wanted to use this website as a way to validate, if possible, dates of birth and death of family members and I had some success.  I started doing more research on my father’s side of the family which were the Newmans from the Tuscaloosa, Alabama area.  I was able to find grave markers on a majority of the ancestors that lived in the area.

 As I continued my research, I noticed that my Alabama ancestors had moved from South Carolina.  I started researching my Great Grandmother Newman’s family.  Her maiden name was Watkins.  I located the grave marker for my 5th Great Grandmother Jennette Luckett Maddox and it had a “Daughters of the American Revolution” marker on it.  Her father was Ignatius Luckett (the patriot) who was from Port Tobacco, Maryland. 

 My wife and I have attended the DuPage County Genealogical Society’s February conference several times.  I learn a great deal from these conferences.  During the 2013 DCGS conference the Fox Valley Chapter of the SAR had a table and that started my process to join the SAR.

 It was during this process I found how daunting it could be.  I learned that many states did not require birth certificates until about 1910, in my case.  My Grandfather Newman did not have a birth certificate.  Luckily, I was able to obtain wills from Alabama and South Carolina which were dated prior to the Civil War.  In addition, my sister had obtained pages from the Newman family bible from our uncle.  He had received the bible from my Great grandmother.

 When it came to linking my ancestors’ to the patriot Ignatius Luckett there wasn’t a lot for me to connect to Ignatius.  It was then that I was able to get assistance from the Fox Valley SAR.  The registrar for the Fox Valley Chapter was very helpful.  He was able to locate a book that was written by Harry Wright Newman called “The Lucketts of Portobacco: a genealogical history of Samuel Luckett written in 1938.  It was in this book where it showed that Ignatius’ daughter was my 5th Great Grandmother.  This was the connection I needed to get inducted to the Sons of the American Revolution.

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