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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.

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October is National Family History Month

It’s a great time to get started with one of these ideas.

Or make a plan for the coming year to start them all.

1)      Write and share a story about one of your ancestors.

2)      Plan a research trip.

3)      Record the history of your family heirlooms, what’s their origin, how did you get them.

4)      Create a family health history.

5)      Search collateral lines, focus on an ancestor’s siblings for additional records that benefit your research.

6)      Interview a family member.

7)      Try a new app for your mobile device and home computer like Dropbox or Evernote.

8)      Have your DNA tested.

9)      Create a migration map, show where your ancestors lived by creating your own Google map.

10)  Send copies of your family tree to your siblings, nieces/nephews, cousins, etc.

11)  Make connections by starting a family a blog or Facebook group.

12)  Become a Family Search indexer.

13)  Cook up some family recipes with stories that go with them; start a family cookbook.

14)  Visit a new repository or cemetery.

15)  Learn something new – find a program or conference to attend.

16)  Use timelines to analyze your findings.

17)  Don’t forget to write stories about your life.

 

Genealogy Programs

                                                                                                                                               

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Each workshop is free and held at their facility located at 7358 South Pulaski Road, Chicago, IL.

Space is limited so you must register by sending an email to Kris Jarosik kristine.jarosik@nara.gov,

indicating the workshops you are attending.  Call Kris for information 773.948.9010.

                                                                                                                                               

Using Court Records to Find Local and Family History

Saturday November 9, 2013 9:30am – 11am

                                                                                                                                               

Looking at Land and Property Records

Saturday February 8, 2014 9:30am – 12pm

                                                                                                                                               

Historical Military Records

Saturday April 12, 2014 9:30am – 11am

                                                                                                                                               

 

Getting the Most Out of the Census

Saturday June 14, 2014 9:30am – 11am

                                                                                                                                               

Get there early, they usually open at 8:00am on the 2nd Saturday of the month, do some research, request copies of Naturalization records, etc.

http://www.archives.gov/chicago/

 

The DuPage County (IL) Genealogical Society was featured in two posts this week on Tony’s Genealogy Blog.

and

DuPage County Genealogical Society (DCGS) Has Created a Genealogy Blog – Visit It for News About the Society!

Do you read Tony’s Genealogy Blog? Tony Kierna is the Genealogy Coordinator for the Schaumburg Township District Library. He also runs the genealogy blog. The library has a genealogy meeting each month on the 2nd Tuesday of the month. A list of meeting topics can be found here.

Check out Tony’s Genealogy Blog and expand your genealogical horizons.

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