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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.
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
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!
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
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.
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 http://bit.ly/ISGSWebinars.
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.
We have added new content to our Research Resources.
DuPage Families is a collection of cemetery readings and tombstone photographs. Individuals are connected to families as that information is available. Additional information on the individuals and families may be added at anytime.
You can search local cemeteries, individuals, and surnames.
The project is virtually limitless in scope and growth potential. If you have questions or comments, or would like to volunteer to help with data collection and/or entry, please contact Carolee, the DCGS DuPage Families Administrator at email@example.com.
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.
Landowners of DuPage County 1835-1904 $15.00
Necrology Records of Selected Townships in DuPage County $15.00
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
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
Another great Chicago resource, the Pritzker Military Library is celebrating their 10th anniversary this month. The library is located in downtown Chicago, on Michigan Avenue across the street from Millennium Park and the Art Institute.
The Library is a unique institution – part military history and information center, part museum – open to the public with an extensive collection of books, artifacts and rotating exhibits covering many eras and branches of the military.
Research – the library staff will be happy to assist you in your research. Visitors can browse our catalog to view holdings in advance of their research visit.
Inter-Library Loan – borrowing privileges (available to Associate Members) give you access not only to materials from our collection, but also to materials from the many other libraries across the continental United States that partner with us through the Inter-Library Loan System.
Listen to a podcast or join a live event, find details at http://www.pritzkermilitarylibrary.org
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.