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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.

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.

 

 

After our summer sabbatical, our general meetings and programs start up again on Wednesday, September 18, 2013.  This program is a joint presentation by DCGS and the DuPage County Historical Museum held at the Museum, 102 E. Wesley St., Wheaton, IL.  Our social time starts at 6:30pm and the meeting starts at 7:00pm.  Consider spending the afternoon at the museum, in the research library, viewing exhibits, or maybe book a guided tour. 

Exhibits on special loan from the Illinois State Military Museum include:

36th Illinois Infantry Regiment National Colors
Infantry Regiment of the Civil War, also known as the Fox Valley Regiment was organized in Aurora in September of 1861.  According to the Adjutant General’s Report, the Regiment included 965 officers and enlisted men, forty-seven being from DuPage County.  Officers from Cook, Grundy, Kane, Kendall, Lawrence, McHenry, and Warren Counties completed the regiment. 

8th Illinois Cavalry Guidon
The guidon flag was carried by the soldiers of the 8th Regiment of the Illinois Volunteer Cavalry during the Civil War.  Beginning in early 1862, the 8th Illinois was stationed in Washington D.C. and attached to the Army of the Potomac, fighting in their first battle at Williamsburg.  The unit also fought in a number of engagements including Mechanicsville (Seven Days Battle), Hanover Court House, Seven Pines, Brandy Station, Middleburg, Upperville, and Gettysburg. 

[Excerpted from Exhibits -DuPage County Historical Museum

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Saturday, February 15, 2014 in St. Charles, IL.

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.

Breaking Down a Brick Wall: A Case Study in Unlocking My Irish Ancestry How I Found the Marriage Record of My Irish Great-Great Grandparents
Presented by Nancy Thomas

Learn how listening to family stories can lead you from known facts to the unknown. Newspapers, census records, church records, online indexes, and maps resulted in the breaking down of a major brick wall. This presentation will show the step-by-step process and analysis used to tackle Irish research successfully.

Next General Meeting – March 21, 2012 – Social starting at 6:30 PM – see Meetings

This meeting will be held in the:
Lower Level Meeting Room
Wheaton Public Library

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Join DuPage County (IL) Genealogical Society in indexing the 1940 U.S. Federal Census!

Step 1: Go to: http://the1940census.com

Step 2: Click GET STARTED from the menu at the top.

Step 3: Download and install the Indexing Software

Step 4: Register for a FamilySearch account, if you don’t already have one.

Step 5: Select Another group, then select DuPage County (IL) Genealogical Society from the dropdown list.

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Guest Post by Linda Herrick Swisher

On February 25, I attended my first DuPage Genealogical Society Conference. I was drawn by the All-Star speaker lineup of Lou Szucs and Juliana Smith from Ancestry.com, as well as Paul Milner, Tony Burroughs, Maureen Brady, and Jennifer Holik.

Coming from the southern suburbs, and never having been to St. Charles, I wanted to start the day well-rested, without worrying about travel time or getting lost. I made reservations for Friday night at the Hilton Garden Inn, a very clean, attractive, quiet facility with a VERY comfortable bed.

The next morning, I headed downstairs where there was a good walk-in crowd. Having pre-registered, sign-in took just seconds — simply a matter of picking up my name tag and syllabus. Door prize tickets were already tucked into the name badge, which sported a color-coded dot to allow hotel staff to quickly serve one’s preselected lunch option.

The vendor area seemed quite busy, with a good variety of products and services, societies and repositories. The schedule allowed for ample time for browsing or rest breaks between sessions. One could choose from a great selection of door prizes.

A three-track conference gave attendees a choice. Trying to decide which session to attend was the hardest part of the day! Lecture rooms were good-sized, and nicely filled. Having the speaker remain in one room was a convenience for the speaker, and attendees seemed to have no problem finding the correct room. Upstairs, lunch was served quickly and there was even enough time for more shopping before the afternoon sessions started.

The sessions I attended ran smoothly, with volunteer monitors to watch the door, do introductions, and also alert speakers of the five minute mark. The evaluation form stapled to the back of the syllabus made it easy to complete the form and turn it in at the end of the conference, along with name tags.

I understand that attendance figures were nearly record-setting. It sounds as though attendees were drawn by the topics, as well as the recent focus on genealogy due to “Who Do You Think You Are?” Kudos to Carole Magnuson and the conference committee. A great deal of planning goes into such an event, and from what I could see, they had all the bases covered. Thanks also to the vendors and door prize contributors.

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Jennifer Holik, of Generations, will launch a brand new series of books in the Branching Out series on March 28, 2012.  Each book contains 15 lessons, teaching the basics of genealogical research to children. On this day you will be able to purchase the textbook in paperback form, PDF, or PowerPoint. The paperback will be available on CreateSpace. The PowerPoint and PDF versions will be available on the Generations E-Junkie store. The PowerPoint version has the same content as the book but with a few extras. It was designed for the visual, hands-on learner in mind.

Be sure to sign up for the Generations newsletter to stay in touch with what’s going on with Generations. This is only the beginning of a major kids’ series. Also sign up for the series editor, Stephanie Pitcher Fishman’s newsletter at Corn and Cotton. This year Generations will be collaborating with Corn and Cotton on more educational resources. You will want to know what she is working on as well!

The following will be released March 28 and the links will be live on the Generations website.

1st-3rd Grade Students

Books

  • Branching Out Genealogy for 1st – 3rd Grade Students Lessons 1-15
  • Branching Out Genealogy for 1st – 3rd Grade Students Lessons 16-30

PowerPoint

  • Branching Out Genealogy for 1st – 3rd Grade Students Lessons 1-15
  • Branching Out Genealogy for 1st – 3rd Grade Students Lessons 16-30

PDF Version

  • Branching Out Genealogy for 1st – 3rd Grade Students Lessons 1-15
  • Branching Out Genealogy for 1st – 3rd Grade Students Lessons 16-30

4th-8th Grade Students

Books

  • Branching Out Genealogy for 4th – 8th Grade Students Lessons 1-15
  • Branching Out Genealogy for 4th – 8th Grade Students Lessons 16-30

PowerPoint

  • Branching Out Genealogy for 4th – 8th Grade Students Lessons 1-15
  • Branching Out Genealogy for 4th – 8th Grade Students Lessons 16-30

PDF Version

  • Branching Out Genealogy for 4th – 8th Grade Students Lessons 1-15
  • Branching Out Genealogy for 4th – 8th Grade Students Lessons 16-30

High School Students

Books

  • Branching Out Genealogy for High School Students Lessons 1-15
  • Branching Out Genealogy for High School Students Lessons 16-30

PowerPoint

  • Branching Out Genealogy for High School Students Lessons 1-15
  • Branching Out Genealogy for High School Students Lessons 16-30

PDF Version

  • Branching Out Genealogy for High School Students Lessons 1-15
  • Branching Out Genealogy for High School Students Lessons 16-30
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This is a guest post by DCGS President Nancy Thomas

I arrived yesterday, January 25, after a very early morning flight out of Chicago. The hotel has a free shuttle van that picked me up at the airport. My room was ready. I unpacked, ate a quick lunch in the hotel’s restaurant, and set off to find the group at the library. There’s an exit out the back of the hotel that leads to an alley that is a shortcut to the library. Very handy. However, after looking for the group on several floors with no luck–I didn’t realize that the seven other members of the group would be scattered around doing there own research (and I had no idea what any of them looked like!)–I decided to get on with my own research and try to meet up with the group later. Later turned out to be 9:00 p.m.

I started out by ordering some microfilms that were listed in the FamilySearch online catalog as located in the vault which is off site. In a few days, I will look in the film drawers to see if they are there yet. I did not accomplish much that first day on my own, but had a good consultation session with Nancy Ellen Carlberg, the professional genealogist with the group, this morning. She had looked over several Family Group Sheets that I had sent to her before the trip. She was able to suggest resources and orient me to where things were located on the various floors of the library. This individual attention was what I needed to really get started.

After getting passes from the lobby desk, the group went to lunch together at the LDS Church Cafeteria. This is located across the street in the LDS Office Building, about a 4 minute walk through beautiful Temple Square. This is an amazing cafeteria that is actually for employees of the LDS Church, but patrons using the LDS library are also welcome. It has a wide variety of food to eat, but the best thing are the prices! They are subsidized; for example, I had the special grilled sandwich of the day and a cookie for $3.28! Something I have noticed both at the library and the cafeteria is that all the men wear suits, white dress shirts, and ties. The women wear either skirts or dresses. They look and act very professional, and are friendly and helpful as well. It is very impressive.

I am preparing tonight for another day of research tomorrow. How great is this!

Nancy Thomas

President, DCGS

 

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On Monday I spent the majority of the day researching in the Special Collections Department of the Daley Library at the University of Illinois – Chicago. I was looking through some of the Italian Americans in Chicago collection for a client. I requested a few boxes of materials that were not related to my client’s work but thought might provide a little more context for his genealogy book. The information I discovered was amazing. BUT, the one thing I found so sad and disappointing is the fact that many of the photos donated to the collection or copied for the collection were unmarked.

There were no names identifying all these people.

The research conducted was used to put together a special exhibit of the Italians in Chicago, originally housed at the Cultural Center and then later, and still today, at the Italian Cultural Center. You can view the photographs there, in the collection or online at the Italians in Chicago photo collection.

I encourage you to take a look at these photos and if you can identify anyone in them, please leave a comment. If you have Italian roots in Chicago, visit UIC or the Italian Cultural Center and investigate their collections. You may uncover something new and wonderful for your family history.

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1940 census

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