Over the last decade, I've come to believe this: there is no substitute for the first-hand knowledge that comes from working with a set of records repeatedly over time. The 10+ years I spent retrieving Cook County court documents and vital records gave me some valuable insights into Chicago research. I've moved from the area, but I still enjoy putting my skills to use. I can help brainstorm approaches to tough research questions or undertake projects to piece together Chicago families. For more information, please see my chicagogenealogy) profile on Genlighten. ~ Cyndy
If you have specialized research needs at repositories like the Newberry Library or Chicago History Museum and want to hire a local researcher to help, check out Genlighten's list of Chicago-area genealogists to find someone who has the expertise you're looking for. Fees range from $28-$40 per hour.
Curious to read all the great things clients have said about Amanda, Cyndy, Juli, Kim, Molly, and Steven, the six research providers mentioned here? Visit their Genlighten profile pages (linked above) and scroll down to check out the feedback clients have left for them.
Amanda (roots4all) can retrieve any Chicago/Cook record available at the Wilmette Family History Center. To request a search, visit her profile page on Genlighten and contact her using the Chicago vital records offering that's linked beneath her profile photo or from the "Hire Me" tab.
Chicago vital records research should be straightforward, but it's not. The various groups of records are available online from FamilySearch, from microfilm in Wilmette and Salt Lake City, from IRAD at NEIU, from Springfield and, of course, from the Cook County Clerk's office online, in person, and by mail. And, the price for some records can vary from $0 to approximately $17, depending on how they're obtained. If you have a question about the best way to get what you need, email message Cyndy (firstname.lastname@example.org) for help.
Molly (mollykennedy) has access to a statewide collection of newspapers in Springfield and if anyone can find what you need, she can! See her Illinois Obituary Research offering on Genlighten for more information. $7.75/search.
If you have a Soundex card from the Illinois, Northern District Naturalization Index, 1840-1950 listing Circuit, Superior, County, or Criminal Court, Steven (jolietgenealogy) can provide you with digital images of the matching record OR you can get a paper copy for $3.00 by contacting the Archives.
Juli (julic) can search a unique database. If she finds a match, she will provide you with a copy of the "petition to adopt." $75 for a successful search; no charge if she doesn't find a match. Cook County Adoption Lookup Form
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