You need an early Chicago vital record but don't require a certified copy from the Cook County Clerk's Office.
Billy (bedgingt), located in Salt Lake City, can provide digital copies for $7 each with fast turnaround if you send her index information from FamilySearch, an Illinois Statewide index, or Ancestry. She can also retrieve records from other states, New York City vital records, for example, if you can provide index information and a film number.
Nick (nickmgombash), located in Chicago, can also provide digital copies of early Chicago vital records for $6.50 with fast turnaround. His offerings include Death Certificates, 1878-1922, Birth Records, 1871-1922 and Marriage Licenses, 1871-1920. Nick also retrieves birth certificates 1923-1937 and death certificates, 1923-1990 for a higher fee.
And Molly (mollykennedy), located in Springfield, has access to Illinois statewide death certificates 1916-1947 ($7) and 1947 forward ($22), and birth certificates 1916 forward ($28). Also stillbirth certificates for Illinois 1916-1942 and 1946-1947 ($9) and Chicago 1922-1942 and 1946-1947 ($9).
You'd need an obituary search or a copy of a newspaper article from a publication that's not available online.
You need a building permit, 1872-1954.
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.
You'd like your grandparents' divorce record from the 1920s but you don't have the exact date.
Kim (kimstankiewicz) can search multiple years in the divorce indexes. If she finds a case number, she can follow up to provide scanned color images of the records in the file. $35/hour. Research Request Form
You need help with adoption research in Chicago or Cook County.
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) If she doesn't find a match, no charge. Cook County Adoption Lookup Form
You need records from your aunt's probate file.
You'd like color scans of a naturalization record from the Circuit Court Archives.
If you have a Soundex card from the Illinois, Northern District Naturalization Index, 1840-1950, Kim (kimstankiewicz) can provide you with images. $15 per search. Circuit Court Archives Naturalization Record Search Request Form
You're curious to know more about your house history but you're not able to visit the Recorder of Deeds Office in person.
Visit Genlighten.com, a marketplace for genealogy research services that was inspired by this Chicago research site, to connect with other experienced researchers across the United States and beyond. The site lets you easily browse provider profiles to choose the right person for the job and provides online tools that make it easy to track your research projects. All of the links on this page will take you to request forms on that site.
Sample Genlighten Offerings Outside Chicago
Curious to know what clients say about Juli, Kim, Molly, and Billy, the four research providers mentioned here? Visit their Genlighten profile pages (linked above) and scroll down to check out the feedback clients have left for them.
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