I launched ChicagoGenealogy.com in the summer of 2003. Over the next twelve years, I retrieved thousands of vital records and many divorce and probate files, helping researchers across the world learn more about their Chicago ancestors. That experience taught me a lot about Chicago research.
After a move from the Chicago area in 2015, I decided to turn my focus to acquiring professional-level research and writing skills. I have finished the National Genealogical Society's American Genealogical Studies course and completed the eighteen-month ProGen Study Group experience. Most recently, I spent a week at the Salt Lake Institute of Genealogy in the "Technical Writing for Genealogists" course.
The tutorial pages on this website speak to my understanding of Chicago records. Winning first place in the Chicago Genealogical Society's 2017-2018 writing contest speaks to my skills. And,the reviews on my Research Services page speak to my ability to work with clients.
There are many talented genealogists who specialize in Chicago research and each one of us has a particular set of strengths. I would describe myself as a tenacious and creative researcher who works hard to produce quality reports that reflect solid research practices. My specialty is Chicago research, but I also have experience working on projects focused on New York City (early 1800s), Oneida County, New York, and a number of midwestern states.
Please visit Research Services to learn more about how I can help you address your research questions. And, feel free to email me about the possibility of setting up a research project. If I believe I have the expertise you need, I will happily provide a proposal and quote. And, if not, I'll do my best to refer you to someone more suited to your needs.
Whether you decide to hire me for your project or are just looking for ideas on how to pursue research on your own, I hope the pages you find on this site will provide the information you need to see success in your Chicago research.
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