Finding Your Chicago Ancestors: A Beginner's Guide to Family History in the City and Cook County
In this easy-to-use reference guide, family historian Grace DuMelle provides the means to trace Chicago connections like a pro. She shows not just what to research, but how to research. Without wading through preliminaries, readers choose any of the self-contained chapters that focus on the questions beginners most want answered. Other chapters cover the nuts and bolts of the mechanics that are the key to making a family's past come alive, with highlights summarizing important points. In finding Chicago ancestors, readers will better understand not only their family's history, but also their involvement in the history of a great American city.
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The Chicago Roots of Your Family Tree
For almost 175 years, a great metropolis on the shores of a freshwater sea has sent a siren call to immigrants internal and external, giving most Americans some kind of link to the City of Big Shoulders. Whether your people came west from New England in the early days of settlement, or north from Mississippi in the Great Migration; whether they sailed from Sweden and Sicily, or flew from Budapest and Prague; whether they settled here permanently or temporarily, this easy-to-use reference guide will help you document them.
Family historian Grace DuMelle provides the means to trace your Chicago connections like a pro. She shows you not just what to research, but how to research. Without wading through lots of preliminaries, choose any of the self-contained chapters that focus on the questions beginners most want answered and jump right in!
Where do I start?
Other chapters cover the nuts and bolts of the mechanics that are the key to making your family's past come alive, with highlights summarizing important points:
Examples of documents such as death certificates, church registers and U.S. census entries.
In finding your Chicago ancestors, you will not only better understand your and your family's history, but also your and your family's involvement in the history of a great American city.
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When and Where Was My Ancestor Born?
Who Were the Parents of My Ancestor?
Who Were the Siblings of My Ancestor?
When and Who Did My Ancestor Marry?
Where Did My Ancestor Live?
What Occupation Did My Ancestor Have?
When Did My Ancestor Die
When Did My Ancestor Come to America?
Nuts and Bolts of Newspaper Searching
Nuts and Bolts of Birth and Death Records
How to Use Machines and Catalogs
What to Expect at ChicagoArea
Top Web Sites for ChicagoArea Research
About the Author