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I am an accomplished genealogist with more than 11 years of research experience. I do volunteer work at our local Historical and Genealogy Societies. I specialize in researching in McLean County and the surrounding counties in IL.
Ongoing Genealogical Commitments:I am a member and volunteer regularly at McLean County Museum of History Stevens-Ives Library to help others with their research.I am the County Coordinator for Peoria County on ILGENWEB.NetI served on the Board of Directors for McLean County Genealogical Society and I am currently working on reconstructing the history and cemetery records for McLean CountyI am an active member of the Illinois Genealogical Society and serve on the Conference Committee.I frequently attend lectures and symposiums to advance my own knowledge as well as to learn about other new or unusual resources for my clients.
I specialize in McLean County and the surrounding area and do most research via the computer. However, field trips to nearby libraries, courthouses and cemeteries are available.
Areas of research include marriage and death records, cemetery inscriptions, census records 1790-1930, local history, land records, newspapers, obituaries, pension applications, probate records, and tombstone photography.
Will provide research reports, family group sheets, pedigree charts, ancestral or descendant genealogy reports
Library Research Services:Newspaper Research: obits / funeral notices, marriages, news events, court announcements, etc.City Directories, Phone Directories.Yearbooks - ISU, IWU, Bloomington High School, Normal Community, University High SchoolOther special manuscript collections for McLean County.Church and cemetery records, published and unpublished.MapsPrimary Archives:Illinois Reginonal Archives Depositary (IRAD) - Federal records: censuses, naturalizations, military records, ship passenger lists, etc.County Courthouses and Clerks and Town Clerks - Probate files, naturalizations, court records, marriage records, state censuses, business records, property records, etc.Computer Services:Internet searches and postingsSubscription database searchesIGI and Ancestral File searches (LDS)Social Security Death Index searchesPERSI and manuscript searchesField Research:Cemetery searches & photography (digital), office inquiries, interment lists, etc. (Spring and Fall only)Neighborhood surveys & photography of residences. (Spring and Fall only)Local Historical Societies and Libraries in IL, McLean, Peoria, Tazewell, Livingston, Woodford, Logan and Ford Cos.
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