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Finding Your Chicago Ancestors

A Beginner's Guide to Family History in the City and Cook County

By Grace DuMelle

Many of our Polish ancestors settled in the Chicago area. 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. Choose any of the self-contained chapters that focus on the questions beginners most want answered and jump right in!

• Where do I start?

• When and where was my ancestor born?

• When did my ancestor come to America?

• What did my ancestor do for a living?

• Where did my ancestor live?

• Where is my ancestor buried?

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:

• Chicago-area research facilities: what they have and how to access it

• Researching using newspapers, machines and catalogs

• Sources for specific ethnic research

• Sources for long-distance research

Also included are examples of documents such as death certificates, church registers and U.S. census entries

soft cover; ISBN: 978-1-893121-25-6; Publication Date: March 2005; Specifications: 5.5″ x 8.5″, 329 pages; Extras: photos, illustrations, biography, index


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