Family History Research

National Archives rolls out new site

The National Archives rolled out its updated look this week. Have you seen it? The look is very clean and simple. From their main page you can access sections such as:

  • Research our records
  • Veterans’ service records
  • Teachers’ resources
  • Our locations
  • Shop Online

Entering any of those areas leads to newly formatted pages that are easy to use. Check out the new pages when you have some time!

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National Archives Great Lakes Branch Class

I just emailed NARA to find out if there is still room in this class. I feel very comfortable with this topic already but have never heard Lou Szucs speak and I heard she is great.

November 13, 2010

Title: They Became American: Finding Ancestral Origins
Saturday, November 13
9:00 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.
National Archives at Chicago
Admission $10.00 payable at the door.

Critical clues may be found in a naturalization record, a photograph, in an archive or even in someone’s attic. Renowned author and genealogist, Loretto Szucs will focus on some fascinating sources for finding more precise information on your ancestors’ origins in this workshop. You must pre register to guarantee a seat.

Limited Seating: To reserve a space for this program, please pre-register by providing your name, preferred mailing address, phone number, and e-mail address:

  • E-mail
  • Telephone the National Archives at Chicago at (773) 948-9001 begin_of_the_skype_highlighting              (773) 948-9001
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Madness Monday – Preparing for another research trip

My Madness Monday for this week really isn’t a brick wall I can’t climb over, just the “I just came back from a research trip and am going on two more in the next week” feeling. LOL! Yesterday I went through everything from my trip to Springfield, sorted out death certificates I looked up for other people so I can get those off, went through my lists so I am ready the next time I can get down there, and started working on my list for Friday.

Friday I am going into the city to look at Cook County Probate and Naturalization records at the Daley Building, then over to the Harold Washington Library to do ??? That is my goal today, figure out what they have there that I need. I also plan to get a reciprocal library card so I an access their databases from home. Did you know if you live in the Chicago area there is a list of libraries that participate? Just check out a Chicago Public Library’s website.

After that I may just run around downtown a little enjoying the sites, the sounds, the energy of the city before heading home. I might even do a little cemetery  hopping on the way home if I leave the city early enough.

A week from today I am thinking about heading to the National Archives to look up any Naturalizations I cannot get at the County office and look into their World War I Textual references. I understand they have information on men who were drafted and I am trying to find information on two of Michael Kokoska’s brothers who served stateside during the War. That would be very useful information for my Narrative Lineage for my Certification.

And the last thing on my list is to come up with a schedule for myself to complete parts of the Certification, finish my book on Robert Brouk, fit in the ProGen Study Group that I hope to start September 1, and take on a few clients for my new Genealogy Business.  Yes, I am launching my new business, GENERATIONS. I will have a website soon, and hope to pick up a few clients before the year ends.

All of that probably qualifies this for a Madness Monday! But it is going to be great fun and I am sure to learn a lot!

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Vote for the new National Archives webpage design!

Do you follow NARAtions? The National Archives blog? If not, check it out.  This weekend they posted about the New NARA Webpage Redesign and we can vote on the design we like.

Take a look and cast your vote before time runs out!

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