Family History Research – Your thoughts?

This morning I am asking for your opinion on I currently do not subscribe to this and have considered it several times. If you subscribe, what has your experience been? What regions of the country are you searching? Are there many of the same records there as on

I have a free three month trial subscription to and feel much of what is there I can find on Archives is relatively new but they pull their databases from some of the same places I already obtain information. Being so new, I do not thing is a subscription I will need right now.

What are your thoughts on all of the above?


Genealogy Research Service


Connecting Families Through Time

I am pleased to announce the opening of my genealogy business, Generations. I have a Bachelor’s Degree in History and have been researching family history since 1996.

I provide research services; writing; and educational services. I am located in the Chicago suburbs and have access to many wonderful research facilities such as:

  • National Archives, Great Lakes Region
  • Harold Washington Library
  • Newberry Library
  • Chicago Historical Society
  • Cook County Governmental Offices
  • Illinois Regional Archives Depositories, statewide
  • Illinois State Archives
  • Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library

For information about rates and services, please email me Jennifer Holik-Urban at

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Professional Genealogist – I’m going for it!

In a matter of weeks my twins will start Kindergarten and all my boys will be in school. It is kind of a sad yet happy moment, although I’m not sure where the last five years have gone!

The last few months I have given a lot of thought to my goals that have kind of been shoved to the side since I had the twins and which goals are a realistic option right now and which ones should wait a while longer. I decided it is time to start the process of being certified in genealogy, so I sent for the Application Guide from the Board for Certification of Genealogists. The guide is supposed to give me the information about applying to be certified and exactly what is involved. I also joined the Association of Professional Genealogists with the lowest category without being listed on their site so I can start networking in the Chicago area.  I am so excited!!

After 14 years of research and dreaming about accomplishing this goal, it is time to find out what I need to do. If you have been down this path and have words of wisdom and tips, I would appreciate hearing it.


The beginning of a new blog

This is the first entry in a new blog which I hope you will find useful. I plan to outline the way I have done research to answer questions or expand my family history. This blog will include useful websites, books and tips. Feel free to post comments if it was helpful or if you have something to add so we can all benefit.

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