Finding Your Chicago Ancestors: A Beginner's Guide to Family History in the City and Cook County
This soft cover book makes a great gift for anyone learning more about their Chicago heritage!
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! 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.
Grace DuMelle founded Heartland Historical Research Service, which has specialized in house, family, and oral histories since 1995. She also assists family historians at the Newberry Library.
Page Count: 329 pp.
Pub Date: February 2005
Format: Trade paperback, 5.5" x 8.5"
Features: photos, illustrations, bibliography, index