Welcome!! If you need help doing genealogical research in Illinois, you've come to the right place.
Want to get in touch? Send me an email at email@example.com. Or, write to me by snail-mail:
P.O. Box 5785
Springfield, IL 62705
Want to learn more about me? Just click here!
I am based in Springfield, Illinois and have access to the following records:
|ILLINOIS Records||Time Frames and Access||Add'l Info +/or Fee|
|Births||varies by county|
|Deaths in Illinois||Statewide 1916-1947 for $5.00 each||Pre-1916
varies by county
1948-1988 for $17 each (+/-)
|Pre-1916 county info|
|Stillbirth certificates||Statewide 1916-1947||Pre-1916
|Census: Illinois State||1820-1865||
|Census: Civil War Militia||1861-1863||$8.00|
|Civil War Muster Rolls||1861-1865||$5.00|
|WWI Draft Registrations||1917-1919||$5.00
|Other Military Records||varies|
|Obituaries/Death Notices||1830-current||BACK IN BUSINESS!!||click HERE|
|Newspaper articles||1813-current||BACK IN BUSINESS!!||click HERE|
|Probate/Will Case Files|
|"Brick Wall" crumbling||hourly fee, agreed-upon in advance|
|NEW! County records: LDS films at Il State Archives||hourly (currently) fee; agreed-upon in advance||NEW!! Click HERE|
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I do not currently have the ability to quickly scan & email the documents I find for you.
If you really need (or choose) to have the documents scanned and emailed, please let me know why. I may do it for free, or I may request an additional fee. It all depends on WHAT you've ordered, WHEN you must have the results, and HOW much time it would take me, to fulfill your request. Currently, it takes me about 15 minutes per letter-sized page. This time includes scanning at 150-300dpi; de-speckling (if needed); cropping; resizing & antivirus scanning the data file before going online; then, using dial-up connection (it fits the budget!), uploading as an email attachment.
IF you desire to have your documents shipped to you via special handling
(i.e., Priority Mail, Express Mail, FedEx, etc.),
please state so in your request, and I will follow your wishes~!
Unless otherwise specified on my website (i.e. death certificates), all postage/shipping expenses are the responsibility of the requestor/client. I don't mind completing and submitting the additional paperwork to your chosen mailing/shipping entity at the time of mailing... It just doesn't fit into my current budget, without recompense.
The link directly below will open in a new window, and will allow you to access to the online searchable database of the IL Newspaper Project holdings, for cities, towns & counties in IL (and elsewhere) - that are available to me at the Presidential Library here in Springfield, IL (where I live & research).
The hyperlink below allows a search by state, by county, or also by area served.
The hyperlink to a search screen below is newer, and deals ONLY with the newspapers in the holdings of the Microfilm Department of the A. Lincoln Presidential Library. This newer offering will result in all newspaper holdings for any particular Illinois city or town.
Fees for Presidential Library obituary/newspaper article research:
|IF obit is indexed (newspaper, city & publication date known)||= $4.00 per search|
|IF not indexed, but death date & locale known||= $5.00 per publication searched|
IF you do not "guess", or suggest a newspaper that might be relevant to your ancestor's residential/familial residential location, then I must do the guessing... and my guesses may be SO wrong - and so far off - for what you need... so check out the link above, and see if any of that county's newspapers might ring any "bells" with your known research, ok?
All others charged at hourly rate of $20 (my speed-reading keeps the cost low)
Expense reimbursement required for the above research:
Printing expense: 1st page free; add'l pages, if necessary = 50¢ each
Parking fees (if applicable, prorated), based on $1.00/hour parking rate
Postage reimbursement (or SASE - Self-Addressed Stamped Envelope)
(historical/genealogical department of Lincoln Library, Springfield's public library)
Massive collection of indexed obituaries/death notices published in the Springfield newspapers from 1830 - current
(the link below leads to the main library web page, with contact & telephone info; However, the obituary index is in an index-card file format, and is not online)
Probate Case files (especially useful for documentation of pre-1878 Illinois death dates & heirs); Historical Research; Federal Land Purchases; Plat Maps; Cemetery Inscriptions and photographs; if you don't see what you need, or what you'd like to find - please ask! I still have much to learn!
THIS SECTION HAS BEEN DELAYED DUE TO CONSTRUCTION
(or REconstruction, of my brain & my life - but now both seem to be operating properly.. I hope~)
OLD SITE POSTING... still the same, but WILL be updated soon. I PROMISE!
Currently working on a rudimentary transcription (index) of the 1865 IL State Census for Cook County. Below are links to each City of Chicago Ward (completed so far). Each Ward hyperlink will open in a new browser window.
To search for your ancestors - once you've opened any of these pages, use the Control-F (Find) function to search for character strings specific to the surnames you are seeking. The scripted handwriting (and spelling) for several pages is unbelievable~ If you'd like a copy or printout of any of the census pages, please email me the information; fees below.
Ward 5, 6 and 7 are NOW COMPLETE, (but the files needs to be cleaned up before posting) Working on Ward 8 thru 16, and Proviso twp...
Ward 1 Ward 2 Ward 3 Ward 4 Ward 5
If you're happy with the results of my research - please pass on the good word to any genealogical mailing list or web site that you can! If you're NOT happy - email ME - and let me know how I can make it better!
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For information, or to place an order - - Contact me via one of the methods given below:
Either by email at email@example.com (Please include something in the Subject/Topic line!) or by "snail-mail" - to: Molly Kennedy P.O. Box 5785 Springfield, IL 62705
page last updated Jan. 15, 2008