Individual Author Record
Name: Grace DuMellePen Name: None Genre: Non-Fiction Other Born: Hanover, New Hampshire Sites:
Illinois ConnectionDuMelle is an alumna of Rosary College (now Dominican University) in River Forest, Illinois and the Institute of Genealogical and Historical Research in Birmingham, Alabama.
Biographical and Professional InformationGrace DuMelle’s experience on both sides of the reference desk -- as a staffer and as a researcher -- influenced the very practical, hands-on approach of her book, Finding Your Chicago Ancestors: A Beginner’s Guide to Family History Research in the City and Cook County. It has received state, regional and national awards for instructional nonfiction, and is now in its second printing from Lake Claremont Press in Chicago.She lectures and teaches on aspects of genealogy and house history. Featured in “House Hunter,” Chicago, January 2005; “Nurturing your family tree,” The Chicago Tribune, February 6, 2004; “Owners Eager for History Spur A Boom in ‘House Genealogy,’” The Wall Street Journal, May 17, 2002. Appearances on WGN Radio, WGN TV, WLS TV, WBEZ Radio.
Titles At Your Library
Finding Your Chicago Ancestors: A Beginner's Guide to Family History in the City and Cook County
ISBN: 1893121259 Lake Claremont Press. 2005 In this easy-to-use reference guide, family historian Grace DuMelle provides the means to trace Chicago connections like a pro. She shows not just what to research, but how to research. Without wading through preliminaries, readers choose any of the self-contained chapters that focus on the questions beginners most want answered. Other chapters cover the nuts and bolts of the mechanics that are the key to making a family's past come alive, with highlights summarizing important points. In finding Chicago ancestors, readers will better understand not only their family's history, but also their involvement in the history of a great American city.
Midwest Independent Publishers Association Book Award - 1st Place - Hobby/How- To
The Chicago Roots of Your Family Tree
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 Migrationwhether 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!
Where do I start?
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:
Examples of documents such as death certificates, church registers and U.S. census entries.
In finding your Chicago ancestors, you will not only better understand your and your family's history, but also your and your family's involvement in the history of a great American city.