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Individual Author Record

General Information

Name:  Grace DuMelle  

Pen Name: None

Genre: Non-Fiction Other

Audience: Adult;

Born: Hanover, New Hampshire


-- Grace DuMelle on WorldCat -- http://www.worldcat.org/search?q=grace+dumelle


Illinois Connection

DuMelle 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 Information

Grace 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.


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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
Illinois Woman's Press Association Book Award - 1st Place - Instructional Nonfiction
National Federation of Press Women Book Award - 3rd Place - Instructional Nonfiction

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 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!

Where do I start?
When and where was my ancestor born?
When did my ancestor come to America?
What did my ancestor do for a living?
Where did my ancestor live?
Where is my ancestor buried?

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.
Chicago-area research facilities: what they have and how to access it.
Researching using newspapers, machines and catalogs.
Sources for specific ethnic research.
Sources for long-distance research.

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.


Awards

  • Winner of the Midwest Independent Publishers Association (MIPA)

    Hobby/How To Award (1st Place)

    , 2005, ''Finding Your Chicago Ancestors''

  • Winner of the Illinois Woman's Press Association Instructional Nonfiction Award (1st Place)

    , 2005, ''Finding Your Chicago Ancestors''

    Speaking Engagements

    Speaking Engagement Availability (Yes)

    Getting Started in Genealogy Program Itching to explore your family history after seeing those celebrity genealogy shows? Get off on the right foot with guidance from award-winning author and researcher Grace DuMelle (Finding Your Chicago Ancestors)

    . Learn how to work backwards, talk with relatives, use the census, and be a detective. Includes handouts. (Adults; 60 min; $175 with permission to sell books)

    Making Your Ancestor Quest A Success Program If youre feeling frustrated in your family history progress, discover the pitfalls to avoid and techniques to try. See what Mr. Spock and Marshal Dillon can teach you. Professional researcher Grace DuMelle, author of Finding Your Chicago Ancestors, shares insights gained through years of helping clients and library patrons. (Adults; 60 min; $175 with permission to sell books)