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Individual Author Record

General Information

Name:  Grace DuMelle  

Pen Name: None

Genre: C:ADULT Non-Fiction Other

Born: Hanover, New Hampshire


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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-- *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''