Table of Contents
   Acknowledgmentsp. vii
   Introduction: Family History: The Ultimate Reality Showp. ix
   Getting Your Questions Answered
      Where Do I Start?
         Gather Your Family's Informationp. 3
         Organize Your Informationp. 4
         Begin Research Using the Census, Vital Records, and City Directoriesp. 8
         Three Beginner's Mistakes to Avoidp. 13
      When (and Where) Was My Ancestor Born?
         Birth and Baptismal Recordsp. 19
         Birth Announcementsp. 22
         Censusp. 22
         School Recordsp. 24
         Social Security Applicationp. 27
         Post-1906 Naturalization Recordsp. 29
         Death Recordsp. 30
      Who Were the Parents of My Ancestor?
         Birth and Baptismal Recordsp. 34
         Delayed and Corrected Birth Certificatesp. 36
         Death Recordsp. 40
         Censusp. 47
         Marriage Recordsp. 48
      Who Were the Siblings of My Ancestor?
         Censusp. 55
         Death Notices and Obituariesp. 55
         Proof of Heirshipp. 58
         Divorce Recordsp. 60
      When (and Who) Did My Ancestor Marry?
         Civil Marriage Recordsp. 68
         Church Marriage Recordsp. 75
         Unindexed Marriage Recordsp. 78
      Where Did My Ancestor Live?
         Sources for Addressesp. 84
         Sources for Photographsp. 93
         Fire Insurance Mapsp. 94
      What Occupation Did My Ancestor Have?
         City Directoriesp. 101
         U.S. Censusp. 105
         State Censusp. 109
         Sources for Teachersp. 112
         Sources for City Workers (Chicago)p. 114
         Sources for Railroad Workersp. 116
         Sources for Professionalsp. 120
      When Did My Ancestor Die and Where Is My Ancestor Buried?
         Determine the Death Datep. 124
         Determine the Place of Burialp. 128
      When Did My Ancestor Come to America?
         U.S. Censusp. 141
         Death Certificatesp. 144
         Late Nineteenth-Century Voter Registrationsp. 144
         Church Recordsp. 148
         Naturalization Recordsp. 149
         Passenger Listsp. 161
   Practical Advice
      Nuts and Bolts of the U.S. Census
         Tips for Finding Your Ancestor's Entryp. 176
         Census Indexesp. 177
         Soundex and Miracode Indexesp. 185
         Find Your Ancestor by Addressp. 190
         Where to Find the Censusp. 197
      Nuts and Bolts of Newspaper Searching
         Before You Startp. 202
         Selected Chicago Newspapers and Where to Find Themp. 203
         Indexes to Chicago Newspapersp. 207
         Selected Suburban Cook County Newspapersp. 209
         Obituary and Other Search Servicesp. 209
      Nuts and Bolts of Birth and Death Records
         Birth Recordsp. 213
         Death Recordsp. 221
      How to Use Machines and Catalogs
         Microfilm and Microfiche Machinesp. 231
         Library Catalogsp. 244
      What to Expect at Chicago-Area Research Facilities
         Chicago Historical Society (CHS)p. 251
         Chicago Public Libraryp. 254
         Clerk of the Circuit Court of Cook County Archivesp. 257
         Cook County Bureau of Vital Statisticsp. 261
         Family History Center (FHC)-Wilmette, Illinoisp. 265
         Illinois Regional Archives Depository (IRAD)p. 268
         National Archives and Records Administration (NARA)-Great Lakes Regionp. 271
         Newberry Libraryp. 275
         University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC) Richard J. Daley Libraryp. 278
      Top Web Sites for Chicago-Area Research
         Local Institutional Web Sitesp. 287
         Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saintsp. 292
         Free Internet Sourcesp. 293
         Subscription Databasesp. 295
      Ethnic Resources
         General Resourcesp. 301
         Resources by Ethnic Groupp. 303
         Cultural Organizationsp. 309
   Beginner's Bookshelfp. 312
   Indexp. 314
   About the Authorp. 323