Thursday, November 16, 2006

Research your family tree for $11

Well now, here's a real bargain. The Kankakee (IL) Daily Journal newspaper dated 11/16/06 has an article titled "Genealogists a family group" here.

The Iroquois County Genealogical Society in Kankakee meets regularly:

"Hostess was Denise Corke of Watseka, president of the Iroquois County Genealogical Society. Sixteen people attended, down from 28 in 1987. Many, including Corke, are the same as 19 years ago, except with white hair.

Secretary Phyllis Gerrick of Milford says the society sends the quarterly newsletter, The Iroquois Stalker, to 288 people all over the U.S., but only a small core group is active.

They also answer queries from all over the country, and notes:

The core members of the society are expert genealogists who deal with requests -- as many as 100 per month -- from folks who come here to access the library's extensive resources. That includes the 70,000 obituaries that have been meticulously organized for easy access by Pat Ohr of rural Watseka, says
vice-president Carol Wrench of Sheldon.

People can browse on their own through the history books and cemetery listings. The society charges $11 to research a family tree, plus extra fees for copies of legal documents.

Somehow I doubt that they provide whole family trees for $11, but having access to 70,000 obituaries is great! I wish I had ancestry in Kankakee!

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