Wednesday, May 7, 2008

Chicago Genealogy

It appears that Gussie L. Sommer may not be related to my family after all. I requested her marriage certificate and she and Paul were married at St. Paul's Church in Chicago. So, no double wedding for my Katharine and Gussie. I looked up Gussie and Paul's marriage on the Illinois State Marriage Index and found the certificate number. I recently found a more reasonable resource for obtaining a copy of vital records found in the Illinois State Archives. This resource is Chicago Genealogy. This resource is extremely fast, less expensive than the Cook County Clerk's office and super convenient! I emailed my request in the afternoon, received an invoice that evening, made a PayPal payment immediately and the next morning I received links to my vital record requests! Talk about service. No running to the mail box waiting for snail mail. Great job Chicago Genealogy ! Thank you.

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The Family

The family. We were a strange little band of characters trudging through life sharing diseases and toothpaste, coveting one another's desserts, hiding shampoo, borrowing money, locking each other out of our rooms, inflicting pain and kissing to heal it in the same instant, loving, laughing, defending, and trying to figure out the common thread that bound us all together. ~Erma Bombeck

Genealogy Pox, author unknown


SYMPTOMS: Continual complaint as to need for names, dates and places. Patient has a blank expressions, sometimes deaf to spouse and children. Has no taste for work of any kind, except feverishly looking through records at libraries and courthouses.
Has a compulsion to write letters. Swears at mailman when he doesn't leave mail. Frequents strange places such as cemeteries, ruins, and remote desolate country areas. Makes secret night calls and hides phone bills from spouse. Mumbles to self. Has strange, faraway look in eyes.


TREATMENT: Medication is useless. This disease is not fatal, but gets progressively worse. Patient should attend genealogy workshops, subscribe to genealogical magazines and be given a quiet corner in the house where he/she can be alone.

REMARKS: The unusual nature of this disease is that the sicker the patient gets, the more he or she enjoys it!