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Stories of Interest: Cook Co. Website Gives Quick Access to Old Genealogical Information

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Michael J. Leclerc

Michael J. Leclerc
Director of Special Projects

Daily Herald correspondent Eileen O. Daday on the website of the Cook County Clerk's office, CookCountyGenealogy.com, which offers access to digitized documents from the Bureau of Vital Records, including pre-1936 births, pre-1961 marriages, and pre-1990 deaths.

 

"We were frustrated as an office, because we want to give good service," [County County Clerk David] Orr says in tracing the website's roots. "Putting this information online makes it available to people looking into their own genealogy."

 

Read the full story at the Daily Herald website.


Stories of Interest: DNA Points to Royal Roots in Africa

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Michael J. Leclerc

Michael J. Leclerc
Director of Special Projects

DNA Points to Royal Roots in Africa

MSNBC reports on William Holland, a genealogical researcher living in Atlanta who has seen some pretty strange twists in his family tree. Several years ago, he found out that his great-grandfather was a black slave ... who wound up serving as a Confederate soldier during the Civil War. But this year Holland's research resulted in something even stranger. Thanks to DNA testing, Holland is being welcomed as a long-lost relative by a ruling family of the West African nation of Cameroon. 


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