Hi, I'm Jaymie Middendorf

I’m a genealogist and a public librarian with a passion for family history research. Let’s discover your ancestors’ stories!

Events

Genealogy Circle

07/24, 7:00 PM | Forest Park Public Library | Forest Park, IL

We love genealogy! Join Forest Park Public Library’s new genealogy discussion group to talk with other family history hobbyists about finding ancestors, our genealogy projects and brick-wall questions, useful resources, and more.

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Jump into Genealogy

07/26, 11:30 PM | Worth Public Library District | Worth, IL

This is an in-person event at the Worth Public Library District. Discover how to find your ancestors’ stories! In this introduction to genealogy, we’ll discuss the value that census records, vital records, and obituaries bring to your family history research. Learn about which genealogy databases will be the most helpful to you as you’re getting started and how to keep all your research organized once you find it.

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Jump into Genealogy

08/01, 11:00 PM | Wilmington Public Library District | Wilmington, IL

This is an in-person event at the Wilmington Public Library District. Discover how to find your ancestors’ stories! In this introduction to genealogy, we’ll discuss the value that census records, vital records, and obituaries bring to your family history research. Learn about which genealogy databases will be the most helpful to you as you’re getting started and how to keep all your research organized once you find it.

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Chicago Genealogy Research

08/09, 12:00 AM | Addison Public Library | Addison, IL

Sweet home, Chicago! We’ll explore the top resources for finding your Chicago and Cook County ancestors, with an emphasis on available record sets, research strategies, important repositories, and more.

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Emigration from Europe: Ports of Departure

08/23, 12:00 AM | Geneva Public Library District | Geneva, IL

As part of their journey from their homelands in Europe to the United States, our immigrant ancestors traveled through ports. We’ll discuss popular ports for departure in Europe and how to access available records. This lecture primarily focuses on records from 1850 to the 1930s.

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Jump into Genealogy

10/12, 10:30 PM | Waukegan Public Library | Waukegan, IL

Discover how to find your ancestors’ stories! In this introduction to genealogy, we’ll discuss the value that census records, vital records, and obituaries bring to your family history research. Learn about which genealogy databases will be the most helpful to you as you’re getting started and how to keep all your research organized once you find it.

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Jump into Genealogy

11/23, 1:00 AM | Helen Plum Library | Lombard, IL

Discover how to find your ancestors’ stories! In this introduction to genealogy, we’ll discuss the value that census records, vital records, and obituaries bring to your family history research. Learn about which genealogy databases will be the most helpful to you as you’re getting started and how to keep all your research organized once you find it.

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Genealogy Circle

11/27, 8:00 PM | Forest Park Public Library | Forest Park, IL

We love genealogy! Join Forest Park Public Library’s new genealogy discussion group to talk with other family history hobbyists about finding ancestors, our genealogy projects and brick-wall questions, useful resources, and more.

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Jump into Genealogy

12/08, 12:30 AM | Bellwood Public Library | Bellwood, IL

This event is hosted virtually through Zoom with the Bellwood Public Library. Discover how to find your ancestors’ stories! In this introduction to genealogy, we’ll discuss the value that census records, vital records, and obituaries bring to your family history research. Learn about which genealogy databases will be the most helpful to you as you’re getting started and how to keep all your research organized once you find it.

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Lectures

Emigration from Europe: Ports of Departure

As part of their journey from their homelands in Europe to the United States, our immigrant ancestors traveled through ports. We’ll discuss popular ports for departure in Europe and how to access available records. This lecture primarily focuses on records from 1850 to the 1930s.

Immigration to the United States: Passenger Lists

We’ll discuss tools for locating passenger lists, including databases, collections, and both print and digital indices. Examples of passenger lists will be explored to show the types of information you can learn about your ancestors from the lists. This lecture focuses on records from 1820 to 1924.

Chicago Genealogy Research

Sweet home, Chicago! We’ll explore the top resources for finding your Chicago and Cook County ancestors, with an emphasis on available record sets, research strategies, important repositories, and more.

Tracing Anna Jørgensen Frentz: a Case Study of Danish-American Genealogy

For many years, my research was stuck on Anna Jørgensen Frentz. We’ll discuss genealogy resources and methodologies that helped me locate Anna’s family, break down my brick walls surrounding my Jørgensen ancestors, and get my Jørgensen research back to Denmark.

Genealogical Research

I offer genealogy consultations for researchers who need help kickstarting their research. Genealogy consultations are great for anyone who is looking for a personalized overview of getting started with family history research or researchers who are looking for a customized research plan. In addition to genealogy consultations, I offer genealogy research for clients. Research is currently waitlisted. Please contact me for pricing and availability of these services.

Reach Out

Contact me with questions, scheduling a lecture at your local library or genealogy society, to book a genealogy consultation, or to inquire about research services.