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

Chicago Genealogy Research

12/03, 1:00 AM | 125 S. Prospect Avenue | Elmhurst, Illinois

This event is at the Elmhurst Public Library. Sweet home, Chicago! 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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Jump into Genealogy

01/11, 1:00 AM | 500 W Irving Park Road | Itasca, IL

This event is at the Itasca Community 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

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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.

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Immigration Through Castle Garden and Ellis Island

Castle Garden and Ellis Island saw a huge number of European immigrants arriving in the United States. We’ll discuss the history of these facilities, available records including passenger lists, resources for you to learn more about your ancestor’s immigration story, and more.

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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.

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Tracing Anna Jørgensen Frentz: a Case Study of Danish Genealogy

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

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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.

Jump into Genealogy

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.

Our Immigrant Ancestors: Immigration to the United States, 1850s to 1930s

Discover your ancestors’ immigration stories. Focusing on emigration from Europe to the United States between 1850 and 1940, this seminar will explore the major European ports of departure, major American ports of arrival, passenger lists, and ships. Learn where to find helpful resources and digitized records, with additional emphasis on locating and understanding passenger lists. Note: this is a longer session at 3.5 hours

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.