Jeanne Larzalere Bloom

2666 East 73rd Street
Apartment 11-W
Chicago, Illinois 60649-2732

Phone: 773-221-4545

Fax: 773-768-8034





But...It’s Not Where it is Supposed to Be! Unpolished Gems
A cache of unpolished genealogical gems discovered in an unexpected place and the need to become familiar with indexes.

The Family Tapestry: Integrating Proof Arguments Into the Genealogical Narrative
As family researchers we often encounter problems. There can be conflicting information about identity, dates, and places. We encounter situations where no one document plainly states a parent-child relationship. We need to use multiple documents that, after careful consideration, lead us to a conclusion. We must assemble the evidence into proof arguments. Using case studies, this presentation demonstrates how to successfully weave proof arguments into family tapestries.

It Takes a Human: Genealogists and Writing
Genealogists cannot uncritically rely on software to produce clear, accurate, and coherent reports. To meet the standards one must write, edit, and proofread.

Lost Children: Orphans, Vagrants, Delinquents, Half-Orphans, Dependents, Surrendered, Adopted
As the views of society toward children evolved, the types of records and where these records might be located changed.

National Homes for Disabled Volunteer Soldiers 1866–1938
An underused genealogical resource, the registers of the integrated National Homes, forerunner of the Veterans Administration, include veterans ineligible for federal pensions.

Polished Gems: Property Records Cook County, Illinois
To mine property records in the Cook County Recorders Office, one must begin with an address. This is a case study beginning with an address and ending with a copy of the recorded instrument.

Pushing Up Daisies: Cemetery Research
Finding information about burials through online resources, books, property records, lot ownership cards, and onsite visits.

Spreadsheets 101: Excel®, The Genealogist’s Underutilized Tool
Learn how to use Excel® spreadsheets for: tracking research or resources, abstracting, and analysis.

Those Amazing School Yearbooks!
A 20th century school yearbook can provide amazing insight into the personality of an ancestor and often contain unexpected genealogical data.

Until They Are Home: The Korean War, African-Americans, and 20th Century Research
The repatriation of remains of American servicemen that were not identified or recovered from the Korean War is one mission of the Department of the Army. Twentieth century and African-American research is challenging but not impossible.

You’re Not in Kansas Any More: Essential Resources for Research in Urban Areas
In a city, for successful genealogical research one needs to understand migration patterns, community areas, and certain records.


Jeanne Larzalere Bloom, CGSMis a full-time professional researcher specializing in Chicago and Cook County research, problem solving, and multi-generational family histories. She conducts research projects for government agencies, attorneys, authors, newspapers, heir-search firms, professional genealogists, family researchers. Her clients are international and include Australia, Canada, Czech Republic, England, France, Ireland, Israel, Norway, South Korea, Spain, Sweden, and Switzerland. On behalf of the Department of the Army and the Department of the Air Force, Jeanne searches and identifies family members of unaccounted for servicemen from World War II, the Korean War, and the Vietnam War.

Jeanne writes articles for scholarly journals and society publications and is a frequent lecturer at conferences, workshops, and institutes. She served as the editor of Chicago Cemetery Records 1847–1863; Sexton’s Reports and Certificates, Treasurer Receipts, Deeds, and Undertakers’ Reports.

Jeanne researched the ancestry of actor-comedian Jason Sudeikis, for the television series, Who Do You Think You Are?, and appeared in that episode that first aired in May 2012. In April 2012 she was interviewed by National Public Radio about the release of the 1940 U.S. census.

She is a trustee and the treasurer of the Board for Certification of Genealogists, a member of National Genealogical Society, Association of Professional Genealogists, Genealogical Speakers Guild, International Society of Family History Writers and Editors, and a multi-year alumnus of the Institute of Genealogical and Historical Research at Samford University and the National Institute of Genealogical Research at the National Archives, Washington, DC. She holds a Bachelor of Arts [History] from the University of Illinois at Chicago and a second-year certificate from the University of Chicago's publishing program.

CG, Certified Genealogist is a service mark of the Board for Certification of Genealogists, used under license by board-certified associates after periodic competency evaluations. The board name is registered USP&TO.

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