Teresa Steinkamp McMillin

416 Lauder Lane
Inverness, Illinois 60067

Business Phone: 847-338-0041
Email: teresamcmillin@comcast.net
URL: www.lindstreet.com

Contact between 9:00 am to 5:00 pm Central Standard


Certified Genealogist - CGsm


2007 recipient of the National Genealogical Society's Home Study Course


German-American ancestry Chicago and Midwest research


Oh Where, Oh Where Are My Ancestors From?
Finding your immigrant ancestorís town of origin is often considered the holy grail of genealogical research. With this piece of information, the family line can be extended across the ocean. Have you spent years searching for this elusive piece of information? This talk suggests many strategies that just might help you break down that brick wall. Highlights include:

  • Basic information you should have for your ancestor
  • More obscure information that might be available
  • Branching out beyond your ancestor, to friends, family and associates
  • Organizing and documenting your research

    So, Youíve Found Your German Town of Origin, Now What?
    Finding your ancestorís town of origin can be exciting, indeed. Once this piece of information is found, you might be left wondering how you go about getting records from the other side of the ocean. This lecture focuses on getting records from German towns. Highlights include:
  • Verifying that you have a town that truly exists and where it is located
  • Strategies for identifying misspelled town names
  • Finding the historical governmental jurisdictions for that town
  • Finding the records for that town
  • Useful aids for reading these records will be discussed
  • Tips on hiring a professional in Germany, should that be necessary

    Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Hanover Military Records
    Military records for Hanover prior to 1866 are available to researchers in the United States through the Family History Library. Hanoverís military records are largely untapped by American researchers because English-language finding aids are non-existent. This lecture will explain what finding aids do exist and tips for using them. Hanoverís history and its impact on military records will be discussed.

    He Took Her Name: Understanding German Farm Names
    In certain geographic areas of Germany, the custom of German farm names has been in existence since about 1000 A.D. In this custom, a farm carried the surname and anyone who inherited that farm assumed its name as his surname. Usually, this was a son of the farmer, but if only a daughter existed, her husband would need to change his surname to hers. This lecture explains some of the common pitfalls a researcher may encounter when researching in one of these areas and how to overcome them.

    Holy Cow! Where Are My Chicago Catholics Now?
    The first Chicago Catholic church opened in 1833 and by 1900 there were about 140 Catholic churches in the city. Finding your Catholic ancestorís sacramental records (baptism, confirmation, marriage and funeral) can be a daunting task without a few key pieces of information. This lecture will explain how to find the data necessary to tap into these valuable resources. Once potential churches are identified, the process of finding the records for that church and timeframe will be explained.

    Reading Between the Lines of the City Directory
    This lecture encourages one to go beyond the obvious use of a city directory Ė locating an ancestor. The directory provides an opportunity to discover our ancestorsí historical context. Pictures, advertisements, maps of the city and many more items are often included. The audience will be encouraged to understand each directoryís unique qualities. Reverse directories will also be discussed. Every directory available for a given ancestor/family should be consulted. Examples will be used to illustrate various points.

    Hunting For Henry: A Case Study Using Collaterals
    Henry Steren was a German immigrant who lived in Quincy, Illinois. Resources available about him only indicate that he was from the Province of Hanover in Germany. This lecture will walk through the process of identifying his town of origin and his parents.

    Truth or Fiction? Unraveling a Family Yarn
    George Teeling was a nineteenth century Irish immigrant in Chicago who was featured in family lore. Researching the tale surrounding him proved that much of the story was false. Research led to many surprising discoveries, perhaps more interesting than the original family tradition. This engaging lecture will discuss the research process; a wide array of sources; and overcoming anglicized names to arrive at the truth of George Teeling and his family.

  • Bio:

    Teresa Steinkamp McMillin is a Certified Genealogistsm who specializes in German-American and Midwest research, as well as reading German script. She has been interested in genealogy since she was a child and has actively researched her German ancestry, as well as her husband's Chicago Irish roots. She presents quality genealogy lectures for local and national organizations. She has attended the Institute of Genealogy and Historical Research and the Salt Lake Institute of Genealogy and has taken college-level German courses. Teresa was the 2007 recipient of the National Genealogical Society's Home Study Course, which she has completed. She is a member of the Association of Professional Genealogists, the National Genealogical Society, as well as many local genealogical societies. She is the co-president for the Northwest Suburban Council of Genealogists.

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