My Background


After leaving my criminal investigations career in 2005, I had started a career in a field that I have always loved; historical research, writing and teaching. I am a past Chicago Area Representative of the Association for Professional Genealogists. http://www.apgen.orgI have over 25 years of experience in historical and genealogical research and have conducted research for other authors, television programs, (Syfy Channel, PBS Ancestors Series, Ark Media) attorneys, government agencies and family historians. I was also listed as a genealogy expert on during their “Expert Connect Program” and have experience researching at virtually every major research repository in the Chicago Area.  I currently run historic walking tours in Elmhurst, IL and am a member of the Jackson Park Advisory Council in Chicago.

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Genealogical Teaching and Lecturing

I currently teach beginning genealogy classes for the Lyons Township High School Program for Adult Education.  The class is called "Investigating Your Family History". The class covers, Getting Started, U.S. Census Records, Newspaper Research, Cemetery Research, Church Records, State, County and Local government records, Immigration and Naturalization records, and Documenting and Organizing your Research.

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Classes and Lectures



Historical Articles and Publications


History Blog with ChicagoNow!

I currently write a blog for ChicagoNow which is owned by Chicago Tribune Media.  The blog is called Chicago's Strange and Haunted History and deals with the little known aspects of Chicago History and some little known facts about famous Chicago History.

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Chicago Now

Books on Chicago History and Legend

I have written two books to date dealing with Chicago history both published by Schiffer Publishing out of Atglen Pennsylvania.

  • Chicago's Haunt Detective, 2011
  • Chicago History - The Stranger Side,  Release Date February 28, 2014

You can learn more about both and how to order autographed copies by clicking below



Genealogy Repository Experience

I have ready access to many of the best history and genealogy related research repositories such as: The Great Lakes Region of the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA), The Chicago History Museum and Library of the Chicago Historical Society, The Newberry Library, The Harold Washington Center of the Chicago Public Libraries, The Pritzker Military Library, The Irish Heritage Center, various Family History Centers of the LDS, Cook, DuPage, Lake and Will County governmental and archival offices, various regional depositories of the Illinois State Archives Regional Archives Depositories (IRAD), and various University Libraries including; The University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC), University of Chicago, Northwestern University, Depaul University and NorthEastern Illinois University.


Areas of Special Genealogical and Historic Interest

  • Chicago history and genealogy
  • Irish, Swedish, Italian and Polish genealogy
  • Cemetery and Funeral Home Research
  • Technology for Genealogy and History
  • Business records used for genealogy
  • Military
  • U.S. Federal Records
  • Irish and Italian Dual Citizenship
  • Applications to lineage societies such as Sons of the American Revolution (SAR) and Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR)
  • The 1893 World's Columbian Exposition in Chicago





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