Pen Name: None
Genres: Non-Fiction, Other;
Born: Hanover, New Hampshire
DuMelle is an alumna of Rosary College (now Dominican University) in River Forest, Illinois and the Institute of Genealogical and Historical Research in Birmingham, Alabama.
Biographical and Professional Information
Grace DuMelle’s experience on both sides of the reference desk -- as a staffer and as a researcher -- influenced the very practical, hands-on approach of her book, Finding Your Chicago Ancestors: A Beginner’s Guide to Family History Research in the City and Cook County. It has received state, regional and national awards for instructional nonfiction, and is now in its second printing from Lake Claremont Press in Chicago.
She lectures and teaches on aspects of genealogy and house history. Featured in “House Hunter,” Chicago, January 2005; “Nurturing your family tree,” The Chicago Tribune, February 6, 2004; “Owners Eager for History Spur A Boom in ‘House Genealogy,’” The Wall Street Journal, May 17, 2002. Appearances on WGN Radio, WGN TV, WLS TV, WBEZ Radio.
- Finding Your Chicago Ancestors , Lake Claremont Press , 2005
Titles at Your Library
Finding Your Chicago Ancestors: A Beginner's Guide to Family History in the City and Cook County
Release Date: 2005-03-01
- Winner of the Midwest Independent Publisher’s Association (MIPA) Hobby/How To Award (1st Place), 2005, Finding Your Chicago Ancestors
- Winner of the Illinois Woman's Press Association Instructional Nonfiction Award (1st Place), 2005, Finding Your Chicago Ancestors
Speaking Engagements and Upcoming Appearances
Speaking Engagement Availability: (Yes)
Getting Started in Genealogy Program Itching to explore your family history after seeing those celebrity genealogy shows? Get off on the right foot with guidance from award-winning author and researcher Grace DuMelle (Finding Your Chicago Ancestors). Learn how to work backwards, talk with relatives, use the census, and be a detective. Includes handouts. (Adults; 60 min; $175 with permission to sell books)
Making Your Ancestor Quest A Success Program If you’re feeling frustrated in your family history progress, discover the pitfalls to avoid and techniques to try. See what Mr. Spock and Marshal Dillon can teach you. Professional researcher Grace DuMelle, author of Finding Your Chicago Ancestors, shares insights gained through years of helping clients and library patrons. (Adults; 60 min; $175 with permission to sell books)
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