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Chamberlain/land (all surname spellings) Research Advice
Posted by: James B. Parker (ID *****4227) Date: January 20, 2008 at 08:51:57
In Reply to: Re: Need help w/ Angelique (AKA dit Chamberlain/Chanverlange) Lavassier by dean paddock of 56

It's good to hear from you again, Dean. Per my detailed 30 Dec 2007 GenForum Chamberland response here, and per my detailed Email response to you dated 31 Dec 2007, I have advised intensive research in early Peoria Co., IL, records, and in Lafayette Co., WI, where these families were known to have resided for some periods of time. Begin by going back over all the data/resources you already have available to you online and in your own records there, to make sure you have not missed anything of interest, and then prepare a cogent, condensed, accurate summary of it all (a research paper with documentation, if you will) that you can easily share with other researchers, including a preliminary lineage, such as the one I've created for your family on my own here. If you wish to see what good, useful, even scholarly Chamberlain family research papers looks like, please read some of the articles in recent issues of the Chamberlain Key (available online within the WCGS homepage). These articles, including some I wrote, can also provide good ideas for expanding your research, I know. Contact local libraries, historical and genealogical societies (local experts), governmental offices, as well as State and local archives and libraries, by phone, Email and by regular U. S. mail, and in person. Visit your own State Library (as I do here in Michigan), or those in the largest cities where you live, and ask for assistance at the Genealogy desk. A good starting point, online, (in addition to, GenForum, the LDS site, etc.) is through the huge U. S. GenWeb site (one also for Canada), which lists contact persons and other expert resources, by State and by County, as well as where you can usually access numerous genealogical documents in this same county site. I use GenWeb all the time, almost daily, as one of my primary and best Chamberlain resource sites online. If this were my own family, I'd exhaust such available resources online, creating a hard-copy paper dossier/file of everything located, then arrange to visit each county personally, for 2-3 days of intensive research, both during working office hours and perhaps on weekends too. That's what I've always done in the past for my own family, which generally takes years, in various geographical locations, to accomplish. You are seeking all kinds of possible records - vital, newspaper/obituary, cemetery, church, probate, land, legal, military, historical and biographical, or any other available data. In each case, when you spot records for other Chamberlains living there, copy them too, or make a detailed record, because you never know (you might find out later) when one of them might pertain to your own family, and, in any case, this will help you narrow down your search, through what I call a thorough process of elimination, proving who IS'NT related to your family at all. You can also, eventually, determine exactly what records are available at the mammoth LDS Family History Library in Salt Lake City, which you can easily contact online, and through your local Mormon "stake" or library. You may have to visit their several libraries in Salt Lake City, as I've done for my own family research, for about a week. They will, no doubt, have some records for these families you are researching, and they can provide you with free, expert advice, I do know that, and show you how to order records (via microfilm or other way), from the FHL in SLC. Independently of all of this traditional research, DNA testing might be considered, later on (we can discuss the Chamberlain DNA research project right now, if you like, via Email). You can join a local genealogical society where you reside, and obtain excellent advice and help from them, too, as well as training. Finally, you may need to hire a professional genealogist(s) to assist you, as I've done for my own family in past years, e. g. in France, England, Canada, in Salt Lake City, or in the two counties in IL & WI of particular interest to you. Again, please contact me via Email, if you wish to discuss this information and advice in greater detail, or when you can provide any additional identifying information for my own review and use, in the searching and lineage-building I do here for all Chamberlains. I've placed this advice online now, for others to read, in hopes that it will be of benefit to them. Good luck and Bon Voyage (in your case)!

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