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I can help people get started in genealogical research, where to find information, forms to use, and various resources. I have also worked with Swedish research. I live in central Illinois.

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I am an independent researcher. I helped with research through our local genealogical society.


B.A. Behavioral Science; MTS,Theological Studies; courses in genealogy (paleography, Illinois, Iowa research, Swedish research) through Brigham Young Univrsity.

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Recent Answers from Joel Bjorling

2016-10-15 did I exhaust all the alternatives:

It's never hopeless.  Genealogy is like a detective story and there are many clues.  Some work, others don't.  I guess the search keeps things interesting, even if it seems hopeless. It can be difficult

2015-09-07 Swedish genealogy research:

Your best bet is the Family History Department of the Mormon Church.  It's online at, or you can click on "latter day saints genealogical research."  They have extensive Swedish records

2015-02-28 My G Grandfather's Details:

You need to see how records are held in your country.  In the US, immigration/naturalization records are held in the Circuit Clerk's office in the County Courthouse.  If relatives are still living, you

2015-01-22 Boone In MI:

If your grandfather got married in 1924, there would be a marriage record in the county seat where they marriage occurred.  If there's not a marriage record, they were married elsewhere.  Regarding details

2014-11-19 How to find links in genealogy:

Family information, especially relationships, is found through things as birth, marriage, or death records, even obituaries. You need to find what records are kept and where they are kept in your country


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