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JEANNE LARZALERE BLOOM, CG(sm)
2666 East 73rd Street, Apartment 11-W
Chicago, IL 60649-2732
(773) 221-4545; (773) 768-8034 (fax)
jl-bloom@mindspring.com


Jeanne Larzalere Bloom, CG(sm) is a full-time professional researcher specializing in Chicago and Cook County research, problem solving, and compiling multi-generational family histories. As a case manger for the Repatriation and Family Affairs Division of the Army Casualty and Memorial Affairs Operation she works on identifying family members eligible to provide Family Reference Samples (mtDNA) to aid in the possible identification of unaccounted for soldiers from World War II, the Korean War, and the Vietnam War and on the determination of the Primary Next of Kin of the soldier. Her other clients include heir-search firms, authors, professional genealogists, and family researchers in the United States and internationally.

She has published articles in a number of journals including The New York Genealogical and Biographical Record, and served as the editor of the Chicago Genealogical Society’s newsletter from 2002 to 2007.

She is a member of National Genealogical Society, Association of Professional Genealogists, Genealogical Speakers Guild, International Society of Family History Writers and Editors, and a multi-year alumnus of the Institute of Genealogical and Historical Research at Samford University and the National Institute of Genealogical Research at the National Archives, Washington, DC. She holds a Bachelor of Arts [History] from the University of Illinois at Chicago and a second-year certificate from the University of Chicago's publishing program.

EDUCATION
Bachelor of Arts [History]; University of Illinois at Chicago (August 1987)
Basic Manuscript Editing; The University of Chicago (Autumn Quarter 1998)
Intermediate Manuscript Editing; The University of Chicago (Winter Quarter 1999)
Introduction to Indexing; The University of Chicago (Spring Quarter 2000)

CERTIFICATIONS
Certified Genealogist #419 (September 1999; renewed in 2004 to September 2009)
Confidential Intermediary, State of Illinois (July 2004 to December 2006)

INSTITUTES
Institute of Genealogical and Historical Research with Samford University: Advanced
Methodology (2000); Writing and Publishing for Genealogists (2002)
National Institute of Genealogical Research at the National Archives, DC: (1999)

PUBLICATIONS
“Three Graves Under a Few Small Trees: Michaux, Mersereau, Poillon of Staten Island”, The New York Genealogical and Biographical Record (vol. 136, no. 3, July 2005)
“The Separate Estate of Sarah4 Crocheron, Wife of John4 Depuy and Nicholas4 Larzelere”, co-author with Charlotte Megill Hix; The New York Genealogical and Biographical Record (vol. 133, no. 2, April 2002)
“Adoption Research: The Agony of the Search; the Thrill of Success”, PeopleSearch Media, Genealogical Expert series
“Obtaining Military Records”,Morasha: The Jewish Genealogical Society of Illinois (vol. 22, no. 6, Spring 2007)
“Book Review: Grace Dumelle, Finding Your Chicago Ancestors”, The National Genealogical Society Quarterly (vol. 93, no. 4, December 2005)
“Book Review: Maureen Alice Taylor, Your Family Story in Photographs: Capturing Memories”, The National Genealogical Society Quarterly (vol. 96, no. x, September 2008)
Chicago Genealogical Society Newsletter, editor (2002–2007)

LECTURES
But...It’s Not Where it is Supposed to Be! Unpolished Gems (Cook County, Illinois)
Hiring a Professional Genealogist
Internet Techniques for Locating Lost Relatives
It Takes a Human: Genealogists and Writing
Lost Children: Orphans, Vagrants, Delinquents, Half-Orphans, Dependents, Surrendered, Adopted
An Option in Post-Adoption Illinois, co-presenter with Debra Mieszala, CGSM
Polished Gems: Property Records (Cook County, Illinois)
Pushing Up Daisies: Cemetery Research
Spreadsheets 101: Excel®, The Genealogist’s Underutilized Tool
Until They Are Home: The Korean War, African-Americans, and 20th Century Research
You’re Not in Kansas Anymore: Essential Resources and Strategies for Urban-Area Research

PANELIST
Extension 720 Radio Program (2006)
Silk Road Theatre Company (2008)

INSTRUCTOR
Lorman Education Services (2009 teleconference; registered attendees earned Continuing Education Units)

MEMBERSHIPS
Board for Certification of Genealogists (BCG)
Association of Professional Genealogists (APG)
National Genealogical Society (NGS)
International Society of Family History Writers and Editors (ISFHWE)
Genealogical Speakers Guild (GSG)
Presbyterian Historical Society
Illinois State Genealogical Society
Kansas State Historical Society
Chicago Genealogical Society
Chicago Historical Museum
Jewish Genealogical Society of Illinois

MAJOR CONFERENCES
National Genealogical Society: Kansas City, MO (2008 Lecturer); Chicago, IL (2006 Lecturer); Nashville, TN (2005); Pittsburgh, PA (2003); Milwaukee, WI (2002); Denver, CO (1998)
Federation of Genealogical Societies: Little Rock (2009), Philadelphia (2008); Fort Wayne, IN (2007); Boston, MA (2006); Austin, TX (2004); Davenport, IA (2001); St. Louis, MO (1999); Cincinnati, OH (1998); GenTech: Fort Wayne, IN (1998)
International Conference on Jewish Genealogy (2008 Lecturer)

WORK EXPERIENCE
Certified Genealogist (1999–present) A full-time professional researcher specializing in Illinois (particularly Cook County), problem solving, and compiling multi-generational family histories. Clients include heir-search firms, authors, professional genealogists, and family researchers in the United States and internationally.
American History Company: Department of the Army’s Repatriation contract, (2004–present) As a case manager for the American History Company, she works for the Repatriation and Family Affairs Division of the Army Casualty and Memorial Affairs Operation on identifying family members that can provide Family Reference Samples (mtDNA) to aid in the possible identification of unaccounted for soldiers from World War II, the Korean War, and the Vietnam War and to determine the Primary Next of Kin of the soldier.
Ralph G. Moore & Associates: Senior Consultant (1996–present)

AWARDS
Broderbund Certification Scholarship (1999)


CG, Certified Genealogist is a service mark of the Board for Certification of Genealogists, used under license by board-certified associates after periodic competency evaluations.  The board name is registered USP&TO.