Genealogy Research and Consulting est. 2015

Almost Home




Thank you for visiting

Almost Home. My name is Laura. As a

military spouse, the word “home”encompasses many

different things for me. Home can mean Chicagoland,

the place where I grew up and where the majority of

my family still resides, or it can mean whatever duty

station Uncle Sam assigns us. Over the past ten years,

I have been privileged enough to feel at home in Hawaii,

Georgia, Italy and Utah. Yet, through the amazing world

of genealogy I have discovered other homes as well--my

ancestral homes. I have sat on the stone fence that

surrounded the thatched-roof cottage where my

great-grandfather grew up in Ballinrobe, Ireland. I have

looked out across Ireland’s Clew Bay from the tiny island

of Inishcuttle, the home my great-grandmother left

behind when she immigrated to Chicago; and I have

strolled the streets of Racalmuto, Sicily, imagining my

great-grandmother walking those same streets as a young

woman. In each of these instances, a part of me felt like I

was home.




















I have a Master’s degree in Recreation, Sport and Tourism and a Bachelor’s Degree in History Education.




Most of my research has been in 19th – 20th Century Chicago, Utah, Irish and Italian Records.




Family History Library

Chicago Historical Society

Cook County Court House

Daughters of Utah Pioneers

Air Force Historical Research Agency

National Library of Ireland

Municipio, Campofelice, Sicilia

And MORE. . .




Chicago Genealogical Society

National Genealogical Society

Association of Professional Genealogists



I am working towards earning a Certified Genealogist credential through the Board of Certification for Genealogists. Though I possess a great deal of education in related fields, I consider myself a life-long learner and would LOVE to receive more formal genealogical education in pursuit of this goal. I have my sights set on Boston University's Genealogical Research Program as well as other educational opportunities available in the Salt Lake area. In the mean time, I am listening to multiple genealogy-related podcasts or webinars each week and working my way through the most peer recommended textbooks in the genealogy field. If you have used my DIY genealogy advice service and would like to make a monetary donation to my education fund, you may do so here, with my thanks.   





These experiences and the process involved in discovering my roots have impacted me such that I want to use what I have learned to help others “find their way home” as well. I have 7+ years experience researching my family history, and make weekly visits to the Family History Library here in Salt Lake City. Please take a look at my services page to find out more about how I can help you on your journey.


Thank you again and I wish you all the luck in the world on your journey “home.”



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