The Kankakee Valley Genealogical Society will have a program on Saturday, October 1 at 1 pm. The program is entitled, Pieces of the Puzzle: a quest for Illinois State Hospital Records and will be presented by Grace Dumelle, Reference Librarian in the Genealogy and Local History section of the Newberry Library.
Grace will discuss Illinois’ restrictions on mental health records and strategies for genealogists’ access. Two of her articles on this topic appear on the Newberry Library Genealogy Blog: Help in Accessing Closed Records of Illinois State Mental Hospitals and Records of State Mental Hospitals at the Illinois State Archives, Part 1. Grace has been a professional researcher for 20 plus years and is an author.
The program will be followed by a short business meeting of the Genealogical Society. For more information, contact the Kankakee Public Library at (815) 939-4564.