What is this in my mailbox?! TWO items for me … one from the Cook County Vital Records Office and the other from Feelen, Luxembourg.
What’s inside this envelope?
It seems to be …
… my great-great-grandfather’s birth certificate — at least I’m pretty sure it is. My German ain’t too bad; I can easily read my great-great-grandma’s birth certificate from Enscherenge. However, the writing on this document is difficult to read.
How did this end up in my mailbox?
Yes, right … SARAH CALLED LUXEMBOURG AGAIN (inserting shameless plug for her blog right HERE).
Now on to the second envelope from David Orr’s office.
This must be a letter informing me none of my records could be found.
OK, let’s get this over with. I open the envelope, look inside and find …
A certified copy of my great-great-grandma’s death certificate?! I thought I screwed up and ordered a genealogical copy, which the Ministry of Justice in Luxembourg won’t accept?
A 115-year-old marriage certificate for my great-great-grandpa and great-great-grandma?! It looks like this document is issued only for genealogical purposes, but I can purchase a certified copy later.
I submitted the request last week on Wednesday. I received the documents yesterday, exactly a week later.
Impressive, Cook County. Very impressive.
This is very good news. Each week, I will send out a records request for one relative. I have six more people with documents in Cook County, and then my mom’s birth certificate and parents’ marriage certificate in Winnebago.
Could I get all the birth, marriage and death certificates I need by the end of September?
It’s time to get to work.