About Me

Caron loves history, biography, puzzles and a good mystery, which makes her perfectly suited to genealogy research!  She has been researching her family history since a 6th grade school project got her interested.  Caron’s only vice is genealogy so she has subscriptions to many resources including Ancestry.com, MyHeritage.com, Genealogybank.com, Fold3.com, and Newspapers.com.  She is also a big fan of free sites, her most used being FamilySearch.org.

Caron belongs to several local and regional genealogy groups as well as being a member of the Genealogical Speakers Guild and a Professional Member of the Association of Professional Genealogists.  She is currently the Recording Secretary and Society Liaison for the Illinois State Genealogical Society; Facilitator for the Chicago Region of the Association of Professional Genealogists (APG) and is leading the Web Site Redesign Committee for the Chicago Genealogical Society.  She previously held Board positions at the Chicago Genealogical Society and CAGGNI (the Computer-Assisted Genealogy Group of Northern Illinois).

When not working at her day job, researching her own family tree or making genealogy presentations, Caron may be researching for others or writing for her blogs!


  1. Hello Caron - I came across your blog when I saw a Newberry Library post on Facebook about upcoming events. I've always been interested in genealogy and I have done a little mapping of my family and met cousins in Ireland (in Tyrone and Derry) - my grandfather Patrick Brennan came from Knockloughlim. Anyhow, I was wondering if you are a Brennan or is that your married name. I googled your name to see if there was a picture of you and saw the post about Marion Elizabeth Brennan 1917 - 2014 - and I was struck by a faint resemblance to one of my aunts. I would like to get back into researching my family history but unfortunately I work Saturdays so the Newberry won't work, but I'll watch for some of your other presentations. As for me, I was born Jan. 1, 1957 and have seven siblings. I live on the northwest side of Chicago in the Dunning neighborhood near Dunham Park - in the house first owned by my maternal grandparents, where my mom grew up. I also lived here as a boy until my parents bought a house in Norwood Park near Harlem & Foster. My father was Edward Anthony Brennan (1933-1981), my mother Dorothy Cecelia Tokarz. My grandpa Patrick came from a family of 11 I think and his father was named Ned. I have a photo of Ned and his wife, Susan Corrigan. I don't know much before that. Hope to meet you someday.

  2. Hi Caron,
    Please post here how you found information about your relative at Moosehaven. I contacted them about a relative who died there in 1930, and they told me their records do not go back that far.
    Thank you!

  3. I have a state issued death certificate that shows Moosehaven as Stephen's last residence. Also have family documents abut Moosehaven. I did not get any information from Moosehaven.