Kinfolks Korner Genealogy Services
Serving Champaign County, Illinois
And Surrounding Areas
Furnishing genealogical services to family researchers and historians for over 20 years.
A service of D-J Enterprises
Professional Genealogist - Kinfolks Korner Genealogy Services

Dennis and Joyce Wicks
We strive to expand people's lives by helping to intensify their links to their ancestors.

Computer Services

  • Social Security Death Index searches
  • PERSI searches
  • Various subscription database searches
  • World Wide Web Searches
  • IGI and Ancestral File searches
  • Computerization of your existing information.
  • Custom Computer Produced Reports

Library and Archive Research Services

  • Newspapers
    • Engagement & Marriage Announcements
    • Obituaries & Funeral Notices
    • Other news and social events
  • Census
  • County histories
  • Biographies
  • City directories
  • Cemetery records
  • Death Records

Field Research:

  • Cemetery searches & photography
  • Location and Photography of residences and property

County Records Research

But please see note below
  • Probate
  • Naturalization
  • Marriage Records
  • Property Records
  • Birth Certificates
  • Death Certificates
  • German Church Records


Before we start to work together I need to know your specific objectives, what information and documents you already have, the sources you have checked, any problems encountered and authorization for the number of hours of research you approve. After I receive your data I will outline a research plan and submit it to you for your approval. When the research is complete, a full report will be mailed to you that includes my findings and source citations.

Reports will be sent to you by U.S. Mail. Comments and questions can be exchanged by e-mail

Please Note:

Under Illinois State Law #410 ILCS 535 - Vital Records Act
only specific individuals are eligible to receive birth, death or marriage certificates less than 75 years old.

We can only obtain certificates that are 75 or more years old.

You may order records newer than 75 years old online or in person. For requirements and instructions on how to obtain them go to: or contact

Mark Shelden
Champaign County Clerk
1776 East Washington
Urbana, IL 61802
(217) 384-3720

Regarding child support records, etc. contact the Champaign County Circuit Clerk's Office.

Joyce C. Wicks
200 W. Second St.
P.O. Box 228
Sadorus, IL 61872-0228
Phone : (217) 598-2271
  FAX : (On request)


Over 20 years of professional experience conducting family history investigation consisting of six years in East Texas, five years in the state of Washington, and over ten years of research here in Champaign County, Illinois and the surrounding areas. I have done in-depth research on more than 100 individuals that lived in Champaign County.

Published The Piney Woods Newsletter, a quarterly publication for people whose roots were in East Texas.


  • BA - Stephen F. Austin State University,
    Applied Arts & Science, Emphasis in History


  • Champaign County Genealogical Society
  • Association of Professional Genealogists
  • National Genealogical Society
  • Smoky Mountain Historical Society
  • Earned acreditation from the Board for Certification of Genealogists
    in Washington, D.C. in 2003 as a Certified Genealogist.

Deposits Required

  • Our experience is that very few research requests can be
    completed in less than 8 hours. Most take longer.
  • Therefore, we require a minimum deposit to cover eight hours and
    authorization to do up to eight more hours of research as needed.
    (See hourly rates below.)
  • Personal checks, certified checks, money orders and PayPal accepted.


  • $20.00/hr for research within Champaign County, Illinois.
  • $25.00/hr for research in surrounding counties: Piatt County,
    Douglas County, Ford County, and Vermilion County.
  • $30.00/hr outside of the above counties.
  • Total charges consist of hourly fees plus expenses (copies, parking, etc.)
    And for trips outside of Champaign County, meals, accomodations
    and mileage at $0.445 per mile.
  • We are happy to give a 10% discount on hourly fees to our fellow Senior Citizens!

Time Required

Total research time needed to complete your project depends upon many factors.

  1. My current research commitments to other clients;
  2. Your research objectives;
  3. Whether or not your ancestors have common names;
  4. How often the names appear in the records;
  5. The detail that you require (single searches or multiple county searches,
    checking indexes only or actual record retrieval).

Large projects such as researching and producing books, multi-generational research involving lengthy reports, etc. require more time. The first part of the project will involve determining research objectives and developing a research plan. This will allow us to give you as accurate an estimate of project duration as possible.

I will work within the number of hours you authorize and will notify you if further time is advisable to reach your research objectives. I will not engage in or charge for additional research without your authorization.

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We look forward to helping YOU meet your research goals!
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