Welcome to Centuries of Progress Genealogy!

Centuries of Progress Genealogy focuses on genealogy research in northwest Illinois, southwest Wisconsin and northeast Iowa.  We conduct courthouse, vital record and land record document searches in the region, particularly for those who cannot easily travel to the area and are looking for that difficult-to-find document.

CPGen supports your own research or provides in-depth investigation into your family tree from start to finish and all stops in between.

We pride ourselves on our thoroughness, efficiency, creativity and excellent service.

tdf-12-23-16Genealogist Terry Feinberg currently serves the Stephenson County (Illinois) Genealogical Society as President and the Illinois State Genealogical Society as Editor of the Illinois State Genealogical Society Quarterly journal.  Terry is a member of ProGen27, the National Genealogical Society, the Illinois State Genealogical Society, the Stephenson County (Illinois) Genealogical Society, and the Association of Professional Genealogists.
My regional focus is on ancestors in the three corners of northwest Illinois, southwest Wisconsin and northeast Iowa.  Of special interest is house histories–definitely a different way to break down walls in genealogical research; genetic genealogy; and issues relating to those who are of Ashkenzai descent.

Of equal interest is the challenge.  Those genealogical obstacles that seem impossible to overcome.  One of the biggest challenges undertaken was that of the third-most haunted residence in Illinois; try to find those ancestors!

CPGen conducts research primarily in the following counties.

Stephenson, Jo Daviess, Winnebago, Carroll, Ogle and Boone counties in Illinois
Lafayette, Green, Rock and Dane counties in Wisconsin
Eastern Dubuque, Jackson and Clinton counties in Iowa.

Though we will travel to counties in the surrounding area, travel costs of more than 30 miles from our office in Freeport, Illinois (indicated by the green circle on the map below) do necessitate an additional fee of $10 per travel hour.

CPGen Area Map



For a full description on the choice of our business name, see blog “Centuries of Progress Genealogy: How’d we get here?” dated 25 December 2016.