Elizabeth P. White

May 1, 1914January 3, 2011

Elizabeth P. White, FASG, FNGS, CG, January 3, 2011, aged 96 years, 8 months and 3 days, died while comforted by her son and daughter during inabilities caused by a cerebral stroke. Recently, Betty White was the eldest voter voting in the precinct where she had lived for 65 years. June last, Betty White was welcomed with enthusiasm at the library where for thirty years she was co-chairman of genealogy volunteers. In 1930, she was graduated from New Trier High School, the youngest in that class and now likely it’s last surviving member. In 1932, graduate of Monticello College of which she became a member of their Board of Directors and was active among their Chicago Alumni.

Consulting genealogist (certified in 1971), lecturer, published author in journals about Illinois and New England family history and books of documented genealogy. Chairman of the Howland Five Generations Project, John Howland the Mayflower passenger whose family became largest form those who landed at Plymouth in 1620. Author of four volumes published by the Picton Press. Life member of the Illinois Society of the Mayflower, Descendents (William Brewster and Stephen Hopkins) and honorary member of the John Howland Society.

Fellow of the American Genealogical Society (selected in 1976 as their 86th member) of which there are only fifty members at any one time. This society was created in 1940 to foster the teaching of genealogy, eliminate improper and unethical practices and to promote THE profession of genealogy. Fellow of the National Genealogical Society granted by their board of governors (1986) for contributions to genealogy in many different ways.

Literary Award of Merit by the Connecticut Society of Genealogists (1992) prize for John Howland of the Mayflower – Volume 1.

Awarded the first annual Lowell Volkel Medal of Honor by the Illinois State Genealogical Society , 1996. The late Dr. Volkel was for many years head archivist for the State of Illinois and the founding president of the Illinois State Genealogical Society at Springfield.

Honored (2010) by the GENERAL Society of Mayflower DescendAnts OF PLYMOUTH, MASSACHUSETTS at their recent annual dinner.

Predeceased by her husband of 72 years, Betty White is survived by son Ronald and daughter Joan (Donald) Jacobsak, grandchildren Michael (Mary Margaret) Jacobsak, Karen Tierney and Melinda (Michael) Sippel, six great grandchildren and her brother, Whitney (the late Alberta) Pearson. Funeral service was held Friday, Jan. 7, 2011 at Wm. H. Scott Funeral Home, Wilmette, 847-251-8200. Arrangements under the direction of Wm. H. Scott Funeral Home, Wilmette, IL, 847-251-8200.


  • Funeral Service Friday, January 7, 2011

Elizabeth P. White

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Jonathan Barnes

January 16, 2011

Dear Ronald, So sorry to hear of your mother's death. I have the happiest memories of her kindness to your (then)young English cousins.

Barbara DeHoyos-Diaz

January 8, 2011

Ron, my thoughts are with you and your family during this difficult time.

John Notz

January 7, 2011

Ron - You have been an admirable son, for a fine lady. John Notz


January 6, 2011

Dear Ron:

We are deeply saddened by your loss. Your Mother was a great Lady and, alas, Ladies great and small are in short supply these days. She will be sorely missed.

You and your parents will remain in our thoughts and prayers.

Greg & Susanna Doolin (Chicago)

Linda Tomkova

January 5, 2011

Dear Ron, My condolences to you and your family. Thinking of you.

Linda Tomkova

January 5, 2011

Dear Ron, My condolences to you and your family. Thinking of you.

Gene Meier

January 5, 2011

Ron, my condolences to you and your family.