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Welcome!

Welcome to my Polish blog! My Polish great grandpa was orphaned during the Chicago flu epidemic of 1918 & spent his life looking for all of his siblings. Some family stayed in Chicago & some returned to Poland. Some family was Catholic, & some are believed to be Jewish. I post the things I learn in efforts it may help someone else in their research. I also hope this blog helps me connect with others that know about the people I'm learning about. Digital images of records or links are put inside most postings so you can view records full screen. I encourage comments. Feel free to sign the guestbook, stating who you're looking for. Maybe we can all help each other out this way, because there are many challenges with Polish research. I hope you enjoy learning with me. And I hope to be taught more about my Polish heritage.
I have added a few languages to this blog through Google translate. I hope that it may be accurate enough with the communication of ideas.
Thanks! -Julie

Witam! (Polish translation of Welcome)

Witam w moim polskim blogu! Mój pradziadek został osierocony w czasie epidemii grypy w 1918 roku i spędził wiele lat poszukując swojego rodzeństwa. Część rodziny pozostała w Chicago a część wróciła do Polski. Część rodziny była katolikami a część, jak przypuszczam, wyznania mojżeszowego. Piszę w moim blogu o rzeczach które odkrywam i o których dowiaduję się mając nadzieję, że pomogą one wszystkim zainteresowanym w ich własnych poszukiwaniach. Wierzę, że ten blog pomoże mi w skontaktowaniu się z ludźmi którzy wiedzą coś na temat osób ktorych poszukuję. Zdjęcia cyfrowe lub linki umieszczone są w większości moich komentarzy i artykułów, można więc otworzyć je na cały ekran. Gorąco zachęcam do komentarzy. Proszę wpisać się do księgi gości i podać kogo Państwo szukacie. Może będziemy mogli pomóc sobie nawzajem, ponieważ nie jest łatwo znaleźć dane których szukamy. Mam nadzieję, że zainteresuje Państwa odkrywanie ze mną tajemnic przeszłości. Mam rówież nadzieję poznać lepiej moje polskie dziedzictwo.

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Dziękuję! - Julie

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06 September 2009

Two Chicago research links-free searches

I have been searching and finding very helpful info on two Internet resource pages. I wanted to write about them case it might help others in their searches. There is the IL state archives page. It is still a work in progress, not complete. So keep checking back. The link I provided is to the database page featuring the links to close to 60 databases through the state archives website, including many court and military info. Here are a few specific databases I found helpful searching for my Polish relatives:
1) Illinois Statewide Marriage Index, 1763–1900
2) Illinois Statewide Death Index, Pre–1916
3) Illinois Statewide Death Index (1916–1950)
You can search any of these databases by just surname. You can search by the whole state or just Cook County for Chicago. You can do a global search with just the surname and it will tell you what databases that surname is in. If you have a more common surname, you can enter a first name too. I did searches 6 months ago on this site and did not see any Sanetras. Now I have found several Sanetras in these databases. I found that it was easier for the Slavic names to just search by surname, because you don't know if the first name on the record went by Micheal or Mikel, etc. It's also good to see who else has the surname. And it's already hard enough to guess how the surname was spelled, so to have to guess at the spelling of a first name and a last name can be daunting!
http://www.cyberdriveillinois.com/departments/archives/databases.html

The other helpful site I found is the Cook County clerk page regarding naturalization/citizenship.
http://www.cookcountyclerkofcourt.org/NR/about.aspx
You can do free searches and see the index listing. Then if you wish, you can purchase the records on-line. Records are down loadable immediately in a zipped file. (vital records) I never knew Adam Sanetra became a citizen until I saw this database last month. He left and went back to Poland within a few years of becoming a citizen. I did have to send in a request by mail for that record though. I highly recommend reading the info on this site. One piece of info I found helpful on this page was that pre-Sept 1922, women didn't usually file for citizenship. Unless widowed or unmarried (spinster). The man, who was head of household filed, and then his wife and children became citizens through his citizenship. To see more about that and other helpful citizenship & naturalization info, check out the Cook County link. I should be getting Adam Sanetra's citizenship records any day now and am really looking forward to that! I hope you may find something helpful about one of your ancestors on on either of these links.

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