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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.

Dodałam do mojego blogu automatyczne tłumaczenia poprzez Google. Ufam, że będą wystarczające w zrozumieniu o czym jest mowa w artykułach i komentarzach.

Dziękuję! - Julie

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20 November 2009

Missing 1920 Chicago Census records

I discovered something I thought was a pretty big deal, so wanted to share in case it might help you too. I was viewing the Census maps to look for someone by their address. I found that the address I was looking for was Ward 14, and the district my address was in, comparing the census map to a Google map was district 834. So then I went to Ancestry.com, and tried to look it up manually, selecting the state, county, then ward...And I couldn't find my district! The number just wasn't there to click on. I thought that was really odd. So I went back to the Census map page to double check, and saw there was an asterisk next to the number 834 district. I read the note by the asterisk and it said in Ward 14, enumeration districts 819-839 were missing. They are not included in the NARA film descriptions or on Ancestry.com. These records were later discovered and an addendum microfilm was made. They are included on NARA roll T 625-323 (part 11).

I did some searching, to see if it was possible to find these records without special ordering the microfilm. A friend of mine has Heritage Quest. She checked for me, and the Census images were in the Heritage Quest database. Also, on the pilot familysearch page, the 1920 Census is partially up. If you haven't checked the site, I highly recommend it. Many Chicago records are there, with amazing search engine power, and you can download the images. All totally free. New records are posted daily. (Including 1920 Census images.) Here is the link to the free familysearch pilot page:
http://pilot.familysearch.org/recordsearch/start.html#p=0

I would also like to point out the site that I learned about where these Census images are. I posted about this site before, and I am truly grateful for the people who created this site. It has been an immensely helpful resource for helping me find my Chicago Polish families. This specific link takes you to ward #14 so you can see the microfilm footnote:
http://www.alookatcook.com/1920/1920Cwd14mapLtif.gif

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