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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

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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 November 2009

Rosalie Wandzel-found through death permits


I found a website that did Chicago lookups for small fees. http://www.genlighten.com/profiles/chicagogenealogy Cynthia (chicagogenealogy) looked up several records for me through the web service Genlighten. I liked that I could use paypal, and post messages. Cynthia was very helpful & very quick. I will continue to request records from her. She had a great resource I hadn't heard about, the Chicago death permits. A great grandmother of mine, Rosalie Wandzel died in the flu epidemic in Oct 1918. She was Catholic & we heard she was buried in a Catholic cemetery. For years our family looked for her death certificate or which Catholic cemetery she was in. I asked Cynthia to look Rosalie up in the burial permits. She found a name very similar & had the right month & year. So then I asked Cynthia to look up the death certificate to see if it was our Rosalie. It was the right one!! For years we were told death certificates weren't issued during the epidemic, people were told to stay home to not spread the disease. But I heard recently that was true, but delayed death certificates were filed. And if all else fails, now I know, you had to file a burial permit in 1918. A really nice resource. So attached is the record we found. It really isn't too far off from Sanetra. But just enough off that all the various record requests over the years did not think this record was ours. But we know it is, because her husband was Adam Sanetra. I called the Bohemian Cemetery to confirm Rosalie was buried there and she was. They said she was buried in a renters grave. The Bohemian Cemetery had this large area, where people were buried several layers deep. And you had several years to pay for a plot to move the body somewhere else. If you did not pay, then someone else was buried over the relative. Rosalie's son Paul searched for years for her grave and wanted to make sure she had a tombstone. By the deadline to pay, Adam was already back in Poland, denied citizenship, and passed away in Poland. So if you can't find a relative during the flu epidemic, try the burial permits, done alphabetically, and also check the Bohemian National Cemetery in Chicago (many ethnicities and various religions buried here) to see if they're buried in the renters graves. Attached is Rosalie's record. I named my oldest child after this Rosalie.  This is the link to the Bohemian Cemetery Rosalie is buried at:
http://bohemiannationalcemeterychicago.org/information.html

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