30 September 2009
02 October 2008
Cook County Illinois Declarations of Intent
Please read about the collection before searching. Not quite the time period I need, but we all can't be lucky.
24 July 2008
The "blank" Chicago city directory on Footnote.com
Is anyone familiar enough with the Chicago city directories to know what years are in this "blank" set?
23 July 2008
A Little More Framework in the Chicago City Directories
I've been doing a little more work on the family of Thomas and Elizabeth Frame in the Chicago City directories on Footnote.com.
Chicago City Directories on Footnote.com
All the current online city directories at Footnote.com can be searched here.
Or you can browse by year from 1843-1909. Personally this is the approach I am using as the last name I am looking for is "Frame." I get too much "stuff" that I do not want searching for just this word alone.
This is the screen that is shown in the image. If you choose the desired year, a search box should show up on the bottom of the page where you can search that specific directory. The nice thing about browsing by year is that it allows you to either search just the specific year you have browsed to, or you can view image by image. The screen shown in this posting would allow the user to search all Chicago city directories at once.
The second screen image shows I have clicked on the 1866 directory and after some navigating on the page section (notice I am at set 289 - 300 of 1612). I want page 415, which starts at T. M. Fox [the names might not be overly clear as I shrunk the image just a little bit to fit on this post--it is BIGGER when you actually search them yourself].
Turns out, good old Thomas Frame was not in Chicago in 1866.
However, skipping to 1880 (only to find him for an illustration)---I know I need to go year by year. I did find two Thomas Frames. The image from the directory is shown in this post.
This is really fun. And for those who want to go "page by page," like I do, don't complain about how long it takes. It takes a while to roll through the microfilm too. The only thing is that this works best on a high speed connection.
Feel free to post searching suggestions for the city directories here. You can see what other city directories Footnote.com has as well besides Chicago.
You can get a free trial with footnote.com if you do not already have a subscription.
07 July 2008
Cook County Vital Records Online
I've been reading other blog entries on this index at the Cook County Illinois County Clerk's Office. So far I have not seen comments about what is in the database.
There is nowhere on the site that I could find where one could see what years were in the database. My search for the last name of Jones in the years 1910 to 1915 resulted in only the handful of hits shown here. This seems a little on the low side to me.
A search of Smith birth from 1915 to 1920 yielded over 1000 entries. A search of Smith from 1910 to 1915 yielded less than 20.
I'm appreciative of having the index online for free, but am frustrated with being unable to find out just what is in the index. Comments to this are welcome.
04 July 2008
Cook County, Illinois, Vital Records
This is a great help to researchers. The website indicates that the database is "being updated" and to check back. It would be nice to know what time spans or years are currently covered in the index. Not knowing precisely what years are being searched is frustrating. It is very helpful to have the index at my fingertips.
Soundex options for searching are available. There is soundex "box" to check as there are on many sites. Instead the researcher should put the soundex code in the search box in place of the last name. To get the soundex code for a surname, visit the Rootsweb site.
Search the index, but before you pay the $15 per certificate fee, visit these two sites for their rates:
Their fees were less than $15 at the time of this writing.
17 August 2007
Chicago Ancestors dot org
The screen picture shows just part of my results for 339 Kensington Avenue, where my wife's great-grandmother was living when she was divorced in 1921. The church where her father married his second wife is shown (Elim Lutheran) as well as the church where she had her children baptized and where she married her second husband (Holy Rosary). The website even indicates if the Family History Library has microfilmed the church's records and the film numbers for those films. Wow.
Part of the screen I obtained when clicking on Holy Rosary is shown in this image.