Birth Index -- Limited Public Access

Sample of a baptismal transcript. It is not the original record which was entered into a baptismal volume.

by James J. Czuchra

The Birth Index is based on the filmed records of various parishes. These parishes are enumerated below. Be mindful of the in dates of inclusion because you will not find entries for births in this index outside of the given date range.

Parish Location Dates of Inclusion
St. Mary of Celle Berwyn, Cook Co., IL Jul 1909-Dec 1915
St. Isidore Blue Island, Cook Co., IL Dec 1910-Oct 1915
Nativity BVM Borzęcin, Małopolskie, POLAND Jan 1846-Dec 1880
St. Andrew Apos. Calumet City, Cook Co, IL Feb 1892-Dec 1915
St. Adalbert Chicago, IL Dec 1874-Dec 1915
St. Ann Chicago, IL Sep 1903-Dec 1915
Assumption BVM Chicago, IL Nov 1903-Dec 1915
St. Barbara Chicago, IL Nov 1910-Dec 1915
St. Casimir Chicago, IL Oct 1890-Dec 1925
Five Holy Martyrs Chicago, IL Mar 1909-Dec 1915
St. Florian Chicago, IL May 1900-Dec 1915
St. Francis of Assisi Chicago, IL Sep 1909-Dec 1915
Good Shepherd Chicago, IL Aug 1907-Dec 1915
St. Hedwig Chicago, IL Nov 1888-Dec 1915
St. Helen Chicago, IL Oct 1913-Dec 1915
Holy Innocents Chicago, IL Oct 1905-Dec 1915
Holy Trinity Chicago, IL Jun 1876-Dec 1915
St. Hyacinth Chicago, IL Dec 1894-Dec 1915
Immaculate Conception Chicago, IL May 1882-Dec 1915
Immaculate Heart of Mary Chicago, IL Jul 1912-Dec 1915
St. James Chicago, IL Jun 1914-Dec 1915
St. John Cantius Chicago, IL Dec 1893-Dec 1915
St. John of God Chicago, IL Jul 1907-May 1923
St. Josaphat Chicago, IL May 1884-Dec 1915
St. Joseph Chicago, IL Apr 1887-Dec 1915
St. Ladislaus Chicago, IL Jul 1914-Dec 1915
St. Mary/Angels Chicago, IL Dec 1899-Dec 1915
St. Mary Magdalene Chicago, IL Jul 1910-Dec 1915
St. Mary/Perp. Help Chicago, IL Aug 1884-Dec 1915
St. Michael Chicago, IL Feb 1892-Dec 1915
Ss. Peter & Paul Chicago, IL Dec 1895-Dec 1915
Sacred Heart Chicago, IL Jul 1910-Dec 1915
St. Salomea Chicago, IL Nov 1897-Dec 1915
St. Stanislaus B&M Chicago, IL Jul 1893-Dec 1915
St. Stanislaus Kostka Chicago, IL Oct 1869-Oct 1907
Transfiguration Chicago, IL Sep 1911-Dec 1915
St. Wenceslaus Chicago, IL Aug 1912-Apr 1918
St. Joseph Chicago Heights, IL Sep 1905-Dec 1915
St. Mary of Czestochowa Cicero, IL May 1895-Dec 1915
St. Valentine Cicero, IL Mar 1912-Dec 1915
St. Charles Borromeo Dubois, Washington Co., IL 1869-Dec 1907
St. Adalbert East St. Louis, St. Clair Co., IL Feb 1907-Jan 1907
Ascension of Our Lord Evanston, Cook Co., IL Oct 1911-Dec 1925
St. John Baptist Harvey, Cook Co., IL Jul 1914-Dec 1915
Ss. Peter & Paul Jastrząbka Stara, Podkarpackie, POLAND 1785-1934
Ss. Cyril & Methodius Lemont, Cook Co., IL Jan 1889-Dec 1915
St. Lawrence Mąkowarsko, Kujawsko-Pomorskie, POLAND 1767-1862
Holy Rosary North Chicago, Lake Co., IL Jun 1904-Dec 1915
St. Stanislaus B&M Posen, Cook Co., IL Nov 1901-Nov 1915
St. Mary/Perp. Help Posen, Washington Co., IL Jan 1901-Nov 1906
St. Michael Radom, Washington Co., IL Sep 1874-Dec 1906
St. Mary Magdalene Rossford, Wood Co., OH Oct 1903-Oct 1914
St. Barbara Scheller, Jefferson Co., IL Feb 1898-Sep 1906
St. Stanislaus Kostka St. Louis, MO 1880-Jan 1923
St. Joseph Summit, Cook Co., IL Jul 1909-Dec 1915
St. Adalbert Toledo, Lucas Co., OH Mar 1908-Nov 1932
St. Anthony Toledo, Lucas Co., OH Nov 1882-Feb 1916
St. Hedwig Toledo, Lucas Co., OH Oct 1875-Dec 1930
St. Stanislaus Toledo, Lucas Co., OH Jan 1909-Sep 1923
Corpus Christi Tuchola, Kujawsko-Pomorskie, POLAND 1847-1881

Most of the index is prepared from microfilm copies of parish registers and the index will tell you which film (and usually the item number and page) the record is found on. Many of the record images are available on and the location of the image is given in the index. Subscribers to this website can view a record online at (if they have it online) in a couple of steps-- no need to go to the FHL and deal with microfilm! In addition, subscribers get more sophisticated search capabilities. For example, they can search by father's or mother's name to find all indexed children of a particular family. There is also a capability to search for similar sounding and similar looking names.

Polish place names may be indexed by search engines (eg. Google) by their correct Polish spelling or by their 'English' spelling without the diacritical marks. So a search for Makowarsko might not turn up pages for Mąkowarsko, and vice versa. Jastrząbka Stara might be indexed as Jastrzabka Stara, etc. In short, it may be advisable to search by both spellings.

Birth Index

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