St. Mary of Czestochowa Church, Cicero, IL

Volume 1 of baptisms suffers from bad design, and multiple entries per page. Missing portions of names were often inferred or corrected based on the volume index at the start of the volume. The page numbers in many cases are worn off so locating them by image sequence is a good strategy. The paper was probably brittle and the pages got out of order-- another reason to locate them by image sequence. So, some pages require two images to get the complete record. Page 11 is made of the left side of image 33 and the right side of 48.

St. Michael Church, Chicago

This Polish parish identifies itself as St. Michael the Archangel but the LDS has it listed as just St. Michael. The LDS has St. Michael the Archangel listed, but they're not Polish. Records for the Polish parish are on 2 rolls of microfilm and had been cataloged together.

Polish Roman Catholic Churches in the Diocese of Belleville, IL

The map provided plots the locations of Polish Roman Catholic Churches in the Belleville Diocese of Illinois.

Polish Roman Catholic Churches in the Archdiocese of Chicago

The map provided plots the locations of Polish Roman Catholic Churches in the Archdiocese of Chicago. These are the churches identified in Joseph John Parot's book, Polish Catholics in Chicago: 1890-1920.

St. Joseph Church, Chicago

There are other Slavic peoples in this parish (use of v accent mark) at its beginning but then not so many as perhaps they established their own ethnic parishes or moved away. The writing in volume 1 gets very bad about half way through the volume. In volume 2, after page 105 the pages are not numbered but the index continues the page sequence as though they were. The enumeration number is probably more useful once you know to look at the back of the volume for pages beyond 105. These pages are smaller in size and contain only 6 baptisms per page.

Polish Roman Catholic Churches in the Diocese of Toledo, OH

The map provided plots the locations of Polish Roman Catholic Churches in the Diocese of Toledo in Ohio.

St. John of God Church, Chicago

St. John of God Church closed in the early 1990's. Unlike other buildings that remain where they stand, the front of St. John of God was moved and reused. The stained glass windows went to Loyola University. The facade of the building was dismantled and reconstructed for the new St. Raphael the Archangel Church in Old Mill Creek. The new building uses the reconstructed interior of the closed St. Peter Canisius Church in Chicago.

St. Mary Magdalene Church, Rossford, OH

Rossford, OH was founded in 1898 by Edward Ford, who opened a glass company there. Many immigrants came from settlements in Pennsylvania to work in the new plant. Rossford is a suburb of Toledo and some came from there as well.

Rossford, OH Immigrants

It seemed that most Polish immigrants to Rossford, OH (during its early years) came from the villages of Wzdów, Jaćmierz, and Besko which are shown on the map below.

Poor Register Design

by James J. Czuchra

A common design for baptismal registers was to spread records across two pages with the father's name on the left hand page and the mother's name on the right hand page. The problem is that often the father's surname and the mother's given name are unreadable as they are pinched in the crack of the binding where the two pages come together. The same problem sometimes occurs with names in marriage registers.


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