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.

Strange Photos in the Galleries

If you look at the thumbnail pictures in the galleries, you may notice people with their heads cut off or equally strange things. Consider it an invitation to click on the thumbnail image to open up a larger image-- heads and all. The thumbnail images are generated automatically with some cropping if necessary to get the right size. The software doesn't know it's not nice to cut off someone's head.

Searching Databases Efficiently

Getting the Most Out of Databases

by James J. Czuchra

Have you used online databases in you family history research and thought you should have found what you are looking for in one but didn’t? This article, originally published in the PGSA's Rodziny and modified for online publication, addresses some strategies you might try for greater success. Your success depends on a lot of factors.

Was the information initially recorded accurately? Most records were not filled out by the party the record pertains to.

Dziennik Chicagoski 1890-1971 Death Notice Index Search

This online index is a compilation of death notices appearing in the Dziennik Chicagoski, Chicago's Polish daily newspaper, for the years 1890-1971. The 1930-1971 portion of the index was compiled by James J. Czuchra.


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