Refined Marriage Index

Recently, subscribers have been able to access what is being called a refined database of marriages. The original marriage index was prepared to show only the names of the brides and grooms. Now, some of the parishes have parent names included as well. If that wasn't enough, the index may include the place the person was from-- a valuable resource for those trying to make the connection between the US and Poland. If images are available online, the LDS image number may also be given to speed up your lookup. While the other version of the index was very good, this one is even better (fewer errors Read why).

This index includes marriage records from

Magdalena Turalski & Antoni Kolaski,

married in St. Stanislaus Kostka Church, Chicago

20 January 1891

This index includes marriage records from
Location Parish Inclusion Dates
Borzęcin, Małopolskie, POLAND Nativity BVM 1784-1901
Chicago, IL St. Barbara Nov 1910-1915
Chicago, IL St. Casimir 1891-1925
Chicago, IL Five Holy Martyrs 1909-1915
Chicago, IL St. Florian Oct 1900-1915
Chicago, IL St. Francis of Assisi 1910-1915
Chicago, IL Good Shepherd 1908-1915
Chicago, IL St. Helen 1913-1915
Chicago, IL Holy Innocents 1905-1915
Chicago, IL Holy Trinity 1893-1915
Chicago, IL Immaculate Heart of Mary 1912-1915
Chicago, IL St. James 1914-1915
Chicago, IL St. John Cantius 1893-1915
Chicago, IL St. John of God 1907-1925
Chicago, IL St. Josaphat 1884-1915
Chicago, IL St. Ladislaus 1915
Chicago, IL St. Mary of the Angels 1900-1915
Chicago, IL St. Salomea 1900-1915
Chicago, IL St. Stanislaus B & M 1893-1915
Chicago, IL St. Stanislaus Kostka 1869-1915
Chicago, IL Transfiguration 1911-1915
Chicago, IL St. Wenceslaus 1912-1915
Dubois, Washington Co., IL St. Charles Borromeo 1877-1931
East St. Louis, St. Clair Co., IL St. Adalbert 1904-1932
Evanston, IL Ascension 1911-1925
Jastrząbka Stara, Podkarpackie, POLAND Ss. Peter & Paul 1785-1915
Nagoszyn, Podkarpackie, POLAND St. Barbara 1789-1863
Posen, Washington Co., IL Our Lady/Perp. Help 1901-1931
Radom, Washington Co., IL St. Michael 1875-1931
Rossford, Wood Co., OH St. Mary Magdalene 1903-1917
Scheller, Jefferson Co., IL St. Barbara 1899-1931
Toledo, Lucas Co., OH St. Anthony 1882-1908
Toledo, Lucas Co., OH St. Hedwig 1875-1930
Toledo, Lucas Co., OH St. Stanislaus 1908-1917

The biggest parishes in this new database are St. John Cantius, Holy Trinity, and St. Stanislaus Kostka in Chicago. This information is available only to current subscribers.

See a sample page of results from this database.

Fewer Errors
by James J. Czuchra

Some of the data is being read for a second time after many years. The verification is better because reading biases of the past are different than this time around. Put another way, greater experience helps make for a more accurate index. With respect to St. Stanislaus Kostka Church in Chicago, the original data collection methodology was slightly flawed. St. Stanislaus was at one time the largest Polish parish outside of Poland. With limited time and resources, a shortcut was found to speed things along. Each St. Stanislaus marriage register has a full name index entry for each bride and groom. Furthermore, most registers are set up for only one marriage per page. This meant that I could copy names and page numbers from the register index very quickly for two reasons. The first reason is that the index either had better penmanship or was typed. The second reason is that there was less cranking (we're talking about a microfilm machine, remember) from image to image.

After all the names were collected, a computer program paired up the two names that were on each page of the register. Manually, the paired brides and grooms were separated into one column for grooms and one for brides. In general, this system worked very well-- and was fast. It's also the reason why much of the St. Stanislaus Kostka index did not show the actual marriage date. Reading and creating an index can result in inevitable errors. Having created an index of an index meant errors in the original index were also in what I created. Going back and reading the original record enabled me to fix those errors and add the dates.