Wednesday, October 5, 2011

October Morning Meeting 2011

A happy group of 42 members and guests were treated to a great program, Holy Cow! Where are My Chicago Catholics Now? presented by Teresa Steinkamp McMillin, CG yesterday morning.

Teresa presented a concise, clear, informative talk about finding Catholic ancestors in Chicago. After a brief history of Catholic Churches in the City and the various records created by the church, she provided excellent suggestions on how to find the person's address or Ward which is essential to locating the church where the records sought would most likely have been created. Also mentioned was where those records may be found today.

She discussed the dreaded 1909 street numbering change and where and how to identify those changes in reference to your ancestor.

Teresa, also, shared two case studies to show how the methodology was used and the stunning results.

Teresa suggests the following "book is a must-have for researching Chicago Catholics" -  Jack Bochar, Locations of Chicago Roman Catholic Churches, 1850-1990. Second edition. Sugar Grove, Illinois: The Czech & Slovak American Genealogy Society of Illinois, 1997. Gail Borden Public Library has this book in its collection.

Thanks Teresa for an interesting and enlightening program.

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