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As many of you know, Dean and I have been working on launching for a couple of years and we now have a slide show online which explains what we're up to! Please take a look. Cynthia Introducing View more presentations from .

The "Burial Permit Index"

What should we call this index? If you search the Family History Library Catalog at you will find a resource listed under “Illinois, Cook, Chicago - Vital records – Indexes” called " Indexes to deaths in the city of Chicago during the years 1871 to 1933 : showing name, address and date of death " created by the Chicago Board of Health. It’s a very long, descriptive title, but it’s somewhat misleading. It’s true that most of the people listed in this index died in Chicago, but the index also includes people who died outside the city. And, in fact, a note in the catalog says, “These indexes are believed to be for burial permits, the actual deaths having occurred both in and outside the city of Chicago, often times out of state.” That’s probably why some researchers call it the “Burial Permit Index,” but that’s misleading, too. As far as I’ve been able to determine, the numbers given in the index don’t lead to burial permits; they lead to death certificates a

Polish Newspaper (1908-1917) Dziennik Zwiazkowy Online

This evening, I was looking for online newspapers that might help me with a bit of research I'm doing on a composer by the name of A. S. Bowman (I'll blog about him soon) and I stumbled on a resource that might be of interest to those of you who have Polish ancestors in Chicago. It looks as though the first ten years (1908-1917) of Dziennik Zwiazkowy , “Chicago’s largest and oldest Polish newspaper,” are available online for free. The newspaper is part of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign's Illinois Digital Newspaper Collection . Other titles include Barrington Review , Southern Illinois Journal , and several newspapers from Quincy. For online newspapers from other states, check out Penn Libraries research guide titled Historical Newspapers Online . It's the web page that led me to the Illinois newspaper page.