August 31, 2015
Last week Stanczyk took part in a webinar: An Overview of Immigration and Naturalization Service (INS) Records at the National Archives — by Zach Wilske.
It was an excellent webinar. It was my first genealogy webinar! The AT&T Connect that the NARA used for the webinar worked extremely well. I used the iPhone app (as opposed to the laptop software). The iPhone app work well. I heard the presenter over the phone and was able to see the slides simultaneously on the phone. Very nice choice by the NARA/USCIS and executed well by Zach Wilske.
This jester had a goal to figure out how to research a fact from a number located on Ancestry for Leon Pieszczochowicz. I found Leon in Ancestry’s: Subject Index to Correspondence and Case Files of the Immigration and Naturalization Service, 1903-1952
I had found a number(s)/code : 55,874-84
Mr Wilske did a thorough job explaining the topic and out popped my answer without my even having to text a question to the presenter. I needed to go to NARA in Washington D.C.
I also learned that you need three pieces of info: RG (Record Group), Entry#, & File# . So what did I have and how do I research it?
Ah, I have a File#. What do I do with it?
This jester will be looking up (on a reference service slip, as shown above):
As per Mr. Wilske, I sent an email to: firstname.lastname@example.org
to confirm the file is still extant.
August 26, 2015
Dateline 24-August-2015 — Two days ago this announcement / presswire was published: here . It said that more than 80 newspapers would be digitized and brought online. Now, I am thinking this will not be in Ancestry.com, but in their other product: Newspapers.com (thus requiring you to subscribe to two offerings).
Already this collaboration has born fruit in that Cinncinati Enquirer has 4 million pages available online. Now this jester went to Gannett’s website and saw that they have 95 U.S. newspapers (not including USA Today) covering about 2/3 of the U.S. states. Michigan, Ohio, New York, Pennsylvania, Indiana, California, Texas, Wisconsin have at least one newspaper each. Each archive will ultimately include every available page from the first date of publication up to about 30 days prior (to the present? or the announcement?).
This jester is waiting for the Detroit Free Press (MI) and Times Recorder Zanesville (OH) where I expect to find some ancestors in the news. They do not have a Buffalo or Philadelphia paper nor are there any newspapers in Illinois, but they cover a large swath of areas where my ancestors settled.
Gannett Michigan / Ohio Holdings:
August 24, 2015
Dateline 24-August-2015 — GenBaza is now fully accessible again. GenPol is still not fully recovered, but at least its functionality that it provides for authenticating GenBaza allows us full access to GenBaza again! Good Job to the tech wizards at GenPol.com
August 20, 2015
Stanczyk was reminded this week by Flipboard genealogy blogger Kenneth R Marks (Boost Your Genealogy Research With Newspapers) — If you have not discovered this valuable resource then by all means click the link and scan his recent articles in his curated Flipboard magazine.
This week Mr. Marks’ article reminded this jester about TROVE, an Australian Historical Newspaper (and other online documents too) website. Now I say reminded, because loyal readers may recall my article from April 2013 (From Pacanow Poland to Birchgrove …).
I like what they have done since 2013 and it appears they have been busy at TROVE. So i encourage you to take another look for your Polish ancestor. TIP (see picture): Use advanced search, look for online resources, search the newspapers for: Naturalization Notice, Poland and check the categories: Advertising, Family Notices to see vital record notices as well as immigration/naturalization notices. This should get your a little over 8,000 articles to search through.
Here are two images of Polish expats who immigrated to Australia post World War II:
August 8, 2015
GenBaza is fine. However, there is no way to see anything other than Lodz. The reason is because GenPol.com has had a bad crash. GenPol is used as the login/authentication method for GenBaza so we cannot reach the other databases until GenPol is fixed (a couple of weeks at least).
Check back and I will update this post when GenBaza is back.
17-August-2015 – A few days ago, Stanczyk noticed that GenPol.com had updated their 503 Page (Server Outage). This lets users know that the server is down and that recovery is in progress (both English/Polish). This was important so people do not think they are just gone.
August 5, 2015
Thanks to a reader / contributor (Judy G.) I am pleased to mention two new Section Maps for Mount Olivet Cemetery in Detroit (Wayne County), MI.
Judy was kind of enough to send Sections P & R. These are nice quality scans too and you can click-enlarge to read the names of the individual cemetery plot names.