Macomb County, Michigan is an interesting county. To whit, there had been four cities in Macomb county who maintained their own vital records, instead of the county clerk. Those four cities are: Eastpointe, Saint Clair Shores, Sterling Heights and Warren. Now wouldn’t you know those just happen to be the major cities of the ELIASZ clan in Michigan. This jester just assumed that Macomb county had those duties. No wonder genealogy is hard, the exceptions get you.
Now this came to light recently when in November (2015), Eastpointe decided to turn over its birth, death record keeping to Macomb County. Eastpointe turned over to the county 90 years worth of vital records. The records date back to 1925 when Eastpointe was known as Halfway (I did not know that), in 1929 it became East Detroit, and finally in 1992 it became Eastpointe. So if you were missing data from Halfway/East Detroit/Eastpointe now you may be able to find them at the county clerk’s office in Mt Clemens. For those whose data is in St. Clair Shores, Sterling Heights or Warren, now you know the data if its not in the county clerk’s office is in those cities’ municipal buildings.
See today’s Macomb Daily newspaper.
Stanczyk, was looking at the GenBaza news of what was being indexed and loaded in order to see what was coming online (… eventually). This jester noticed a PDF document of the inventory of books at Diocessan Archives (AD), State Archive (AP) and in some of the parishes too.
Now let me hasten to add that this is NOT an inventory of online records/images. It is only a list of what may yet come and of course some of these are already online, but many more are just potential data available to be indexed and loaded.
The actual PDF document is here . A final note the Fond# is similar to what the Library of Congress calls a Record Group. It is the identifier for requesting the resource inside the archive. Only State Archives have a Fond#, not the church archive nor the church parish.
|Fond #||Place Name||Date Range||Books Count||Count of Images||NOTES|
|373||Pacanów moj||1875-1912||55||1,957||AP (jewish)|
I wanted emphasize the Entry # a bit more. Yesterday and today we were discussing Subject, Policy, & Correspondence Files. These are NOT the A-Files or C-Files that the INS/USCIS provides genealogy research for. These correspondence files were turned over to NARA & are in the National Archives.
Entry#9 — INS Policy Corespondence
Entry#26 — Bureau of Naturalization Correspondence
Entry#P-4A — Central Office Files
The Subject Card Indexes in Ancestry.com are Entry#9.
These are all RG85, Entry#9. The final piece of info (File#) comes from the subject index card. In Leon Pieszczochowicz ‘s case it was: 55,874-84
So that is how I got my three pieces. Most people will be Entry#9 (deportation, illiterate, disease, crimes, etc. — immigration related) with some people possibly falling into Entry#26 if their correspondence is about the Naturalization (naturalization issues).
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?
As per Mr. Wilske, I sent an email to: firstname.lastname@example.org
to confirm the file is still extant.
In my wife’s family tree we have two branches of Albano-Italians (Arbëresh):
Augustine = D’Agostino (in Italy and early ship manifests)
They come from, Carsoli, in Aquila (Province), Abruzzo (region) of Italy [eastwards from Rome]
The Di Lazzaro, Todaro branches going backwards from my wife’s great-grandmother are from:
Castroregio (commune), subdivision of Castrovillari, in Cosenza (Province), Calabria (region) of Southern Italy
Castroregio = Kastërnexhi (Albanian)
Both branches appear to be Albanians (Arbëresh) and were founding families from 15th century migration from Albania to the remote Italian states of the Southern of Italy and even a few in Sicily too. These were from the Princes of Albania and their retinue and warriors.
Castroregio is online in FamilySearch.org –
Its State Archive (in Castrolvillari branch office of Cosenza) – Contact / Research Info —
This had no online record images as other Italian State Archives did .
Carsoli – In Antenati –
Inventory of State (Italy) Archives Online –
Twenty-Six State Archives in Antenati with > 26 Million images Online –
Stanczyk noted the news from Genbaza over the last two weeks:
Please note the phrase, “dostęp tylko dla indeksujących” means only access to indexes (for indexing?). So it appears we will be getting some new data (and/or images) online very soon.
Some of the parishes/cities are given first in Polish followed by their German name (i.e. Prussian-Poland partition). An example is: Mierzyn [pl] – Alt Marrin [de]
Here is what they are working on …
Nowości w GenBazie
2014-12-02 dodałem — do katalogu AP Koszalin_index – dostęp tylko dla indeksujących
USC Sowno – Zowen
USC Mierzyn – Alt Marrin
USC Stanomino – Standenmin
2014-11-30 — do katalogu AP Kielce (dostęp tylko dla indeksujących)
Książnica Wielka 1699-1906
2014-11-29 — do katalogu AP Gdańsk zindeksowane USC
USC Konarzyny Kościerskie – uzupełnienie
2014-11-28 — do katalogu AP Kielce
uzupełnienia Parafii Odrowąż (1909-1912) [Editor. – Parish Supplement]
— do katalogu AP Grodzisk
Czerwińsk alegaty 1808-1822
Leszno alegaty 1826-1837
Zaborów alegaty 1855r
Izdebna alegaty 1816 i 1819r
Grodzisk Mazowiecki alegaty 1808-1825
— do katalogu AP Koszalin_index – dostęp tylko dla indeksujących/Zugriff nur für die Indizierung
USC Smęcino – Schmenzin
USC Spore – Sprasse
USC Stare Drawsko – Drahim
USC Stary Chwalim – Valm
Good Luck Hunting!
Stanczyk was not born in Philadelphia, but moved here over two decades ago. But I really love the city of Brotherly Love. I like to call it the cradle of American civilization and we are the keystone state because of our position within the original 13 colonies. Over a hundred years ago my busia arrived in the USA here in Philadelphia on the steamship Prinz Adalbert − a nice tie-in between my family history and my adopted home town.
One of the reasons I love Philadelphia is its oldness (relative to America — not the rest of the world). I like to play tourist in my adopted home town. So I have seen the celebrated points of the colonial history of our town. Now we are on the verge of another 4th of July and that means the Welcome America celebration which seems to get longer every year (is it two weeks long now?) and with good reason for all of the special events (fireworks, concerts, liberty medals, etc.) that occur.
But let Stanczyk clue you in on a free activity for you and your kids that makes you feel a part of America’s past. Do not just visit the Independence Hall, the Liberty Bell / Visitor center, the Constitution Center and the recently opened National Museum of American Jewish History. These plus all things Ben Franklin, Betsy Ross, Elfreth Alley, are worthy ventures (take a carriage ride to get a lay of the land — Stanczyk’s favorite). One event Stanczyk stumbled upon was the Historical re-enactment of the first public reading of the Declaration of Independence. This happens 4 days later (July 8th). It will be in the courtyard behind Independence Hall. Free for all wandering through. It gives your family a real sense of the American narrative and allows you to pretend you were there at the inception of this grand experiment ! Buy the kids a copy of the Declaration and/or Constitution this is what the Independence Holiday is all about. The National Archives in Washington D.C. has an original document that you can visit. 5 Fast Facts of Declaration of Independence.
Previously, Stanczyk has written about what is available online for the former Gubernia (or Województwo) Kielce. In this article I am listing the SzukajWArchiwach.pl parishes online with year ranges and scan image counts. Please notice that links are provided for you to go directly to those you are interested in or you can go to the list of all parishes available (since as you know an article like this becomes out of date periodically).
|Poland’s Archives (Kielce)||Parish||Year Range||Scans #|
Parishes (Parafia): Brzegach, Chomentowie, Ciernie, Imielnie, Jędrzejowie, Korytnicy, Kozłowie, Krzcięcicach, Łukowej
Stanczyk noticed yesterday (18-JUNE-2014) that Metryki.genebaza.pl had some additions. The Polish Archive from Gdansk (AP_GDANSK) was added to Genbaza.pl late on Wednesday.
So now when you click on the above link, you should see:
The top archive, AD_Kielce, is a Diocessan archive, the church archive from Kielce Diocese (Stanczyk’s ancestral diocese).
The new archive is second in this list, AP_GDANSK. The church archive and the bottom four archives were already there.
If you click on the AP_GDANSK, then you will see five research collections (aka fonds). One is an evangelical parish from Krokowa and there are also four USC (civil registration offices, similar to the USA’s county clerk) fonds with vital records.
I looked at two of the USCs (Sopot – a very nice resort town on the Baltic and Kamienica Szlachecka). Their data started at year 1874 and each link was either a Birth or a Marriage or a Death metrical book. Each vital record type was a separate unit. So you had three units per year. My early searches did not locate any alegata in 1874 Sopot.
As you may have surmised this is Prussian-Poland partition data and as such is in the common German long-form birth (or marriage or death) certificates (not the Napoleonic Codex paragraph form of Russian-Poland nor the Latin Box format so prevalent in Austrian-Poland partitions. The form’s text are in German. The first birth record I saw was in 1874 Kamienica Szlachecka Births (#1), was Otto August Carl Mark (son of Ferdinand Mark & Amalie Mark nee Gohrbanet).
Stanczyk has recently written [24-May-2014, “Online Inventory of ŚwiętoKrzyskie (an update)” ] about what is on-line from the Kielce Gubernia/Wojewowdztwo … so of course you know that means — the information is out of date already in this Internet Time world of ours!
Just today on Facebook I saw announced: New records added to Szukajwarchiwach: http://szukajwarchiwach.pl/media/attachments/swa_share_06_2014.pdf on Polish Genealogical Society of Michigan page.
A pleasant surprise of 8 (osiem) parishes (parafia) were from the Kielce (Kielcach) archive:
This jester examined Jędrzejowie where some distant Eliasz (aka Elijasz/Heliasz) were known to live. I am envious, a complete or nearly complete century of records [1812-1911] for Birth / Marriage / Death (urodzeń / małżeństw / zgonów) and even Alegata too in most cases.
That is a nice way to end the week! Powodzenia!
parishes: Brzegach, Ciernie, Imielnie, Jędrzejowie, Korytnicy, Kozlowie, Krzciecicach, Lukowej
On Easter Sunday, Stanczyk wrote about Logan Kleinwak / Genealogy Indexer. In the article, I used as an example of the database searches (sources) that genealogy indexer searches through as the: 1890 Kielce Gubernia Commemorative Book (Памятная книжка Келецкой губернии). That was a bit foreshadowing of today’s blog. This blog is dominated by Genealogy, by Polish Genealogy, by Russian-Poland partition Genealogy, in particular the Kielce Gubernia (Wojewodztwo). Most of the time I write about topics that centers upon post-Napoleonic era (1815-ish to about 1918) which overlaps the era of the three partitions and the era of the Great Migration to the USA. One of the reasons for such a focus to connect with distant cousins on both sides of the Atlantic Ocean. So today’s topic is to further understand the administrative structures of my ancestral villages in 1890 Kielce Gubernia. Where the red square is on today’s map-graphic is the geographic area we are speaking of. It is important to understand the administrative structures to trace your genealogy. So today we will be examining the hierarchy described by their Russian names as: Gubernia composed of Uyezds or Powiats which were composed of Gminas (aka Wojewodztwo->Powiats->Gminas). There is also a religious hierarchy: Diocese-Deaconate-Parish. These hierarchies change over time as borders are drawn and redrawn. So Stanczyk pulled images of some these administrative structures and other data to put this research in a context of 1890 (roku) from the above title book which is written in Russian/Cyrillic. I am hopeful that seeing the Cyrillic from the book along with the English translation will aid other genealogists in their searches and research. There are a number of images and descriptions so this will be a long read if you are “up for it”.
Stanczyk has been experimenting with Newspapers.com and utilizing their Clippings to frame research topics.
So my current set of clippings are on my profile page: http://www.newspapers.com/profile/michael135/articles .
So if you are interested in Haller’s Army or General Jozef Haller then you may want to check it out. My initial focus is upon General Haller’s 1923 trip to the USA after World War I, in order to honor the men under his command that were in the USA. Then as today there were detractors to the general’s visits — which I had not previously known. His 1923 itinerary included a visit to the Lincoln homestead in Springfield, IL. He also honored the long US-Poland relationship by visiting the Pulaski memorial in D.C. too. I am left to ponder if the 1926 Emblem of Goodwill, “A Polish Declaration of Admiration and Friendship for the United States of America” might not have been influenced or inspired by General Haller.
Archiwum Państwowego in Gdańsk & Pomorskie Towarzystwo Genealogiczne – 650,000 records scanned/online
Stanczyk has news of yet another Polish Archive scanning and going online with vital records (older than 100 years).
The Pomeranian – Gdansk Archive will soon have 650,000 vital records scanned and online by the 2nd qtr this year.
The AP-GDANSK are working with Pomeranian Genealogical Society who already have 2.78Million records indexed and now will get 650,000 scanned images to go with index.
The National Archive (Gdansk) and Genealogical Society will share the online indexes/scans.
Something else to be thankful for this Easter/Passover season.
PomGenBase / PomGenBaza is here … :http://www.ptg.gda.pl/index.php/ptgnews/action/basesearch/
For more details, the full article can be read here [in Polish /po polskiu].
Archive – Archiwum Państwowego w Gdańsku (AP-Gdansk)
Genealogical Society – Search The Pomorskie Towarzystwo Genealogiczne (PTG), which in English translates to the Pomeranian Genealogical Association
Stanczyk has been writing about metryki.genbaza.pl a lot this year and this week in particular. Since I wrote my guide on using GenBaza, I thought I might start enumerating what is actually in GenBaza. So to honor my wife, I thought I would start with the Jewish records.
I compiled my list from two of the archives that I dabble in: AP Kielce and AP Sandomierz. This roughly covers the area that a genealogy group on the Internet known as KR SIG/ Kielce-Radom Special Interest Group (are they defunct now? — see JewishGen/JRI-Poland have their materials) used to do research on.