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New Chicago Indexing Projects on Family Search – Workday Wednesday

Attention researchers!  If you’ve been searching for new Chicago genealogy records, there are two amazing record sets available for indexing on FamilySearch right now!

family search projects

If you’re new to online indexing projects, FamilySearch indexing provides volunteers with a unique opportunity to contribute to the processing of genealogical records.  A free online registration, free software download, and a few tutorial videos later, you’re should be ready to participate in an indexing project.  Depending on your geographic research interests, there are collections available for the United States, Canada, Mexico, Europe, South America, and many more locations as well.  You do not need to read or write a second language to participate, but if you have any Spanish, Italian, German, Czech, Polish, Portuguese, French, or Korean language skills, you will definitely want to see what type of projects are available for indexing.

Illinois, Cook County—Deaths, 1959–1994 [Part B] English – 1959–1994 (Intermediate)

Many of these records are type written, clear, and easy to read.  There are few issues with informant signatures, as they can be in various stages of legibility.  You can glean a lot of information from these records, especially employment and cause of death.  In several instances, the work address of the deceased was included in each record. I was able to transcribe multiple batches in a morning, and really enjoyed how each record flowed into the next.  Maybe I missed my calling as a medical clerk.

As an interesting note, when looking at deaths occurring in a hospital, I was really surprised to see a the high number of nurses, admitting clerks, and hospital staff writing providing information as an informant.  In the earlier pre-1959 records, much of the family information had been provided by family members.

Illinois, Chicago—Catholic Church Records, 1833–1910 [Part A] English – 1833-1910 (Advanced)

Yes, a passing knowledge of Latin is helpful, but try this workaround: type the Latin entry texts into Google Translate, and you will see what information is needed for each column.  The advanced level of this project centers on deciphering handwriting and names in a variety of scripts.  It was good to use the Latin I learned in school this semester for the entry information.  On the other hand, I’m still shaky with deciphering handwriting.  With these two factors in mind, I was writing out a majority of the last names listed in each record.  This project took a bit longer than I would have liked, and I needed to take a break in the middle of one of the entries, but on the whole I felt pretty accomplished when I was finished.

What other indexing projects are you working on?  Share your thoughts, project information, or other tips and tidbits here!

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