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From: A Oehler <>
Subject: Re: [IRISH-IN-CHICAGO] Comments on Nativity Church records
Date: Sat, 27 Oct 2007 00:43:23 -0500
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Hi Nan,

Yes, this has been my experience, too, with some of the films. I have also been pleasantly surprised to find from time to time that an extra year or two of records have been included in some of the films than are actually stated in the film notes.

I've also found that in some churches, the very original record books had been re-written years later, and that the LDS microfilmed both record books. In these cases, I made copies of both recordings of my family members.

I want to say at this time how much I have been enjoying this mailing list since I came across it a few months ago. People are so helpful here and offer each other such great advice. All eight of my great-grandparents immigrated to Chicago and are buried there, so I have tremendous interest in Chicago history and local and Irish research. It's like Christmas every time I see a posting about the Ireland census and Cook County vital records going on-line soon, cemetery kiosk locations with databases, etc. Thanks so much, and I'll continue to contribute where I can.


P.S. I spent the first 12 years of my life on the South Side and enjoyed the conversation about the Beverly theatre, Melody Lane, etc. LOVED the chocolate Malts!

> From: > Date: Fri, 26 Oct 2007 23:37:20 -0500> To: > Subject: Re: [IRISH-IN-CHICAGO] Comments on Nativity Church records> > Annette,> > Thank you for a very helpful, informative answer!> > Separate but related point, sometimes the film notes (in the online > library catalog) will indicate no index or limited index but the > films reveal more indexing.> Has that been your experience with the actual film?> > Nan> > On Oct 26, 2007, at 9:43 PM, A Oehler wrote:> > >> > Catherine,> >> > If possible, I strongly recommend ordering and reviewing the > > Nativity church (or any other available church) microfilms at your > > nearest Family History Center. Several years ago, my cousin > > obtained 12 baptism certificates (of 14 children in the family) > > from Nativity Church and sent me copies.> >> > Since then, I have reviewed the original records on microfilm, and > > found numerous errors on the transcribed certificates, including > > the wrong sponsors, inaccurate birth dates and baptism dates, and > > information and dates that were left off the certificates > > altogether. Since the original information often extended across > > two pages, depending on the style of book used that year, the > > modern transcriber often recorded on the certificates the sponsors > > and dates from the lines above or below my family members' lines, > > instead of taking care to be more accurate. And on top of it all, > > the certificates we received were written kind of sloppy, too.> >> > Besides the benefit of gaining more accurate records when doing the > > search yourself, you may also find more children and even extended > > family members. You can also obtain photo copies of the entire > > record page at the family history center. I actually prefer the > > original record to the certificate, for all the above reasons.> >> > Here is what is available in microfilm:> >> > Baptism records 1871-1916> > Marriage records 1871-1915> > Confirmation records 1909-1916> > First Communion records 1915> >> > I hope this helps. Annette> > _________________________________________________________________> > Peek-a-boo FREE Tricks & Treats for You!> >>; >> > -------------------------------> > To unsubscribe from the list, please send an email to IRISH-IN- > > with the word 'unsubscribe' without > > the quotes in the subject and the body of the message> > > -------------------------------> To unsubscribe from the list, please send an email to with the word 'unsubscribe' without the quotes in the subject and the body of the message
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