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From: patricia meyers <>
Subject: Re: [IRISH-IN-CHICAGO] Cook County volunteer program naturalizationtranscriptions
Date: Mon, 14 Jan 2008 18:38:15 -0800 (PST)

Nan, I've been looking at the booklet that Lois gave me and I'm not sure exactly what this data entry program is. I've seen a sample of the screen but the project seems to be an Indexing and Microfilming Project via a grant from the National Historical Publications and Records Commission. I don't know if they are part of the NARA...all these bureacracies baffle me.

This project will create an index of the Declarations of Intention because declarations have been filed in both the Circuit and Superior Courts and the current system is haphazard at best. The data entry screen reflects either the Circuit Court or the Superior Court and further keying will give the volume and page number. Then declaration information is entered. So I don't know if all this is for the index, the document or both. Unclear to me.

I'll know more later and will pass it on. The information being keyed in includes the birth city and country, date of arrival, port of departure, name, occupation, birth date, current address....all the stuff we all want to know. But I don't know if that shows up on the index itself....I'll have to ask.


----- Original Message ----
From: Nan Brennan <>
To: patricia meyers <>
Sent: Monday, January 14, 2008 8:18:39 PM
Subject: Re: Cook County volunteer program naturalization transcriptions


Thank you very much for this report, and thank you for volunteering.
We'll look forward to hearing more from you after you have some experience
with the actual records. The knowledge you acquire will be very helpful
in knowing what types of useful information are available to genealogists in these
court naturalizations.

Do you know if they are going to digitalize an index?
Are these records from several courts--different jurisdictions?

I know you may not be able to answer at this time.
Thanks again and keep us posted!


On Jan 14, 2008, at 6:55 PM, patricia meyers wrote:

Hi Nan and listers,
Nan, as I promised you, here is the process for volunteering:

I started the volunteer program with Cook County today by going to orientation. You have to be a really dedicated genealogist (or else be insane!) to do all that is requested beforehand. I think it is definitely worth it.

First I contacted Lois Travis, a wonderfully helpful supervisor of the program. She told me what to do . I had to fill out an application (Lois mailed me the form). I also had to send a copy of a photo ID (I used my passport rather than my driver's license). I sent it in (last November) and then the county did a background check on me. It took some time for them to contact me due to the holidays pllus they were "busy."

Lois called me a week ago and we set up my orientation for today from 10AM to 1PM. As usual the best laid plans.....I got out of there about 2:30PM. We met Dorothy Brown who likes to meet all future employees, interns and volunteers. What an admirable woman she is. She's done so much for the county in bringing it into the 21st century.

I had my photo taken for my departmental ID, was shown where I would be working (not the most pleasant of surroundings...but that's because the program is running on a grant).

Four other people are volunteering other than myself. We are keying in naturalization records from 1906 to 1929. They are working on 1917 right now, so progress is definitely being made. The National Archives is funding the grant til November of 2008.

If you are interested, you can pick your own days and times. I have chosen Thursday afternoons from 1PM to 4:30PM.

You can contact Lois at and request an application.

I hope some of you decide to volunteer. The sooner the data is in, the sooner we will have access. I don't know if the plan is to go online with it or not, I would hope so. Of course, somebody has to profit from it so I don't know that plan either, but I will find out.

My first day is this Thursday. I will let you know how it goes if you are at all interested. It looked like the computers were new, but I didn't get that close. There's probably about 12 or more. Wednesdays seem to be the most popular days, so think of another day to come in to be sure of having a seat and a computer.

Hope to see you all there! Oh, also they can't let anyone do it from home or another location since Lois is responsible for the care of the docket books which are the source documents.

The other four volunteers are: one woman from Westchester, one man and two women from Gary, IN

You can contact me if you have any questions you think I can answer....if I have no answer for you, I can find out the answer!

All the best,
Patti Meyers
Westmont, IL

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