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Name: william dorsch <pidor44@att.net>
Date: 2014-03-17
Any surnames you want to list? (Searchable!) Rossi
Comments:
Do you think you can help me find a family that owned a tavern in Cicero in 1977-78. It was at 4837 W 14th St. It was called Ma's Place or Little Joe's. Any suggestions would be appreciated.
 

Name: sandy <sclark5701@gmail.com>
Date: 2013-07-08
Who are your Oak Park ancestors? Bedard
When did your ancestors come to Chicago? 1888
Comments:
Looking for a directory that gives house numbers for the year 1888.
 

Name: Jean <jmj628@aol.com>
Date: 2013-07-08
Who are your Oak Park ancestors? John Goedert and family, Julius Breneisen and family
When did your ancestors come to Chicago? 1890s and later
Any surnames you want to list? (Searchable!) Goedert , Breneisen, Bedard, Wink
Comments:
I do not live in the area but am working on family history with roots in Oak Park-River Forest. I know there are articles in the Oak Leaves Newspaper and even have two of the specific dates. I am hoping there would be someone who would be willing to research this for me. Of course, I would reimburse anyone for the copying, shipping, etc.

Thanks.

 

Name: Luigi Provolone <battereidenti@hotmail.com>
Date: 2013-04-18
Who are your Oak Park ancestors? Joseph Emmett Dwyer, wife Anita Marie Dwyer nee Keevan; Joseph and Cassandra Caldarulo
When did your ancestors come to Chicago? btwn 1900-1920
Any surnames you want to list? (Searchable!) Dwyer, Caldarulo, Mariani
Comments:
Caldarulo grandparents lived in Oak Park from 1919 to 1991, at 622 N. Taylor Ave.
-Originally from Bari-Capurso Italy
Grandfather (born 1884) emigrated around 1900.
Grandmother (born 1894 emigrated around 1914

**************
Dwyer grandparents lived in River Forest from about 1927 to 1980
-first on Bonnie Brae in the 500 block, I believe
-then at 1130 Monroe Ave (~1940 to ~1965)
-then on Harlem Ave. near Oak St.

Grandfather grew on far west side of Chicago.
Grandmother (born ~1900) grew up, I believe, in Aurora IL

 

Name: Tammy Remily <trd721@comcast.net>
Date: 2013-02-14
Who are your Oak Park ancestors? Ruby and Rose Newell
When did your ancestors come to Chicago? 1931
Any surnames you want to list? (Searchable!) hohnstrieter
Comments:
I have found some records that suggest my great grandmother(Ruby Mae Hohnstrieter-Newell) gave birth to my grandmother in Oak Park on November 6, 1931. My grandmother however can not find her birth certificate. I am trying to see if you can find some record of her being born in Oak Park, IL. Rubys husband at the time Paul Newell (whom I believe was also married to another lady at the same time) was a laboror so I am not sure if he traveled for work a lot and that is why they were in Oak Park or why she was there. Please HELP if you can. Thank you!
 

Name: Leslie Chapman <Opera_870@yahoo.com>
Date: 2012-12-02
Who are your Oak Park ancestors? Don't think I have any?
When did your ancestors come to Chicago? None of my directs ever were there
Any surnames you want to list? (Searchable!) Loeb, Jankgard, Melvin, Wisner
Comments:
I got here looking for a name that might be in Concordia Cemetery in Forest Park, have no idea how I ended up here. I have a number of cousins or would be cousins of interest in the Chicago area. The most infamous one be Loeb of Leopold and Loeb. I have Loeb cousins, but have never been able to connect them to the killer.
 

Name: Theresa <ramblinrose135@hotmail.com>
Date: 2012-08-28
Who are your Oak Park ancestors? Frank and Anna Panek
Any surnames you want to list? (Searchable!) Panek
Comments:
Hi,
I was wondering if you know of anyone that would be willing to take pictures of Frank and Anna Panek's headstone at the Bohemian National Cemetery?

Thank you!!

 

Name: Leonard Schmidt <gb9480@hotmail.com>
Date: 2012-07-04
Who are your Oak Park ancestors? Forest Park-Phillip&Maria Vogt
When did your ancestors come to Chicago? married 29 Jan1885
Any surnames you want to list? (Searchable!) Maria(Grosshauser) Vogt
Comments:
Johann Phillip Vogt 29 July 1857 Germany
13 Aug 1897 Forest Park,Ill
policeman
Maria Rosina Vogt 23 Apr 1862 Cook Co,Ill
4 Dec 1895 Ill

 

Name: linda <lindajboni@comcast.net>
Date: 2012-03-23
Who are your Oak Park ancestors? Charles A. Vahl & Lillian Thompson Vahl and their children Margaret (Peg), Chrystal Mae, and Jeanne Mae
When did your ancestors come to Chicago? Charles Vahl-1882 from Germany, Lillian Thompson Vahl-born in Chicago as were here 3 children
Any surnames you want to list? (Searchable!) Vahl
Comments:
I was bummed to see that none of my Oak Park relatives are listed on your site. Charles, Lillian, and their three girls lived in the Austin neighborhood until the early 1920s (on Madison and Monroe Streets). By 1923 they were living in Oak Park at 431 S. Lombard Ave. Before 1928, when Charles died (ruptured appendix), they were living at 621 N. Humphry in Oak Park. Jeanne went to OPRF High School but may not have graduated. I think the other two girls attended Austin High. After Lillian was widowed in 1928 she remained in her house till she could no longer afford it - I heard she lost it to taxes at some point. Chrystal married four times and lived in Oak Park on and off. Her married names were Wilson (Charles, one son - Richard), Lind ?, Bauman (William), and Frantum (William). I have tried so hard find out any info on this family and have come up with very little - Do you know, can historical real estate or tax records be checked out for information? At one point, I heard that Lillian was on "relief" since she had no income and had finally gone through all her savings - would there be any way to trace that in Oak Park? Any information you can provide would be wonderful.

Linda

 

Name: Vickie Kesler <kesler@iowatelecom.net>
Date: 2012-02-14
Who are your Oak Park ancestors? Emeline & Anna Blakeslee, Ida Hazlett & Flora Bode
When did your ancestors come to Chicago? late 1880s
Any surnames you want to list? (Searchable!) Blakeslee, Hazlett & Bode
Comments:
Trying to find more information than the census records on Florence (BLAKESLEE# BODE, Anna BLAKESLEE, and Ida L. #BLAKESLEE# HAZLETT. Daughters of Emeline #SMITH) BLAKESLEE.
 

Name: Cheryl Cass <rnccass@centurytel.net>
Date: 2012-01-19
Who are your Oak Park ancestors? Ernest, Frances, Clarice Gehle
When did your ancestors come to Chicago? early 1900's
Any surnames you want to list? (Searchable!) Memminger
Comments:
Memminger is Frances' maiden name.
 

Name: rosanne <rmsprague@yahoo.com>
Date: 2011-12-27
Who are your Oak Park ancestors? Lester & Gertrude MacKenzie
When did your ancestors come to Chicago? 1925 ?
Comments:
Would there be a birth announcement for a child born 31 Dec 1928 at West Suburban Hospital?
Thanks for any help.
Rosanne

 

Name: Keith Nystedt <keithnystedt@yahoo.com>
Date: 2011-11-08
Comments:
Ellen, I tried to email you but I received a failure notice. Trying to get information on an A C Grant who lived at 143 Linden Ave. in 1920. Please send me an email so I can share further information with you. Thank you.
 

Name: Bonnie Mangold <Bonnie1man@mac.com>
Date: 2011-06-22
Who are your Oak Park ancestors? William Runkel
When did your ancestors come to Chicago? abt 1920 til death in 1958
Any surnames you want to list? (Searchable!) runkel
Comments:
Would like a copy or photo emailed of the obit in oak leaves if its different from what I have (see below)

Runkel Wm Obituary Oak Leaves February 13, 1958

Below from Chicago Daily Tribune on Feb 11, 1958.
William H Runkel
Memorial services for William H Runkel 64, a vice president and director of the Union Tank Car compay, will be held at 2:30pm Sunday in the first Congregational church chapel 164 N Kenilworth av Oak Park. Mr Runkel an employee of the firm for 40 years, died Saturday in his home at 930 forest ave Oat Park. He is survived by two daughters, Mrs Audrey Kenney and Mrs Dorothy R. Rakouska.

 

Name: WALKER, STEVE <seadg57@aol.com>
Date: 2011-06-22
Comments:
LOOKING FOR ANCESTER
 

Name: Randy Melody <randy93042@hotmail.com>
Date: 2011-06-16
When did your ancestors come to Chicago? 1880's
Any surnames you want to list? (Searchable!) Melody, Fenlon, Caloud and Hlatky
Comments:
I grewup in Austin closer to 4900 and Chicago Av, graduated Austin High School in 1961. My mother EvelynHlatky and father James William Melody lived there from 1932 til 1977
 

Name: David Nelson <nelsonlawict@msn.com>
Date: 2011-05-28
Who are your Oak Park ancestors? John William Petersen & Florence Petersen
When did your ancestors come to Chicago? Uncertain - but were there for 1920 census
Any surnames you want to list? (Searchable!) Petersen
Comments:
I'm attempting to locate some information regarding my maternal grandfather - John William Petersen. Lived in Oak Park, IL. Believe I've found a record of death for 01/18/1936, but have been unable to locate any actual obituary or other record. Was checking your site to try and identify which were the areas newspapers at that time.
Any assist would be greatly appreciated.
Thanks,
Dave Nelson

 

Name: David Carr <dcarr3993@charter.net>
Date: 2011-03-22
Who are your Oak Park ancestors? Harriet Hale Hilton
When did your ancestors come to Chicago? Bef 1900
Any surnames you want to list? (Searchable!) Harriet Hannah Hale Hilton
Comments:
Harriet Hale Hilton moved to first, Cicero, then Oak Park, Illinois, prob. before 1899, because her husband, Edward Hilton, is supposedly buried at Forest Home Cemetary, as are most of the family. They came from Hamilton, Ontario, Canada. Harriet died in 1906, in Oak Park.
 

Name: Kerstin Pawlowski <kerstin4u@hotmail.com>
Date: 2011-02-12
Who are your Oak Park ancestors? Sisters Getrude, Agnes and Lovisa Lund
When did your ancestors come to Chicago? Around the year 1900
Any surnames you want to list? (Searchable!) Lund, Miller
Comments:
I e-mailed you two weeks ago but since I didīnet get an answer I now try this way also. I would love to get a copy of one of your listed items: Lund Lovisa Picture Swedish Baptist Church March 10, 1905
It would really mean a lot to me!

All the best wishes from Kerstin in Sweden

 

Name: Karin Culter <culter4@msn.com>
Date: 2010-12-18
Who are your Oak Park ancestors? John and Bertha Larson, John J. Stoffels, Lucy Stoffels Clark
When did your ancestors come to Chicago? 1900
Any surnames you want to list? (Searchable!) Stoffels, Larson, Schiffner
Comments:
I am looking for my great-grandmother Bertha Holly Stoffels Larson. She lived in Chicago, perhaps Oak Park at one time.
 

Name: Christine Brown Scibilia <scibiliac@yahoo.com>
Date: 2010-08-31
Who are your Oak Park ancestors? Great Grandparents
When did your ancestors come to Chicago? not sure
Comments:
I am looking for information On my Great Grandfather Edward Henry Brown he was born 7-11-1862, he was a lawyer, and my Great Grandmaother Mary Boland Brown. She died December 29 1888 10 days after she gave birth to my Grandfather Harold J Brown. He was sent too Niagrara Falls NY as a infant and he was raised there y a Aunt. Edward did remarry but I do not no when or her name.
 

Name: Mary Dipzinski <Tino723@aol.com>
Date: 2010-08-24
Who are your Oak Park ancestors? yes
When did your ancestors come to Chicago? born
Any surnames you want to list? (Searchable!) Lake,Marrah
Comments:
Iam looking for info on my Grandmother who was born in Chicago in 1895 as Alice Teresa Lake Her father was Albert Lake She Married Joseph Marrah in Oak Park around 1918 Her first born was Helen C Marrah I would like any news articles of wedding or birth that there is ...they go off the radar between 1910 and 1920 except for a world war 1 registration card that stated that he lived in oak park on 933 S.Wenonah oak park IL any info would be great! Let me know where to send any costs PS My sisters boy in Oak Park some years ago Our familes love chicago and the oak Park area. Thank you so much
 

Name: Marilyn Masterson Barham Watson Andrus <marilynandrus@aol.com>
Date: 2010-06-04
Who are your Oak Park ancestors? George Masterson, Mollie Lanham Masterson, Edward Lee Masterson, Ruth L Masterson, Ruth Joyce Masterson, Lars Gustad Larson, Id
When did your ancestors come to Chicago? before 1887
Any surnames you want to list? (Searchable!) see ancestors above
Comments:
I was adopted and since my last posting I have located my Birth Father and some cousins in Florida and California. My Birth Mother (Ruth Joyce Masterson) was born in Chicago (1915) and lived with my grandparents (Edward L and Ruth L Masterson) in Oak Park about 1915-19. My great-grandfather (George Masterson) is buried in Forest Park cemetery in an unmarked grave. I have not been able to locate my Grandmother (Mollie Lanham Masterson). Lydia Rock was my Larson grandmother's sister and she passed away at my grandmother's OakPark home in about 1918. There is an obituary in the Oak Leaves paper. Any help you can give on locating my Great Grandmother,Mollie Lanham Masterson, would be much appreciated.
 

Name: Madonna Campbell <MadonnaC@kc.rr.com>
Date: 2010-05-08
Who are your Oak Park ancestors? Lewandowski
When did your ancestors come to Chicago? 1920s
Any surnames you want to list? (Searchable!) Frances
Comments:
I would like to find obituaries for any Lewandowski in
Chicago.

 

Name: Roberta Irene Nix <jbnix@msn.com>
Date: 2010-02-01
Who are your Oak Park ancestors? Robert & Helen Phelan
When did your ancestors come to Chicago? 1915-1925
Any surnames you want to list? (Searchable!) Phelan & Warmington
Comments:
My parents were Robert Emmett and Emma Irene Phelan. We
lived at 419 Park Ave in River Forest from 1940 until 1966.
The Phelans in Oak Park were cousins of my father.
I am fairly certain that my father lived with James Clark &
Mabel Warmington on Thatcher or Keystone Ave in River Forest sometime between 1916 and 1925, but I cannot find
any of them in the 1920 census. (Mabel was his half sister)

 

Name: charles ellsworth ricksecker <charlesellsworth@yahoo.com>
Date: 2010-01-03
When did your ancestors come to Chicago? 1890 to1940
Any surnames you want to list? (Searchable!) ricksecker
Comments:
grandfathers name was donald his dad was haward mother della parrish brothers raymond russel howard dorothy vivian my phone 941 743 8174 have located russel ricksecker son robert they live in fl also
 

Name: bethanie sue gordon <whyrobin1031@aol.com>
Date: 2009-12-29
Who are your Oak Park ancestors? edward gordon
When did your ancestors come to Chicago? 1950s
Any surnames you want to list? (Searchable!) gordon, coddington
Comments:
looking for a death record for edward gordon who died Jan 31, 1953, I think that he might be my birthfather, could you please send me a copy of his death record and send it to
bethanie sue gordon
7214 edward
center line, michigan 48015
thanks,
bethanie sue gordon

 

Name: shelley stroschein <c.stroschein@comcast.net>
Date: 2009-12-24
Who are your Oak Park ancestors? stroschein and winter
When did your ancestors come to Chicago? about 1890
Any surnames you want to list? (Searchable!) stroschein, strohschein, winter
Comments:
I know you have helped me in the past and I am most appreciative, wanted to let you know I just connected you with this site and that I have just found a distant cousin on the net9Brad Hertz) who belongs to the Winter side who contacted me from Utah. His grandmother, Amelia Winter, and aunt lived in Forest Park.Amelia is the daughter of Caroline (Strohschein) Winter who married John or Johann Winter is his great grandmother(Wilhelm's sister)my ancestor that you had helped me with.I didn't know the Stroschein name was spelled with an "h"in the middle at that time.As I learn more I will pass along the news.It is so good to know you are out there and willing to help. I hope to be able to also help you or someone some day.Thanks again Ellen, Shelley
 

Name: Jonell K <k.jonell@yahoo.com>
Date: 2009-11-18
Who are your Oak Park ancestors? Johann Winter, and theStroschein
When did your ancestors come to Chicago? 1903
Comments:
Thank you for this site. It has come in handy.
Jonell

 

Name: Rob Miller <bt.Miller4830@escapedemail.com>
Date: 2009-10-31
Who are your Oak Park ancestors? None
When did your ancestors come to Chicago? None
Any surnames you want to list? (Searchable!) Nonwe
Comments:
None
 

Name: Barry Gaines <bjgaines@unm.edu>
Date: 2009-10-01
Who are your Oak Park ancestors? Gaines
Any surnames you want to list? (Searchable!) gaines
Comments:
Thank you.
 

Name: Sally Galaske <galaske73@sbcglobal.net>
Date: 2009-05-27
Who are your Oak Park ancestors? father, his parents, their parents
When did your ancestors come to Chicago? abt 1850
Any surnames you want to list? (Searchable!) Barkmann
Comments:
I am looking for brothers or sisters & Parents of
Karl or Carl Barkmann from Prussia
& Elizabeth Wedo Barkmann from Mecklenberg, Germany
and when and where the arrived in the US

 

Name: James C. Shake <j.shake@att.net>
Date: 2009-05-21
Who are your Oak Park ancestors? Descendants of Patrick Murray
When did your ancestors come to Chicago? 1850 or so
Any surnames you want to list? (Searchable!) Murray
Comments:
Looking for information on Patrick Murray (retired merchant d. 1888) and his descendants. My Murray line moved to western TN after the Civil War. Granddaughter Anna Murray used to visit during early 1900s - I believe in Oak Park. Her father was Peter James (PJ) Murray, son of Patrick (b. 1809-1810 in Ireland)
 

Name: Ann Bowler <labowler@mchsi.com>
Date: 2009-05-16
When did your ancestors come to Chicago? Fort Dodge, Webster County, Iowa
Any surnames you want to list? (Searchable!) Harbeck
Comments:
This surname has several deviants: Horback, Horbach, Harback, Harbeck. Specifically, I am looking for Charles with one of these spellings. Ann Bowler
 

Name: Sue Ellen McKenzie Bolt <Bolt3229@comcast.net>
Date: 2009-05-11
Who are your Oak Park ancestors? Roesner
When did your ancestors come to Chicago? 1890's
Any surnames you want to list? (Searchable!) Roesner
Comments:
Siegmund Roesner owned a tool and die company in Oak Park.
I am trying to find out the address of where that was located. He moved to Roselle at one point and that is where he died in 1969.

 

Name: Cheryl Kale <cheryl_kale2000@yahoo.com>
Date: 2009-03-03
Who are your Oak Park ancestors? George Thomas
Any surnames you want to list? (Searchable!) Thomas
Comments:
He died 12/20/1893 from Austin. He was in Chicago Trib 12/22/1893 but the info re funeral never was printed. I've checked all online Tribs thru 12/31. Burial was Forest Home & they say funeral director was C Kempp & Son. They are out of business and I can't find any current director who claims the records. Was this obit perhaps in the Oak Park Leaves?
 

Name: Kenneth Lavin <kingtut0711@yahoo.com>
Date: 2009-01-15
Who are your Oak Park ancestors? Lavin
When did your ancestors come to Chicago? 1904
Any surnames you want to list? (Searchable!) Lavin and Sullivan
Comments:
Looking for info on grand parents Thomas and Mary Ann Lavin who arrived from England between 1904 and 1905. Looking for info on great grand parents John and Margaret Sullivan who arrived from Ireland between 1885 and 1889.

Last known address for Lavin family was 1936 Harper Avenue.Last known address for Sullivan family was 28 Stoney Island Avenue.

 

Name: Liz Grapentine <lizgrape@sbcglobal.net>
Date: 2008-01-02
Who are your Oak Park ancestors? Too many to list
When did your ancestors come to Chicago? 1850s
Comments:
Hey Ellen, I didn't know you were into genealogy!
 

Name: Joyce Brewer <laveta35@insightbb.com>
Date: 2007-12-04
Who are your Oak Park ancestors? Anderson
When did your ancestors come to Chicago? unknown
Any surnames you want to list? (Searchable!) Anderson
Comments:
searching fo an obit. for a friend --Harrison Anderson b. 29 Jan 1943 in Ark. died 10 Jan 2005 in Chicago, Cook Co. IL Last residence zip code is 60618-S.S no 328-34-4030.
thanks ,Joyce

 

Name: Barbara Juhl <bjuhl58@grics.net>
Date: 2007-10-22
Who are your Oak Park ancestors? Louis & Louisa Kunzer
When did your ancestors come to Chicago? Not sure
Comments:
Louis Kunzer was a brother to my Grandfather (Henry Kunzer).
Louis & Louisa Kunzer lived at; 2930 Ridgeway ( I think thats the right address) in Oak Park, IL.

 

Name: Shirley Maynard <MaeMay510@aol.com>
Date: 2007-09-26
Who are your Oak Park ancestors? Cousin, Howard Davis
When did your ancestors come to Chicago? between 1910 and 1920
Any surnames you want to list? (Searchable!) DAVIS
Comments:
DAVIS
BRIGGS
DeVOS

 

Name: Julia Goodwin <juliagoodwin@sbcglobal.net>
Date: 2007-09-17
Any surnames you want to list? (Searchable!) Ripley
Comments:
I'm actually looking for information on Anne Ripley, born in OP and later married Dr. Bob Smith, co-founder of Alcoholics Anonymous.

Your kindness is appreciated!

 

Name: Hale Hamilton <halehamilton@sbcglobal.net>
Date: 2007-08-14
Who are your Oak Park ancestors? Hamiltons, Raymonds, Shufeldts
When did your ancestors come to Chicago? 1834
Any surnames you want to list? (Searchable!) Hamilton, Raymond, Shufeldt
Comments:
My gr gr grandfather, Richard Jones Hamilton emigrated to Chicago from Brownsville, IL in 1834, and was the first or second attorney in Chicago. His 2nd wife was Harriett Louise Hubbard, sister of Ann Hubbard who married Gurdon Saltonstall Hubbard as his 2nd wife. GS Hubbard was another early Chicagoan. My gr grandfather was Henry Edward Hamilton who died in Oak Park in 1924, and my grandfather was Henry Raymond Hamilton who founded Nubian Paint and Varnish Co. later sold to the Glidden Paint Co. He was born in Chicago in 1861 and died in Oak Park in 1940. Both my grandfather and gr grandfather were Presidents of the village of Oak Park at ont time or another.
 

Name: Jerri Sokolowski <oyski@cox.net>
Date: 2007-07-21
Who are your Oak Park ancestors? Im the only connection with OakPk-that I know of
When did your ancestors come to Chicago? early 1900s
Any surnames you want to list? (Searchable!) Sokolowski / Vitt
Comments:
I was born at West Suburban Hosp. in Oak Park, IL
 

Name: Rose Marie VIERA Quinn <riponrosie@aol.com>
Date: 2007-07-09
Who are your Oak Park ancestors? quinn
When did your ancestors come to Chicago? ?
Comments:
Good site thanks,keep up the good work. Rose Marie
 

Name: Rose Marie VIERA Quinn <riponrosie@aol.com>
Date: 2007-07-09
Who are your Oak Park ancestors? quinn
When did your ancestors come to Chicago? ?
Comments:
Good site thanks,keep up the good work. Rose Marie
 

Name: Marilyn Walz <mimwal@charter.net>
Date: 2007-07-08
Who are your Oak Park ancestors? John H. and Lena Burns
Comments:

John H. and Lena Burns were listed in my mother's address book as living at 809 Gunderson Ave, Oak Park, Il - I am doing genealogy and mother being an only child I only have her address book to go on.
Any infomation you can give me will be appreciated.
Thank you so much

 

Name: Rita Keefe Rados <rtrados@yahoo.com>
Date: 2007-06-05
Who are your Oak Park ancestors? James and Anna Keefe
When did your ancestors come to Chicago? about 1885
Any surnames you want to list? (Searchable!) Keefe
Comments:
I would like any information on a fire at our flat over a store on Roosevelt Rd (6636 w) about the year 1939
 

Name: Nancy Fiore <nancy_fiore@yahoo.com>
Date: 2007-05-31
Who are your Oak Park ancestors? Conn and Rita Miller
When did your ancestors come to Chicago? 1853
Any surnames you want to list? (Searchable!) Catherine Crean
Comments:
I think Rita Stevens was the maiden name. Conn was Constantine, I believe. They were related to Napoleon and Ann Crean and their children, etc. but I can't figure out how unless it was their daughter Catherine Crean. We also had an Aunt Lewis who may have raised Conn Miller.
 

Name: Lisbeth Lykke Jensen <brunostaxi@c.dk>
Date: 2007-05-05
When did your ancestors come to Chicago? 1904-1905
Any surnames you want to list? (Searchable!) Christensen, Hougaard
Comments:
I need help in Chicago. But I do not know where in Chicago..

Secilie Kathrine Christensen, born in Denmark 1885 Oct 8th. She came to Chicago 1905 and married (where and when?(before 1910)) Niels Nielsen Hougaard - also danish. They lived 1448 Lotus Avenue. Niels worked at the Edison Co. more than 25 years. Both lived 1950. My mother says both were passed away in 1960, but we have no information.

Christian Pedersen Christensen, born in Denmark 1886 Nov. 19th. Chris came over in 1904, to West Pullman - Chicago Illinois to: (Brother George Hansen?). Wife called Karen, but I have no more informations about Karen and I do not know where or when they passed away.

Can you help me, or do you have any good ideas where to try?? I live in Denmark.
Lisbeth

 

Name: John Pickrell <jmpickrell@earthlink.net>
Date: 2007-04-29
Who are your Oak Park ancestors? John M. Pickrell, Sr& Viola May Pickrell
When did your ancestors come to Chicago? 1930's
Any surnames you want to list? (Searchable!) Henry H. Pickrell
Comments:
Thanks.
 

Name: Rene <blaine@sasktel.net>
Date: 2007-02-09
Who are your Oak Park ancestors? William & Isabelle Lees
When did your ancestors come to Chicago? likely about 1890 or so.
Any surnames you want to list? (Searchable!) Lees, Magoon, Dicker
Comments:
William and Isabelle Lees had two daughters. Mabel who married a dentist named Lloyd Magoon, and Grace who married Edward Dicker. Believe all lived in Oak Park or vicinity.
 

Name: Joan Mueller <Joanie1800@yahoo.com>
Date: 2007-01-20
Who are your Oak Park ancestors? Bertha Mueller
When did your ancestors come to Chicago? 1876
Any surnames you want to list? (Searchable!) Mueller, Seamon
Comments:
Just a quick thank you for taking time out of your busy life and post this information. I was thrilled to find my Grandmothers name listed. Thank you again. Joanne
 

Name: Pat Sherman <sunshine541@peoplepc.com>
Date: 2007-01-19
Who are your Oak Park ancestors? Nannie C. Johnson
Comments:
Trying to find Nannie Johnson. Married to John W. Johnson, Shelby County.Born Nannie Cline- Klein. April(?) 1831 Illinois. State shows a Nannie C. Johnson died 1917 - 01 - 02 Oak Park, Cook county, Illinois. Is this the right one? Great site Thanls Pat
 

Name: Tom Draus <tjdraus@mhtc.net>
Date: 2006-12-09
Who are your Oak Park ancestors? fitz Randolph
When did your ancestors come to Chicago? don't know
Comments:
very good site
 

Name: Sally Hemphill DuBray <sdubray207@msn.com>
Date: 2006-08-16
Who are your Oak Park ancestors? Judson & Theresa Nixon Ash, ch: Robert, Charles, Mary Violette Ash Hemphill m John Hemphill
When did your ancestors come to Chicago? abt 1860
Any surnames you want to list? (Searchable!) Ash, Nixon, Lawson, Hemphill
Comments:
Thank you for your work! Great website! Chas Ash name is in there for grad. fun!
Judson & Teresa Ash lived at 544 Oak Park Av.
I went to kindergarten in Oak Park, lived on 3rd story of old apt bldg in Cicero 1954...
my other ancestor names from Chicago, not specifically from Oak Park: Martin & Rohanna Nixon Lawson, Eric & Clara Lawson Griswold.

 

Name: Linda Rutz <coyotelin47@yahoo.com>
Date: 2006-05-07
Who are your Oak Park ancestors? Gould
When did your ancestors come to Chicago? btw 1850 & 1900
Any surnames you want to list? (Searchable!) Gould, Francis LeRoy (Frank) and Julius Neubauer (Pauline) Rudolph Neubauer(Lizzie), Elsie Neubauer Huxhold (husb.George)
Comments:
Didn't realize I had any Oak Park ancestors. My mother b. 1924 SD went to West Suburban Hosp. Nursing School in the mid 40's. In 1949 when I was almost 2yrs old. Moved from Chicago to Winfield where we lived unitl Oct 1968. I graduated from West Chicago H.S. in 1965. I found LeRoy Gould in Directory Oak Park 7012 Washington, RF Nov 1 1910. I have a Francis LeRoy Gould in my history. He was born 1-27-1850 in NH and married Mary B Slattery b 1-25-1858 in Chicago. Can't find their Chicago marriage date. Have one as 9-25-1876 but no proof. Gould is my Grandmother's married name her maiden name was Neubauer. They immigrated in 1800's to Chicago from Germany. Julius Neubauer her father was a locksmith and when he retired they moved to Maywood IL and also had a house out in Winfield IL. My dad was born in the Winfield house.
So if you find anyone with the above information I'd appreciate a notice. You have a neat site. Thanks Linda Rutz Tucson AZ

 

Name: Loretta McKee <lorellen@comcast.net>
Date: 2006-05-05
Who are your Oak Park ancestors? McKee, Feeney
When did your ancestors come to Chicago? 20's and 30's
Any surnames you want to list? (Searchable!) Feeney
Comments:
My Dad's cousin was Bernard Feeney and I know they lived in Oak Park in the early part of the 20th century. I can't find what ever happened to them. I have a picture of their house in Oak Park but it is buried somewhere in all the important STUFF. I will dig it out if it will help; it amy have an address on it. Thanks. Loretta McKee
 

Name: Nadine Rieman <nbrieman2@aol.com>
Date: 2006-04-26
Who are your Oak Park ancestors? Roy Horton
When did your ancestors come to Chicago? 1922
Any surnames you want to list? (Searchable!) Horton
Comments:
Roy Horton was my gr grandfather. He died Jan 18, 1929 in Chicago. According to his death certificate he lived at
3301 Cottage Grove Ave. His wife's name was Catherine. I'd love to find his obituary. From the info I have there might be a chance he was buried in NY but his death certificate statess\ Memorial Park cem in Evanston Ill. Jan 22, 1929. I don't know if this is in the Oak Park region or not. Thank you for any help you can give

 

Name: Evans Wells <e2wells@netsignia.net>
Date: 2006-04-12
Who are your Oak Park ancestors? Gardner
When did your ancestors come to Chicago? late 1890,s
Comments:
Will you get me copies of these items listed in the index?:
Gardner, Boyd Article Oak Leaves Registered Men June 18, 1918
Gardner, Boyd 134 S Lombard Newly Registered Men Oak Leaves July 13, 1918
Gardner, Boyd B (Bertha) Directory Oak Park fireman, 1045 S Ridgeland


 

Name: Robert F.Murdock <bobtyrra@comcast.net>
Date: 2006-03-21
Who are your Oak Park ancestors? Murdock & Schau
When did your ancestors come to Chicago? 1865(Murdock);Schau(1899+-)
Any surnames you want to list? (Searchable!) Schau ( aka: Skaugh) ; Murdock
Comments:
Thank you for your help.
 

Name: Patty Pretzell-Harrop <Papretzell@aol.com>
Date: 2006-03-01
Who are your Oak Park ancestors? Pretzel
When did your ancestors come to Chicago? 1902
Any surnames you want to list? (Searchable!) Heldt ,Dittmann,Pigors,Sherekis
Comments:
Searching Pratzel, Pretzel, Pretzell <br>Patty Pretzell-Harrop
 

Name: Patty Pretzell-Harrop <Papretzell@aol.com>
Date: 2006-03-01
Who are your Oak Park ancestors? Pretzel
When did your ancestors come to Chicago? 1902
Any surnames you want to list? (Searchable!) Heldt ,Dittmann,Pigors,Sherekis
Comments:
Searching Pratzel, Pretzel, Pretzell <br>Patty Pretzell-Harrop
 

Name: Justine Still <jkstill@comcast.net>
Date: 2006-02-26
Who are your Oak Park ancestors? Blossey; Tribolet; Tente
When did your ancestors come to Chicago? 1881
Any surnames you want to list? (Searchable!) Blossey; Tribolet; Tente
Comments:
Thank you for helping if you can!! I just started and am new at this. I do know that my grandfather William Albert Blossey was born in 1891 in Oak Park, and My great-great grandparents were living in Cook Co. during the 1880 census and possibly my grandmother ( Tribolet ). Thanks.
 

Name: Ann Moro <anncmoro@aol.com>
Date: 2006-02-04
When did your ancestors come to Chicago? 188?
Any surnames you want to list? (Searchable!) Piske, Biske, Lilifeld, Lilaveld
Comments:
Wonderful place. I wish my ancestors were from Oak Park.
How simple it would be. Ann Moro

 

Name: erna Bosley <ernabosley@gmail.com>
Date: 2006-02-04
When did your ancestors come to Chicago? 1874
Any surnames you want to list? (Searchable!) Wenzel
Comments:
Hello Ellen,
THis is not in the Oak Park territory, but would you know anyone, who searches in Arlington Heights? I am trying to document a possible realtionship with Friedrich Wenzel and August Wenzel, his son. How do I go about finding out, just where they came from? I have their arrival in the USA and that both of them and their families lived at Arlington Heights at one time or another. Actually, It looks like Friedrich (Frederic) lived in Dupage County when he and his family first arrived in the States in 1873 on the ship Prince Albert from Germany to New YOrk. It shows that he was naturalized while living in Dupage Co. I have Frederic's death cert, which doesn't tell anything new. Could you help me document my quest. Thank you , Erna

 

Name: erna Bosley <ernabosley@gmail.com>
Date: 2006-02-04
When did your ancestors come to Chicago? 1890
Any surnames you want to list? (Searchable!) Simon Adamczik
Comments:
Hello Ellen,
THis is not in the Oak Park territory, but would you know anyone, who searches in Arlington Heights? I am trying to document a possible realtionship with Friedrich Wenzel and August Wenzel, his son. How do I go about finding out, just where they came from? I have their arrival in the USA and that both of them and their families lived at Arlington Heights at one time or another. Actually, It looks like Friedrich (Frederic) lived in Dupage County when he and his family first arrived in the States in 1873 on the ship Prince Albert from Germany to New YOrk. It shows that he was naturalized while living in Dupage Co. I have Frederic's death cert, which doesn't tell anything new. Could you help me document my quest. Thank you , Erna

 

Name: Merrily Staats <mavmom18@aol.com>
Date: 2006-01-22
Who are your Oak Park ancestors? Moritz & Ida Mommsen
When did your ancestors come to Chicago? 1913
Any surnames you want to list? (Searchable!) Mommsen, Fodor, Becker, Burton
Comments:
I am searching for cousins I have not seen since the 1960's.
 

Name: Margery E. Reynolds <maxrey12Juno.com>
Date: 2006-01-09
Who are your Oak Park ancestors? William P. Reynolds; William T. Reynolds
When did your ancestors come to Chicago? 1860s
Comments:
My great-grandfather, William Reynolds died at Illinois State Hospital at Dunning on March 1, 1904. There is no record of the death other than a burial certificate at Calvary Cemetery that states he was buried on March 4, 1904.
Believe me have tried Bureau of Vital Statistics many times.

 

Name: Margery E. Reynolds <maxrey12Juno.com>
Date: 2006-01-09
Who are your Oak Park ancestors? William P. Reynolds; William T. Reynolds
When did your ancestors come to Chicago? 1860s
Comments:
My great-grandfather, William Reynolds died at Illinois State Hospital at Dunning on March 1, 1904. There is no record of the death other than a burial certificate at Calvary Cemetery. Believe me have tried Bureau of Vital Statistics many times.
 

Name: Pat (Quinlan ) Novak <pnovak@coin.org>
Date: 2005-12-28
Comments:
I was born and raised in Oak Park Illinois at the north east conner of Van Buren And Grove and went to Ascension Catholic school and Church and I do visit many times and go to see the house everytime I'am up there. Pat Novak
 

Name: Marilyn Zelner Carter <treeclimbers@bellsouth.net>
Date: 2005-12-22
Comments:
Came across your website while looking for some miscellaneous date. Just wanted to say you have done a fantastic job in compiling this much information. Give yourself a big pat on the back.

Marilyn

 

Name: Joan Bernard <hannajoan@aol.com>
Date: 2005-12-11
Who are your Oak Park ancestors? William and Bertha Lahn
When did your ancestors come to Chicago? 1872
Any surnames you want to list? (Searchable!) Ruback, Schoenrock, Tomnitz
Comments:
Would like to share information with anyone searching the above surnames.
 

Name: larry dodds <larrydodds@shaw.ca>
Date: 2005-10-22
Who are your Oak Park ancestors? Robert B. WALLACE
Any surnames you want to list? (Searchable!) wallace
Comments:
your entry Wallace R B Directory 719 South Blvd January 1, 1916. He died 8 Apr 1951. looking for descendants, obits. thanks. any info appreciated.
 

Name: Judy Mitchell <judym57@qwest.net>
Date: 2005-10-09
When did your ancestors come to Chicago? Abt. 1870s
Any surnames you want to list? (Searchable!) Guest, Hopfstock, Boettcher
Comments:
Augusta Seastrom Hopfstock, b. 1856 Sweden; resident of Chicago - d. aft 1920.
daughter Edna E Hopfstock: b. 17 Jul 1894 Cook IL; m. 1901 Walter Leroy Guest: b. Nov 1892 - d. 28 Apr 1958 Cook IL - Chicago/Telephone Co.
daughter Gertrude J Hopfstock: b. 1879 Cook IL - d. Jan 1954 Chicago; m. Robert H Jones: b. Canada - d. Aft 1920 Chicago.
Parents of Walter Guest: Maude Femco and Charles F Boettcher.
Jean Guest: B. Jun 1918 - Merriel Abbott Dancer 1922-1944; Palmer House Chicago

 

Name: susan rigg <viperk79@aol.com>
Date: 2005-09-18
When did your ancestors come to Chicago? 1880's
Any surnames you want to list? (Searchable!) Studenroth
Comments:
Adam studenroth d: mar 30, 1928 Chicago Illinois

Martin studenroth b:1882 chicago d:1963 chicago
adam(arthur) studenroth b:1885 chicago d:1920chicago
anna studenroth b:1887 chicago
olga b:1889 chicago d:1979 cook county
clara studenroth b: 1891 chicago
elsie studenroth b: 1893 chicago d:1962 chicago
walter studenroth b: 1902 chicago

 

Name: Shirley Howell <foxwalking_42@hotmail.com>
Date: 2005-08-08
Who are your Oak Park ancestors? Byrd Ingalls
When did your ancestors come to Chicago? 1907
Any surnames you want to list? (Searchable!) Miller
Comments:
Byrd was born Bertha V.V. Ingalls. She married Ira Ingalls, Between 1907 and 1920 she married a John Flynn and a John Miller. In 1920 she is listed as a widow. She has spelled her firstt name Byrd, Bird, Birdie, Bird, Birt.
 

Name: Deidre Basham aka Dee <dcb_1@charter.net>
Date: 2005-08-04
Who are your Oak Park ancestors? Edith Clementine Manning Frankovich
When did your ancestors come to Chicago? 1948-1950ish
Any surnames you want to list? (Searchable!) Mannings, Bakers, Hendersons,
Comments:
I really can't say what year she came to Chicago and don't know if I have the last name spelled correctly. That is the way it was pronounced so we have tried to spell it. Her son allso died and his name was James and husband has also passed away so if you could find any thing on them would appreciate it. Can't say if they were in Oak Park or not. The County starts with a c or could it be cook county. I just know they were in Chicago. They have all passed away and the daughter-in-law and granddaughter is still there but I don't know there names.
We were never around them any. Just aunt Edith nad Uncle Lotsie, and their son James aka Jimmy.
Thank you and God Bless

Dee

 

Name: Carina Hansson <carina@oderup.se>
Date: 2005-07-08
Who are your Oak Park ancestors? My grandmothers grandmothers brothers
When did your ancestors come to Chicago? august 1902
Any surnames you want to list? (Searchable!) Jonason, Jonasson, Johnson
Comments:
Axel Gottfrid Jonasson, born 1883 in Lund Sweden went to: Uncle L Nordstrom in Chicago 1902 after that he went to Milwaukee, lived on 612 Hanover St. when his brother his brother Carl August Jonasson born 1886, joined him 1905. What happened to them in USA, are there any family left?
 

Name: Dawna McClendon <mccle@centurytel.net>
Date: 2005-07-06
Who are your Oak Park ancestors? Wilson/Stevens/Barce;eaux
When did your ancestors come to Chicago? about 1910
Any surnames you want to list? (Searchable!) Scherer
Comments:
I'm looking for any information on: James and Rachel Wilson, their children; Norris Stevens, William and Susan Stevens, George and Marjorie Wilson, Nettie and James Barceleaux, James and Harriet Wilson, Anna and Benjamin Michael. Also looking for information on Charles and Mary Scherer, their children; Kate, Charles Jr. and George.
 

Name: jorgen hansen <jorgen.hansen@teliamail.dk>
Date: 2005-06-26
Who are your Oak Park ancestors? christian olsen
When did your ancestors come to Chicago? 1891
Any surnames you want to list? (Searchable!) Laechel
Comments:
My grandfather was burrid Oakwoods aug.16 1915.
Ruth Laechel is a daughter of Christian and Hulda Olsen.

 

Name: Dorothy Scott <dorothyscott@webtv.com>
Date: 2005-06-25
Who are your Oak Park ancestors? Horace and Alice Meissner Batezel
When did your ancestors come to Chicago? He came in 1920's from PA
Any surnames you want to list? (Searchable!) Batezel, Meissner
Comments:
Horace Batezel lived at 911 N. Euclid in late 1920's Horace and Alice lived at 1023 Bonnie Brae in 1930 then totally disappeared. She died in 1950. Her parents Chris and Ida Meissner came from Germany late 1800's amd lived on Augusta St. and later Division. The Meissner parents are buried at Concordia Cemetery but don't know whatever happed to my Uncle Horace. Many thanks for this site! I live in CA.
 

Name: Cathy Sherry <cathsherry@mac.com>
Date: 2005-06-08
Who are your Oak Park ancestors? Butlers
When did your ancestors come to Chicago? 1840's
Any surnames you want to list? (Searchable!) Butler
Comments:
Thank you for any information you can provide.
 

Name: Noreen Johnson <noreenejohnson@yahoo.com>
Date: 2005-05-29
Who are your Oak Park ancestors? ?
When did your ancestors come to Chicago? ?
Any surnames you want to list? (Searchable!) Fray
Comments:
Searching for my mother's mother. Any help about Lillian Fray would be greatly appreciated.

Thank you

 

Name: Willie <williesweb@softcom.net>
Date: 2005-05-18
Any surnames you want to list? (Searchable!) Wright
Comments:
I am looking for John Lewellyn or Lewellyn John Wright. He had a brother named Clayton and a sister named Dorothy I think
 

Name: Patty Pretzell-Harrop <Papretzell@aol.com>
Date: 2005-05-17
Who are your Oak Park ancestors? Pretzell / Heldt
When did your ancestors come to Chicago? 1900/ 1902
Any surnames you want to list? (Searchable!) Pretzel Sherekis Heldt
Comments:
The Pretzell Family Johannes, Augusta, Clara and Johann PRETZELl (Pretzel) arrived at Ellis Island in 1902.
The spelling on the Ellis island records is incorrect.
They wrote a (B) Bretzel should be (P) Pretzel

 

Name: Joan Henzler de Soto <casasanmiguel@aol.com>
Date: 2005-05-05
Who are your Oak Park ancestors? Bessie & Frank Henzler
When did your ancestors come to Chicago? 1870
Any surnames you want to list? (Searchable!) Gail Anderson
Comments:
We lived in Oak Park on 1847 Newcastle Avenue. My dad owned Portgage Park Realty. We lived across the street from the Anderson family. Gails sister married Bill Becker next store. I went to Sayre School. I have done all our genealogy
in Chicago. We moved to California, when I was a teen. So, if anyone can help me find Gail I would be grateful.

 

Name: Margaret LaGue-Hobler <mmguehob@bright.net>
Date: 2005-05-03
Who are your Oak Park ancestors? Ulrich LaFortune
When did your ancestors come to Chicago? 1879
Any surnames you want to list? (Searchable!) Senez, LeBel
Comments:
Margaret Lague-Hobler
 

Name: Deborah Bowen <shyarrow@mchsi.com>
Date: 2005-04-08
Who are your Oak Park ancestors? Harriet Mae Seymour Hartman and husband John D. Hartman
When did your ancestors come to Chicago? early 1900's through the 1930's or maybe early 40's
Any surnames you want to list? (Searchable!) Hartman, Seymour,
Comments:
These two are my "brick wall". I'd love to find an obituary for Harriet and John Hartman or any other information! They lived at 4936 N.(or W?) Erie Street in Chicago, Illinois in 1931, but which must have "become" Oak Park or else they moved to Oak Park after that date, because some of her correspondence items/envelopes from that time period in her own hand list Chicago. The postmark lists "Austin Station".
 

Name: Margie Bange <margie_bange@yahoo.com>
Date: 2005-04-02
Who are your Oak Park ancestors? Frank Casurella (born 1923)
When did your ancestors come to Chicago? 1890's?
Comments:
We're having trouble finding out the original spelling of our last name. My great-grandparents (Rocco and Theresa) came from Trivigno, Italy (near Naples). Somewhere along the way, they lost the original spelling of the last name. My great-uncle, Joseph Casurella, was born in Italy in 1888 or 89. My grandfather, Frank, was born in Chicago in 1896. I've tried researching passenger manifests from Naples to NY, but haven't found anything; this project seems hopeless!
 

Name: Kiitty LaPointe <duckeecps@aol.com>
Date: 2005-03-12
Who are your Oak Park ancestors? Hahn, Eichhorst, Eckert, King
Comments:
All of the ancesters listed came to city of Chicago; some
from Germany, some from New York. Random Acts of Kindness is a great site!!!

 

Name: Jan Cooper-Moren <jmarie1962@hotmail.com>
Date: 2005-02-21
Who are your Oak Park ancestors? Carl Anderson
When did your ancestors come to Chicago? unknown
Any surnames you want to list? (Searchable!) Anderson
Comments:
Based on SS Death index published, I believe it's possible that my great uncle, Carl Anderson came to Cook County, which is where he is on record having last lived. I do not know spouse's name or whether he had any children. I'm hoping to find out.
 

Name: Julie Chitwood <b.chitwood@mchsi.com>
Date: 2005-01-18
Who are your Oak Park ancestors? Gehrandt, Farhney, Hills
When did your ancestors come to Chicago? 1900's
Any surnames you want to list? (Searchable!) Gehrandt, Farhney
Comments:
Dr. Peter Farhney lost a building in the Chicago Fire - his granddaughter was Merry/Mary Farhney who, among many others, married Oleg Cassini.
Gustav Gehrandt married Olive Hills, the daughter of George & Louise (Burkhart) Hills.

 

Name: Deanna <deanna@deltatechservices.com>
Date: 2005-01-10
When did your ancestors come to Chicago? don't know
Any surnames you want to list? (Searchable!) Heise
Comments:
Just know George Heise left Canada and settled in Chicago.
born May 1899 Ontario Canada--am looking for info

 

Name: shelley stroschein <c.stroschein@comcast.net>
Date: 2005-01-08
Who are your Oak Park ancestors? wilhelm and rosalie stroschein
When did your ancestors come to Chicago? abt 1900
Any surnames you want to list? (Searchable!) stroschein, winter
Comments:
these are my husband's great grandparents.Wilhelm was a carpenter from germany we suppose. his wife's brother was a Winter . His family came over and listed Wilhelm as the person they would contact or live with in America.Wilhelm attended St. John's Ev. Lutheran Church in Forest Park
 

Name: shelley stroschein <c.stroschein@comcast.net>
Date: 2005-01-08
Who are your Oak Park ancestors? wilhelm and rosalie stroschein
When did your ancestors come to Chicago? abt 1900
Any surnames you want to list? (Searchable!) stroschein, winter
Comments:
these are my husband's great grandparents.Wilhelm was a carpenter from germany we suppose. his wife's brother was a Winter . His family came over and listed Wilhelm as the person they would contact or live with in America.Wilhelm attended St. John's Ev. Lutheran Church in F.P.
 

Name: Karel Buck <kmdcb@aol.com>
Date: 2005-01-07
Who are your Oak Park ancestors? Lucy Schucardt
When did your ancestors come to Chicago? about 1902
Comments:
You have Lucy listed as having an obituary in "Oak Leaves". Could you tell me how I can get a copy of that obituary. Lucy was a Scheible whose grandparents and father came from Laichingen in Wuerttemberg. Lucy's brother, George, is my grandfather. I am doing a rather extensive research on the Scheible's and am anxious to know more about Lucy who married Henry/Herman Schuchardt in Sheboygan, Wisconsin. I am more than happy to pay whatever fees are necessary. Thank you for any help you can give me.
 

Name: Karen <silence@bright.net>
Date: 2005-01-04
Who are your Oak Park ancestors? Griffin & Rose
Any surnames you want to list? (Searchable!) Griffin
Comments:
Looking for information on Lawrence GRIFFIN, born about 1935. Had a baby Dec. 25, 1956. Married? Anna ROSE. Lived in/near Oak Park abt 1956.
 

Name: Don Barth <djbarth@copper.net>
Date: 2005-01-01
Who are your Oak Park ancestors? Albers nee Hansen
Any surnames you want to list? (Searchable!) Albers
Comments:
I am trying to locate descendents of August Albers(d:7-18-1950 and his wife Regina Hansen Albers (d: 3-28-1958) they resided at 835 Forest Ave in Oak Park and are both buried in Glen Oak Cemetery. I would like to locate (1) a marriage date for August and Regina and obits. Thank you for your RA
 

Name: Joanne Jones <jojones39@yahoo.com>
Date: 2004-12-08
Who are your Oak Park ancestors? Spohnholtz's
When did your ancestors come to Chicago? not sure
Comments:
My grandparents John William and Fredericka Spohnholtz nee Eggebrecht, lived at 514 Clarence street. My father went to Oak Park high school and an uncle either Walter or Harry was on the police force. There was a breach in the family and I never knew any of my uncles. I am now trying to find as much about my family as possible. There is a park I think down on Lake street, that has a war an old war memorial in it and one of my uncles name on it. I am 65 years old now and wish I'd asked more questions while my father was still alive.
 

Name: Marilyn Masterson Andrus <marilynandrus@aol.com>
Date: 2004-12-06
Who are your Oak Park ancestors? Edward L. Masterson
When did your ancestors come to Chicago? Born there 1892-1894
Any surnames you want to list? (Searchable!) Masterson, Larson, Anderson, Lanham, Rock
Comments:
I am trying to research my birth family (I was adopted). They lived on Woodbine in Oak Park in 1917, maybe before and after.
 

Name: Marilyn Masterson Andrus <marilynandrus@aol.com>
Date: 2004-12-06
Who are your Oak Park ancestors? Edward L. Masterson
When did your ancestors come to Chicago? Born there
Any surnames you want to list? (Searchable!) Masterson, Larson, Anderson, Lanham, Rock
Comments:
I am trying to research my birth family (I was adopted). They lived on Woodbine in Oak Park in 1917, maybe before and after.
 

Name: Cleona Thomas <cleonathomas@hotmail.com>
Date: 2004-11-19
Who are your Oak Park ancestors? Eggert
When did your ancestors come to Chicago? 1873
Any surnames you want to list? (Searchable!) Goddard
Comments:
Looking for any information on Henry and Fannie Goddard(they came to Chicago in 1883 from England and looking for the 8th living child born to Fannie sometime between 1882 and 1886. I know Charlotte, Ethel, Gertrude, Florence, Alexander, George and Gladys. Ludwig and Ricka Eggert came in 1872 or 1873; she died and he married her sister; Sophia. Would like to know any information about either family. Thank you. Cleo Thomas
 

Name: Mary Cummins <marybob55@aol.com>
Date: 2004-10-23
Comments:
I am looking for the Dr Benjamin Zahn who die Feb 10, 1958. I believe his obituary is Feb 13, 1958. Also looking for Stanley Gordon who died August 1980. Both in Oak Park. We can not find what Cemetery they are buried in.
 

Name: george wise <georgewise@yahoo.com>
Date: 2004-09-23
Who are your Oak Park ancestors? Daniels, Zimba
When did your ancestors come to Chicago? 1880's?
Any surnames you want to list? (Searchable!) daniels, zimba
Comments:
My mother was born in Oak Park. We cannot read the hospital's name. The last part of the name of the hospital looks like organ or something like that. The doctor's name was WE Potter. the address of the parents (Thaddius Daniels and Josephine Zicmba is shown as 10 Bonnie Brae, River Forest, Ill. He may have been born either in Ill. or Indiana, she in Austria. We can't find any info. on his heritage at all. If you can provide any info. it would be appreciated.
 

Name: Alison Kozar <alibikes@charter.net>
Date: 2004-09-14
Who are your Oak Park ancestors? Alice G. Wolter (GMother) William F. Wolter (GGFather)
When did your ancestors come to Chicago? About. 1860
Comments:
My Great Great Grandfather William Frederick Wolter was born in Chicago about 1865. His Father, William came over from Mecklenburg Germany and his mother Frederica from Prussia.
 

Name: Randy Hitzroth-White <rwhitz@interlog.com>
Date: 2004-09-06
Who are your Oak Park ancestors? HITZEROTH, Lorenz & Jean
When did your ancestors come to Chicago? circa 1927
Any surnames you want to list? (Searchable!) HITZEROTH, PARSLEY
Comments:
I'm researching the family of Lorenz C. HITZEROTH (1893, San Francisco-1957?), son of Lorenz Davenport and Mary (Kilgariff) formerly of San Franscico, and his wife Jean nee PARSLEY (1900-1974) who, before her marriage to Lorenz in 1930, was married to a Mr. COOK. The family lived on N. Parkside, Oak Park most of their lives. They had no children.
Thank you.

Randy

 

Name: Mike Downey <mike.downey@handera.com>
Date: 2004-07-31
Who are your Oak Park ancestors? McBrides living on Ferdinand Ave
When did your ancestors come to Chicago? between 1894-1906, may have lived in Elgin for a time after 1894
Any surnames you want to list? (Searchable!) John M. McBride; Catherine C. McBride; Catherine McBride; Harvey McBride; Thomas Edward McBride
Comments:
John M. McBride was an attorney. John was born in Elgin IL, and his father was Thomas and Rebecca Robinson McBride. Thomas and the other sons in the family eventually operated almost 20 businesses in the Elgin area. John and his wife, Catherine "Kitty" McBride (my great great aunt) left the Elgin area around 1878, traveled to Omaha NE to be married then moved to Miles City MT, where he was a probate judge, Justice of the Peace and attorney. His brother-in-law who married my other great great aunt (Maj. Abernethy and Mary Downey Grover) was appointed by Grover Cleveland to be US Land Office Dir for the Montana Territory. The period they were there corresponds to the real wild west you read about in books.
Maj. Grover died in 1894, and John and Kitty McBride moved back to the Elgin area some time between 1894-1896. By 1907 they listed Chicago as their address.

 

Name: Monica Staversjo <mstaversjoATyahoo.com>
Date: 2004-07-23
Who are your Oak Park ancestors? ?
When did your ancestors come to Chicago? 1891 - port of NY
Any surnames you want to list? (Searchable!) Gustafson/Gustafsson
Comments:
Searching for my grandmother's uncle Oskar Albin Gustafson (born Oct 19,1865), who left Sweden in 1891 with destination "Chicago". Have no other facts on him and it seems like he has completely vanished from the face of the earth the moment he arrived at the port in NY (April 13, 1891)... Any suggestions as to searchable sites appreciated! Thanks!
 

Name: Dotty <skilfulaxe@ev1.net>
Date: 2004-07-14
Who are your Oak Park ancestors? none
When did your ancestors come to Chicago? 1899, 1903
Any surnames you want to list? (Searchable!) no
Comments:
Thanks for being there for those in need from a fellow Genealogist from Cook County.
 

Name: Marlene Hurney <marsmemories@sio.midco.net>
Date: 2004-06-24
Who are your Oak Park ancestors? (John Carl) Chas Meyer; Elisabeth Wille
When did your ancestors come to Chicago? June 1872
Any surnames you want to list? (Searchable!) Meyer, Wille
Comments:
My great grandfather, John Carl MEYER who went by Chas. Meyer was born on December 31, 1838 in Eldena, Mecklenburg, Germany. My great grandmother, Elisabeth Wille, was born on April 8, 1852 and said they were from Hansen, Uelzen, Luneburg, Niedersachen, Germany. We donot know where she was born. Chas and Elisabeth came to New York on the ship Vandalia from Hamburg on May 4, 1872 arriving on May 27, 1872. We find them married at the First Zion Lutheran Church downtown in Chicago on September 28, 1872. They left the Chicago area
and went to Clayton County, IA around 1874.

Elisabeth's father, Heinrich Wille, worked for Lewis Balgamon as a farm hand in York Twp.,DuPage County, Illinois, in 1880. He was 59 at that time. We do not know what happened to her mother, Dora Wille born 1830-31, and two brothers, Wihle Wille born 1862-63 and Fr Wille born 1866. (William and Frederick ?) They were on the ship with Elisabeth but we are unable to find any documents with them here in the US except the arrival manifest.

John Carl (Chas.) Meyer had a brother Frederick Meyer who also went to Clayton County, IA but we do not know if he went to Chicago.

We would appreciate any help anyone could give us in finding the WILLE family in particular.


 

Name: Beverley Sherwood <beverleysherwood@yahoo.ca>
Date: 2004-06-11
Comments:
I am helping a friend to try to locate his grandfather Richard H Mathews from Chicago...Mr Mathews married Charlotte Ann Mills Nov 14, 1887, in Chicago, Il. He died prior to Jan 1891 probably 1890. Charlotte Mills was a nurse, but we have very little info on her, except she died in Montreal in 1914. Can anyone help? Thank you.
 

Name: Gail Madsen Ahrens <gahren@aol.com>
Date: 2004-06-06
Who are your Oak Park ancestors? James Peter & Ellen Madsen
When did your ancestors come to Chicago? about 1885 to 1890
Any surnames you want to list? (Searchable!) Madsen
Comments:
James & Ellen Madsen had five sons, Robert, John, Fred, Pete, and Edgar, and two daughters, Margaret and Marion. I would like to know if James had any of his family from Denmark living in the area. He owned an excavating business and later moved to River Forest. If you have any information on this family, I would love to hear from you. Thanks.
 

Name: Joane Smith <joa6smi@aol.com>
Date: 2004-05-28
Who are your Oak Park ancestors? Kenneth & Marie Ricci Plummer
Any surnames you want to list? (Searchable!) Plummer
Comments:
Lt. Col. Kenneth Alexander Plummer died in Oak Park on 7/24/97. He is buried with his wife at Arlington National Cemetery. Obits 7/26-27/97 Sun Times and 7/26/97 Tribune
 

Name: Laurie Abbott <laworks1@aol.com>
Date: 2004-05-28
Who are your Oak Park ancestors? Farrell
When did your ancestors come to Chicago? 1895-1900?
Comments:
I'm looking for any information on John Joseph Farrell, chicago Ill. 1906-1964, His Father Mattigan?? O'Farrell?? or
Mattigan?? Farrell. Thanx, Everyone!!

 

Name: George Draves <georgedraves@smig.net>
Date: 2004-05-15
Who are your Oak Park ancestors? Gertrude & Emile LaBelle
Any surnames you want to list? (Searchable!) LaBelle
Comments:
Gertrude McCabe was born about 1905 to Mary Fitzgerald McCabe and John McCabe. She married Emile J LaBelle around 1925. Emile was born in Canada and immigrated to the US around 1912. Gertrude and Emile had three sons at the time of the 1930 census and I am sure they had more children. I would like to know of more descendants. My mother was a cousin of Gertrude.
 

Name: Christine Jones <caspoff.com>
Date: 2004-05-08
Who are your Oak Park ancestors? I don't have any
When did your ancestors come to Chicago? Late 1800's-early 1900s
Any surnames you want to list? (Searchable!) Jarm O'Toole Russell Gaughan Dooley
Comments:
I am just starting out with very little to go on
 

Name: Bill Marose <w_marose>
Date: 2004-04-28
Who are your Oak Park ancestors? Marose, Zellmer, Behnke and Wandrey
When did your ancestors come to Chicago? 1880-1884
Any surnames you want to list? (Searchable!) Marose, Zellmer
Comments:
August Marose's daughter married Emil Zellmer
 

Name: Lisa Yankee <l.yankee@comcast.net>
Date: 2004-03-28
Who are your Oak Park ancestors? caroline etta and alexander dougherty
When did your ancestors come to Chicago? approximately 1945
Any surnames you want to list? (Searchable!) dougherty
Comments:
I am searching for information regarding my mother being taken by the state in 1946 1947 I have not been able to locate any gaurdianship records. Joan Dougherty was the minor's name
 

Name: Valerie Bladon <bladon.england@ntlworld.com>
Date: 2004-03-18
Who are your Oak Park ancestors? William Wilbraham
When did your ancestors come to Chicago? 1892
Any surnames you want to list? (Searchable!) Wilbraham
Comments:
William Wilbraham married Blanche? and had a daughter Mary Ellen Wilbraham. They lived at 831 Columbian Ave during the 1920s. He died 1927. I would like to contact anyone else connected to this family. William also had a brother Isaac who was living in Chicago in the 1890s.
 

Name: GEOFF POTTER <GPOTTER583@COMCAST.NET>
Date: 2004-02-26
Who are your Oak Park ancestors? UNKNOWN
When did your ancestors come to Chicago? 1890's
Any surnames you want to list? (Searchable!) nelson
Comments:
need help in Chicago


 

Name: Elaine James <Silverdng5@aol.com>
Date: 2004-01-30
Any surnames you want to list? (Searchable!) VanderPloeg
Comments:
Hello, My name is Elaine james, ( Silverdng5@aol.com ) I am just getting started with Family tree maker,,,,and looking for places to search
 

Name: Chris MacDonald <cgmac@comcast.net>
Date: 2004-01-27
Who are your Oak Park ancestors? Marilyn Elisabeth Reynolds
When did your ancestors come to Chicago? Don't know
Any surnames you want to list? (Searchable!) Reynolds
Comments:

I am looking for the parents of Marilyn E. Reynolds b 1929. I have found a family with Charles W. as
head of household in the 1930 census in Oak Park neighborhood. I assume this is the correct family. I was not able to find Charles W. in IL census for 1920

 

Name: LEONARD RUT <LEONARDRUT@HOTMAIL.COM>
Date: 2004-01-16
Who are your Oak Park ancestors? RUT, JANDECKA, DELUDE, NIRAD
When did your ancestors come to Chicago? EARLY 1900'S
Any surnames you want to list? (Searchable!) RUT, JANDECKA, DELUDE, NIRAD
Comments:
RUTS, JANDECKAS, DELUDES, NIRADS LIVED IN OAK PARK/ BERWYN IN THE 1920'S AND 1930'S.
 

Name: erin milloy whitten <blondie775747@hotmail.com>
Date: 2004-01-10
Who are your Oak Park ancestors? springs, milloys
Comments:
Thank you this is the first record i have found of my grandmothers family, the springs.
 

Name: Don Barth <djbarth@copper.net>
Date: 2004-01-03
Who are your Oak Park ancestors? Albers, Hansen,
When did your ancestors come to Chicago? early 1900's
Any surnames you want to list? (Searchable!) Albers, Laros, Nigro
Comments:
Thanks for the research and clear presentation of findings. Great for those of us that cannot physically check local records.
 

Name: Michelle Carlson <michelle.omte@starband.net>
Date: 2003-12-18
Who are your Oak Park ancestors? n/a
When did your ancestors come to Chicago? n/a
Any surnames you want to list? (Searchable!) n/a
Comments:
michelle
 

Name: Tammy Koester Ross <abbisgramma@aol.com>
Date: 2003-12-07
Who are your Oak Park ancestors? Fredrich and Bertha Koester
When did your ancestors come to Chicago? 1900
Any surnames you want to list? (Searchable!) Jones, Barr, Grohn
Comments:
My grandfather, Fredrich August Carl Koester committed suicide on the front porch of 232 Flournoy in Oak Park, July 1930. Do you have any info on that? Thanks Tammy
 

Name: Eugene R. Goshorn <GENEG265@AOL.COM>
Date: 2003-11-30
Who are your Oak Park ancestors? John Gooshorn/Goshorn
When did your ancestors come to Chicago? About 1850
Any surnames you want to list? (Searchable!) Goshorn/Gooshorn/Goosehorn
Comments:
More than three dozen members of the Goshorn family have lived in the Chicago area since John Gooshorn, 28 years old, was listed in Chicago's Seventh Ward in the 1850 census. I'm still trying to figure out how, exactly, he fits into the overall family. There are many Goshorn mysteries in Chicago.