Sunday, April 6, 2008

Chicago City Directories

Yesterday I actually had a little success in my research of my Great Great Grandparents Charles and Katherine Ball! Special thanks to Jackie at the South Suburban Genealogical Historical Society! Jackie and I searched the Chicago City Directories from 1899 to 1923. City Directories can provide a wealth of information; names, addresses and occupations! Although these city directories are in very fragile condition, in the 1899 city directory, I found my GG Grandfather Charles J. Ball. He worked as a nurse (which I already knew) and he and Katherine resided at 631 Larabee! In 1902 and 1903 I could only find Katherine who was working as a nurse at the time and lived at 9135 Houston Aveune. There were a few years when neither Charles or Katherine appeared at all in the city directories, for what reason, I can not say. By 1907 Katherine was listed as a widow of Charles and resided at 5219 S. Wood. I was saddened to learn that fact.
As I continued searching, I found Katherine in the 1908, 1911, 1912, 1913, and 1917 Chicago city directories. She continued to move around the city of Chicago. I do not know what happened to her after 1917. She was not listed on the 1923 Chicago City Directory.
Of course, I wouldn't let an opportunity slip through my fingers. While I was searching for Charles and Katherine Ball, I also had a little success finding a few of my Guinee and Sawicki ancestors as well. All in all, it was a great afternoon!
Now my search moves in yet another direction. I have written a research request to IRAD (Illinois Regional Archives Depositories) to see if they can come up with any information on Charles and Katherine Ball. We'll see what happens.

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The Family

The family. We were a strange little band of characters trudging through life sharing diseases and toothpaste, coveting one another's desserts, hiding shampoo, borrowing money, locking each other out of our rooms, inflicting pain and kissing to heal it in the same instant, loving, laughing, defending, and trying to figure out the common thread that bound us all together. ~Erma Bombeck

Genealogy Pox, author unknown


SYMPTOMS: Continual complaint as to need for names, dates and places. Patient has a blank expressions, sometimes deaf to spouse and children. Has no taste for work of any kind, except feverishly looking through records at libraries and courthouses.
Has a compulsion to write letters. Swears at mailman when he doesn't leave mail. Frequents strange places such as cemeteries, ruins, and remote desolate country areas. Makes secret night calls and hides phone bills from spouse. Mumbles to self. Has strange, faraway look in eyes.


TREATMENT: Medication is useless. This disease is not fatal, but gets progressively worse. Patient should attend genealogy workshops, subscribe to genealogical magazines and be given a quiet corner in the house where he/she can be alone.

REMARKS: The unusual nature of this disease is that the sicker the patient gets, the more he or she enjoys it!