- Search the Database: Enter the surname or at least the first three letters. First name is optional. Match first will match the first 3 or more letters in your surname entry. Exact match searches the full entry as entered.
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This online index is a compilation of death notices appearing for the years 1930-1971 in the Dziennik Chicagoski, Chicago’s Polish daily newspaper. It holds 147,573 entries. An additional database on the PGSA site covers the years 1890-1929.
Dziennik Chicagoski was a Polish language, Roman-Catholic newspaper. One should not expect to find death notices for persons of other ethnic groups or religions.
The names in this index are extracted exclusively from death notices paid by the families. By this time, and especially after World War II, the economic position of Poles had greatly improved compared to the period of highest immigration in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. However, due to cost, or the fact that deaths were readily known by neighbors, friends and parishioners, many people continued not purchase an obituary. Therefore, you might not find family members in these indexes
Please note that the editions from May through August 1964 were missing at the library and could not be indexed, and notices for 1971 are incomplete because some issues were not filmed and the newspaper ceased publication in that year.
You may find The Study of Obituaries as a Source for Polish Genealogical Research, by Thomas E. Golembiewski, published in 1984 by the Polish Genealogical Society of America to be of value. It is available from the PGSA Store, which can be accessed on this site.