Chicago Genealogy: Chicago German-Language Newspapers

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Chicago Genealogy: Chicago German-Language Newspapers

Chicago Genealogy: Chicago German-Language Newspapers
are an invaluable source for German genealogical research in Chicago.

Chicago Genealogy: Chicago German-Language Newspapers

Gottfried Hann’s obituary

I’ve been working on the list of research resources for finding German ancestors in Chicago and there is a LOT of good stuff out there. I can’t stress enough what a valuable research tool the German-language newspapers are. Without an obituary in a Chicago German-language newspaper for my great-grandfather, he’d still be a complete brick wall.

Tomorrow and Thursday I’ll be posting the rest of my German-American resources for Chicago, including church records, organizations, archives, and more.

And also note: Every single one of my Chicago German-American ancestors turned out to be in fact Prussians. My ancestors were from Posen and Pomerania, which is now in Poland. As you know, Germany’s borders were very fluid in the 19th century and after World War II. However, I think in nearly all cases of Prussian ancestry, you are better served consulting German resources rather than Polish ones. My obituaries for my Prussians and Austrians were found in German-language newspapers, for example.

German-Language Newspapers Published in Chicago

German-language newspapers are an invaluable source for German genealogical research in Chicago. Obituaries that would not have appeared in English language papers often appear in German-language papers. The Chicago History Museum (formerly Chicago Historical Society) and The Newberry Library have the largest collections of German-language newspapers on microfilm. If you cannot do your research in person, the Newberry offers a list of genealogists for hire.

The leading papers were:

  • Abendpost and the Sunday edition, Sonntagpost, 1889-1929 and 1977-1978

  • Illinois Staats-Zeitung, 1871 – 1900

Chronicling America has digitized the following paper, available for browsing online here: http://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/lccn/sn83045868/

  • Vorbote. 1874-1924

Chicago Foreign Language Press Survey

This survey was published in 1942 by the Chicago Public Library Omnibus Project of the Works Progress Administration of Illinois. The project’s purpose was to translate and classify selected news articles that appeared in the foreign language press from 1855 to 1938. The project consists of 120,000 typewritten pages translated from newspapers of 22 different foreign language communities in Chicago

The CFLPS is a unique way of getting access to ethnic newspapers in a number of languages from the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries — many of which are difficult or impossible to find anywhere else.

The CFLPS does not contain the full run of any particular newspaper; it does contain a selection of translated articles based on topics that were thought to be important in the 1930s. German-language collection includes multiple volumes.

 

Chart of Selected Chicago Foreign Language Daily Newspapers

Illinois Newspaper Project

The Illinois Newspaper Project (INP) is funded by the National Endowment for the Humanities and administered by the Library of Congress as part of the U.S. Newspaper Program(USNP) and the National Digital Newspaper Program (NDNP). Both programs involve a cooperative effort between the states and the federal government designed to preserve the nation’s historic newspaper heritage.

Under the USNP, the INP team traveled throughout Illinois inventorying and cataloging collections held by libraries and repositories, private organizations, and individuals. A web-based searchable database of all newspapers discovered and preserved through the project is available. Newspapers that were not already been preserved on microfilm were filmed to create a permanent record of this vanishing material. All microfilm produced for INP is made available through interlibrary loan. Note: “u” in dates in citations means the span of publication date is unknown.

Search here by title or OCLC number for information on repository and holdings for the following titles:

Abend-Presse OCLC no. 29458337


Published in: Chicago

Language: German

Years Published: 1896 – 1913

Subject: German Americans

Abendblatt der Illinois Staats-Zeitung OCLC no. 09287864


Published in: Chicago

Language: German

Years Published: 1891 – 1894

Continued by: Abendblatt (Chicago)

Subject: German-American

Abendblatt OCLC no. 09287699


Published in: Chicago

Language: German

Years Published: 1894 – 1899

Continues: Abendblatt der Illinois Staats-Zeitung

Subject: German-American

Abendpost OCLC no. 09642267


Published in: Chicago

Language: German

Years Published: 1889 – 1950

Subject: German-American

America-Herold und Chicagoer-Herold OCLC no. 29572240


Published in: Chicago

Language: German

Years Published: 1929 – 19uu

Subject: German-American

Chicago Abend-Zeitung OCLC no. 21315480


Published in: Chicago

Language: German

Years Published: 186u – 18uu

Subject: German-American

Chicagoer Arbeiter-Zeitung OCLC no. 09357922


Published in: Chicago

Language: German

Years Published: 187u – 19uu

Subject: German-American

Chicagoer Daheim OCLC no. 13519441


Published in: Chicago

Language: German

Years Published: 188u – 18uu

Continues: Daheim (Chicago, Ill. : 1871). Continued by: Daheim (Chicago: 1889)

Subject: German-Americans

Chicagoer Frauen-Zeitung OCLC no. 29458343


Also called: Chicagoer Frauen Zeitung

Published in: Chicago

Language: German

Years Published: 1893 – 190u

Subject: German-Americans

Chicagoer Freie Presse OCLC no. 09335264


Also called: Chicagoer Hausfreund und Freie Presse

Published in: Chicago

Language: German

Years Published: 1874 – 1921

Continues: Freie Presse (Chicago). Absorbed by: Illinois Staats-Zeitung (Chicago: 1862)

Subject: German-Americans

These German-language Chicago newspapers can help your family research.

About the Author:

Nancy Loe has an MA in American History and an MLS in Library Science and Archives. She has appeared on PBS’s American Experience, at Rootstech, SCGS Jamboree, and state and regional genealogy conferences. Her website was featured in Family Tree Magazine's “Social Media Mavericks: 40 to Follow.”

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