Sunday, October 14, 2007

Obit Search Finds

I was scanning some old photos I uncovered of people I knew but not exactly when and why they all got together. Then on the last one I noticed a small pencil note that just said "John's wedding" and now I knew what it was but not when. So I began to search the Internet and came across a site that didn't answer my question but found a lot more information I wasn't expecting.

I stumbled onto the Cleveland Public Library Necrology File. It's the alphabetical card file containing local cemetery records and newspaper death notices gathered by the staff of the Cleveland Public Library. It is a bit hit and miss and only goes up to 1975 but it is a free public database. You can go to it by clicking here. (Just don't forget to come on back.

Here is a sample of hit I have of some of my family:

Id#: 0673911
Name: Piszczor, Frank S.
Date: Oct 14 1958
Source: Cleveland Press; Cleveland Necrology File, Reel #145.
Notes: Piszczor, Frank S., age 39, Monday, Oct. 13, former residence, R.D. 1 Painesville, O., husband of Monica Helen, father of Paulette Ann and Susan Marie, son of Mr. and Mrs. Andrew Piszczor of McClellandtown, Pa., brother of John, Jesse, Michael, and Walter of Cleveland, Joseph of New Salem, Pa., and Andrew Jr. of McClellandtown, Pa. Friends may call at Mulqueeny Bros. Funeral Home, 99 E. Erie St. (Rt. 20), Painesville, 2-4, 7-9 Tuesday. Funeral Wednesday, Oct. 15, 9:30 a.m., St. Mary's Church. Burial All Souls Cemetery, Chardon.

Id#: 0673910
Name: Piszczor, Barbara Ann
Date: Oct 18 1973
Source: Plain Dealer; Cleveland Necrology File, Reel #145.
Notes: Pisczczor. Barbara Ann Piszczor, beloved daughter of Michael and Julia Piszczor, dearest sister of Michael Jr., also survived by grandmother and aunts and uncles. Funeral Saturday, Oct. 20, 8:30 a.m. at Mosinski Funeral Home, 3675 E. 65th St. Services 9 a.m. at Holy Name Church. Interment Calvary Cemetery. Visiting Hours Thursday And Friday 2-5 And 7-10 P.M.

Id#: 0673909
Name: Piszczor, Ann
Date: May 18 1957
Source: Cleveland Press; Cleveland Necrology File, Reel #145.
Notes: Piszczor, Ann, of 27699 North Miles Rd., beloved wife of John, daughter of John and Anna Gabick, sister of Mary Fabis, Vera Hodges, John Slosar, Margaret Marvnowski, passed away Friday, May 17, 1957. Funeral Monday, May 20, from the Mosinski Funeral Home, 3675 E. 65th St., at 9:15 a.m., St. Jude's Church at 10 a.m. Burial Calvary Cemetery.

Id#: 0717310
Name: Semik, Victoria
Date: Jan 23 1967
Source: Cleveland Press; Cleveland Necrology File, Reel #154.
Notes: Semik. Victoria Semik (nee Zadora), age 78, formerly of Fowler Ave., beloved wife of the late Martin, dear mother of Stanislaw, Francisick, Nora Martinez, Josephine Pesczor(Piszczor), John, Walter, Joseph, Mary Durtche, Anthony and Helen Apone, grandmother and great-grandmother, sister of Mary Zadora, of Poland, passed away Saturday, Friends may call at The B. J. Rumplik & Son Funeral Home, 5337 Dolloff Rd., Monday 2-5 And 7-10 P. M., where services will be held Tuesday, Jan. 24, at 8:30 A.M., St. Stanislaus Church at 9 A.M. Interment Calvary Cemetery.

Id#: 0789252
Name: Wolinski, Eva
Date: Aug 23 1951
Source: Cleveland Press; Cleveland Necrology File, Reel #168.
Notes: Wolinski, Eva, of 4025 E. 144 St., beloved wife of Anthony, dear mother of William, Sophie Betlejewski, Veronica Lewandowski and Monica Piszczor, sister of Joseph Lashinski, and grandmother, Tuesday. Funeral Saturday, Aug. 25, at 8:30 a. m., from Mosinski Corlett Funeral Home, 4035 E. 141 St., St. Mary's Church of Corlett at 9 a.m. Interment Calvary Cemetery.

Id#: 0789250
Name: Wolinski, Anton
Date: Aug 15 1957
Source: Cleveland Press; Cleveland Necrology File, Reel #168.
Notes: Wolinski, Anton, of 20734 Bowling Green Rd., beloved husband of the late Eva., dear father of William, Sophia Betley, Virginia Lewandowski, Monica Piszczor and grandfather. Friends received at Mosinski Funeral Home, 4035 E. 141st. Funeral Friday, Aug. 16, at 8:30 a. m., Our Lady of Czestochowa Church, 9 a.m. Burial Calvary Cemetery

The shortcoming is the search is based only on the deceased name and not any other names in the body of the obit. But then is is just another tool if you have leads in the Cleveland, Ohio area.

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