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Amanuensis Monday: Wilhelm Jonas Naturalization Record

165

United States of America

State of Illinois,

Cook County

Pleas, before the honorable EW Burke one of the Judges of the Circuit Court of Cook County, at a term thereof begun and held at Chicago, in said county and state, on the third Monday (being the 15th day) of October in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred 4and the Independence of the United States the one hundred 19th.

Present, Honorable EW Burke one of the Judges of the Circuit Court of Cook County.

Jacob J. Kern States Attorney,

James H. Gilbert Sheriff.

Attest Frank J Gaulter clerk,

On the 23d day of October A.D. 1894, being one of the days aforesaid, came Wilhelm Jonas an alien, into court, and applied to be admitted as a naturalized citizen of the United States, and it having appeared to the satisfaction of the Court that the said applicant has resided within the limits and under the jurisdiction of the United States, for and during the full term of five years last past, and one year and upward immediately proceeding date hereof, in the State of Illinois, and that during said term of five years he has sustained a good moral character, and appeared to be attached to to the principle contained in the Constitution of the United States, as well disposed to the good order, well being, and happiness of the same, and two years and upwards have elapsed since the said applicant filed the declaration of his intention to become a citizen of the United States, according to the provisions of the several Acts of Congress heretofore passed on that subject; and he having now here, in open Court, taken and subscribed the oath required by those laws to support the Constitution of the United States, and to renounce and abjure all allegiances and fidelity to every foreign prince, potentate, state, or sovereignty whatever, and more particularly all allegiance which he may in anywise owe to Emperor of Germany whereof he was heretofore a subject.

It is Therefore Ordered and Adjudge, by the Court, that the said Wilhelm Jonas be, and he is hereby admitted to all and singular the rights, privileges and immunities of a naturalized citizen of the United States, and that the same be certified by the Clerk of this Court, under the seal of said Court accordingly.

My Afternoon at The Archives

Today, I took some time out of my busy day to actually do bit of researching for my Jonas line. One of my goals is to NBC able to prove/disprove is Wilhem Jonas (my great-great grandfather) is related to Johann Jonas (who lived in the same general area and who’s children share the names of Wilhelm’s).

A few months back, I found the index record for both of their naturalization records on ancestry.com. At that time, I printed each index out knowing I would go to find their actual paperwork at IRAD. This morning, I decided today was that day. After I found the print outs of the index, I grabbed a quick lunch and set out on my mission.

Once I got to IRAD and requested my film, I sat and searched through the first roll of film. I was so upset because the index told me exactly what page I should find the record on and it was no there. I rewound the film, set it to the side and moved on tithe next roll. This roll was supposed to hold the record for Johann Wilhelm’s, I went to the page it listed and did not find him. I scrolled through every book that was on this roll and found zilch! I was disappointed, to say the least.

I went back to the desk and spoke with the lady that was kind enough to assist me. We again looked at my ancestry index print out and decided we would try another volume. The index showed it should be volume 76 and I had already been through 73-76 and found nothing. So, looking at the printout, I suggested we try 78. The 8 could easily have been mistaken for a 6.

While the lady looked for that roll of film, I went back to my first roll to see if Wilhelm’ would make an appearance. When I first started rolling through the film, I did not understand that there were multiple books on a film. I quickly went to the second book and then rolled forward to get to the correct page number, and there he was, Wilhelm’s Jonas! I was so excited. I printed off the paperwork and got ready for the next roll.

                    165 United States of America State of Illinois, Cook County Pleas, before the honorable EW Burke one of the Judges of the Circuit Court of Cook County, at a term thereof begun and held at Chicago, in said county and state, on the third Monday (being the 15th day) of October in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred 4and the Independence of the United States the one hundred 19th. Present, Honorable EW Burke one of the Judges of the Circuit Court of Cook County. Jacob J. Kern States Attorney, James H. Gilbert Sheriff. Attest Frank J Gaulter clerk, On the 23d day of October A.D. 1894, being one of the days aforesaid, came Wilhelm Jonas an alien, into court, and applied to be admitted as a naturalized citizen of the United States, and it having appeared to the satisfaction of the Court that the said applicant has resided within the limits and under the jurisdiction of the United States, for and during the full term of five years last past, and one year and upward immediately proceeding date hereof, in the State of Illinois, and that during said term of five years he has sustained a good moral character, and appeared to be attached to to the principle contained in the Constitution of the United States, as well disposed to the good order, well being, and happiness of the same, and two years and upwards have elapsed since the said applicant filed the declaration of his intention to become a citizen of the United States, according to the provisions of the several Acts of Congress heretofore passed on that subject; and he having now here, in open Court, taken and subscribed the oath required by those laws to support the Constitution of the United States, and to renounce and abjure all allegiances and fidelity to every foreign prince, potentate, state, or sovereignty whatever, and more particularly all allegiance which he may in anywise owe to Emperor of Germany whereof he was heretofore a subject. It is Therefore Ordered and Adjudge, by the Court, that the said Wilhelm Jonas be, and he is hereby admitted to all and singular the rights, privileges and immunities of a naturalized citizen of the United States, and that the same be certified by the Clerk of this Court, under the seal of said Court accordingly.

 

Searching roll number 3, I was able to easily locate Johann Jonas. I printed his information and moved forward. I wanted to find the intent and petition paperwork as well.

In order to find the intent and petition paperwork, I needed to look at a tool that is a handwritten, alphabetized book that has been filmed. Not an easy task! After about 15 minutes, I had to give up because I needed to get to school to pick up my daughter. So, I asked the nice lady if they can pull the rest of the paperwork for me and mail it to me. She said that she would handle it for me.

I love the way that IRAD handles things for upon. They will search for me, free of charge, and print everything out. When they mail it to me, there will be a bill for printing fees. $1 for the first page and .20 for each additional page. Not too shabby if you ask me. The only real problem I the amount of time it will take. Which is usually 4 – 6 weeks.

But, to get this paperwork, I will wait patiently. I have many other records waiting for me to transcribe them. I need to get to work, soon!

Tuesday’s Tip: Casting a Larger Net

For the past few months I have been researching my German line, the Jonas Family from Morton Grove, IL. In 1999 when I started researching my family, the information I had on this family was basic. What I knew, came off of birth or death certificates that I found among the papers that my maternal Grandmother had left behind, which now are housed with my father. When I started researching the family, the only thing I was able to do was find census records and add siblings to what I already new. That was it. Whoever I asked in the family had no further information, maybe a few family stories, but nothing that gave me clues to where the family was buried or anything else.

This past year, the records from Family Search has opened up so much information on this family for me. I found many birth, marriage and death records adding information to the families and watching them continue to grow and add new branches to their families.

But, here is what I want to share. As I was researching this family, I found the death record for Marie Jonas. Her place of burial was not so far from my house and it was a beautiful day, so I went straight to the cemetery to find her last resting place. Once I found hers, I found many other Jonas graves, none that matched my family. Since then, I have been trying to prove/disprove a family relation. To do this, I have been researching a second Jonas family from the Morton Grove area, that came here from the same part of Germany as my family.

Knowing that I still have not found one of the children of my Jonas family, I was really hoping that one of the extra Jonas’s that I found at the cemetery would turn out to be said child. Once I went back and analyzed all the data that I had collected on the second Jonas family, I was able to determine 100% that John Jonas (whom I thought would end up being the ‘missing’ child) belonged to the second Jonas family. I was happy to be able to place John with his family.

Though I have figured out where he belongs, that does not mean this family will not end up being related. I am still researching this. It pays to cast a larger net, research the families in the area with the same name. There is no guarantee that they will be related, but you may be able to learn something new about your family.

Changing Some of my Goals for 2012

In the beginning of the year many geneabloggers picked buddies to help keep them on track with their goals for this year and then proceeded to blog about said goals. Read my original goals here.  After almost a full month into the year, I know that what I have planned to accomplish as goals is far-reaching and not attainable this year. That would be the goal to research my Richmond line to verify if it is part of the Rogers Mayflower line. This is probably something that will take me a year or two to do and maybe a road trip to follow-up on some of those leads. This goal also plays into my writing goal, I want to be ale to write about the Richmond line. There are many brave men in this line with stories to tell, but I want all the facts before I can do that. So, with much thought I know I need to rewrite these two goals.

Research: This is the year that I plan to analyze my research (again), I have found a way that really helps me see the big picture and find what I am missing. While doing this, it also might make things easier to find in the 1940 Census once released. While analyzing the families I will be searching for the missing documents and making a list of what cannot be found and where I need to look next for said record.

Writing:

1) This still tends to be the hard one for me. My goal here is to blog more consistently. Which I have been able to do so far. I plan to use the bloggers editorial calendar to stay up to date (and maybe a little ahead).

2) I was asked to write a chapter in Jen Holik’s kids genealogy books on travel and researching your family, which I have sent in my first draft today.

3) I still would like to write a book about one of my families, right now I feel that will end up being my German family, the Jonas’. I seem to be drawn to this family currently and I would like to put everything I have learned about this family in writing.

Please stay with me as I move forward this year with these goals. If anything, I should prove to entertaining and hope to share what I learn along the way.

Amanuensis Monday: Obituary of Emma Felske

Chicago Tribune 17 Jul 1959

Felske – Emma Felske, age 72, July 15, 1959, beloved wife of the late Gustav; fond mother of Walter, Edward, Fred, and Florence Braun; loving grandmother of seven; great-grandmother of one; dear sister of Bertha Klopp, Margaret Voigtlander, Max and Ted Jonas. Services Saturday, 2:30 p. m. at chapel 3905-07 N. Lincoln avenue, interment Rosehill.

Amanuensis Monday: Obituary of Charles Klopp

Chicago Tribune  30 Aug 1944

Charles Henry Klopp of 3509 Belden avenue, beloved husband of Bertha, nee Jonas; dear father of Norine and Robert C. Klopp. Services Friday at 2 p. m.,  at funeral home, 3301 Fullerton avenue. Interment Town of Maine cemetery.

Amanuensis Monday: Obituary of Bertha Klopp

Chicago Tribune  21 May 1973

Klopp

Bertha L. Klopp, nee Jonas, beloved wife of the late Charles H.; fond mother of Robert Charles (Sharron) and the late Norine Poniatowski; grandmother of six; sister of Ted Jonas. Funeral services Tuesday, 1 p. m., at Neilsen Funeral Home, 3301 Fullerton Av, Interment Town of Maine Cemetery. Visitation after 12 noon Monday. BE5-6878

Surname Saturday: Jonas Update

William (Wilhelm) Jonas b. abt 1863 in Germany,
m. Marie Lustgens b. abt 1863 in Germany and they had 14 children.

Unknown Jonas 

Augusta Jonas b. 1883 d. Nov 1958

m. Carl Freiburger before 1930

Emma Jonas b. 16 Jan 1887, Niles, Cook, IL d. 15 Jul 1959

m. Gustav Felske before 1904

Helen Felske b. 1904

Florence M. Felske b. 1905 d. 1970

m. Carl F Braun

Walter Felske b. 1907 d. 1986

Edward Felske b. 1911 d. 1979

Fred  Felske b. 1916

Annie Jonas b. Sep 1888

Wilhelmena (Minnie) Jonas b. Mar 1890

m. William Seifert 13 Mar 1909

William August Seifert 29 Jul 1910, Chicago, Cook, IL

Theodor Seifert 18 Nov 1911, Chicago, Cook, IL

Martha Seifert 15 Jan 1914, Chicago, Cook, IL

Louisa (Betha) Jonas b. 14 Jan 1892 Niles, Cook, IL d. May 1973

m. Charles Klopp 21 Oct 1913 Morton Grove, Cook, IL d. Sep 1944

Norine Klopp b. 1911 d. 1973

Robert C Klopp b. 1929

William Jonas b. Apr 1893 Cook, IL d. 22 Aug 1911 Cook, IL

Martha Jonas b. Dec 1894 Cook, IL d. 11 July 1911 Cook, IL

Otto Jonas b. Nov 1896 d. 1957

Ella Jonas b. 12 Apr 1898 d. 11 Oct 1956 Cook, IL

m. Frederick Jaeger 26 Nov 1918 Chicago, Cook, IL

Ruth Jaeger b. 29 Jan 1917 d. 18 Feb 1993 Chicago, Cook, IL

Margaret (Ida) Jaeger b. 1 Jan 1919 d. 15 Apr 1980 Chicago, Cook, IL

Dorothy Jaeger b. 24 Mar 1920 d. 28 Aug 2002 Chicago, Cook IL

Irene Jaeger b. 31 Oct 1923 d . 2 Mar 1993 Chicago, Cook, IL

Max Jonas b. Dec 1899 d. Aug 1969 Morton Grove, Cook, IL d. 4 Aug 1969

m. Jeanette Fudacz 21 Jun 1937

Matilda (Tillie) Jonas b. 16 Mar 1902 d. 29 Apr 1917, Morton Grove, Cook, IL

Margaretha Jonas b. 24 Aug 1904 Morton Grove, Cook, IL

Theadore Jonas b. 17 Dec 1906 Morton Grove, Cook, IL

I believe the unknown child is John Jonas who married Ida Vick. They are buried close to William and Marie Jonas in Niles, IL. But, I do need to find the connection to bring the families together. One of the witnesses for the marriage of John and Ida Jonas  is Emma Jonas. Emma is child #3 of William and Marie, if John does fit into this family, he would be child # 1 or 2.

Do you have any Jonas relations? My research into this family has been very recent and I would love to connect with anyone that has is a relation to the above mention people.

Wordless Wednesday – Fred and Ella Jaeger

Fred and Ella Jaeger, digital copy, original held by T. Foote ©2012

Amanuensis Monday: Obituary of Augusta Freiburger

Chicago Tribune  15 Nov 1958

Freiburger – Augusta J. Freiburger, beloved wife of the late Carl A.; devoted mother of the Rev. Paul M., Marie (Muench) Domerres, and Rev. Emil A.; also survived by five grandchildren and three great-grandchildren; dear sister of Emma Felske, Minnie Seifert, Bertha Klopp, Margaret Voigtlander, Max and Ted Jonas. Services Monday, 2 p. m., at funeral home, 3301 Fullerton avenue, Interment St Lucas’ cemetery.

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