This past weekend I decided to go on a little excursion into my family's past. While working on the Panfil family tree I have come up with birth certificates (found on familysearch.org) of most of my great-grandfather's brothers and sisters. There are three different addresses listed as the children progress from oldest to youngest. I decided it would be kind of fun to see what those neighborhoods look like now & see if the houses my family once occupied seemed to be still there. Now the tricky part is that those birth certificates were from anywhere between 1903 and 1915 (1922 if you include my grandfather's which i found too). Chicago has since then changed the name of many streets in the city and I wasn't sure I was going to be able to figure out where these houses were. I did some searching on Google and first came across Chicago Street Name Changes which is a web-hosted PDF, it came be a little rough to navigate, as there isn't much explanation just street names prior to the change, and after the change. The second website I found was Searching the Chicago Streets Database. All you have to do is type in the street name, hit search, and voila! you have your new street.
After all that I did some quick mapping and luckily all the places I was visiting were with in a few city blocks of each other, and pretty easy to find. I figured while I was there I'd also stop by the church where it was pretty obvious they attended because all of their obituaries listed it as the location of the funerals. The first house is in the neighborhood of the Near West Side of Chicago while the others are in the Wicker Park/Pulaski Park neighborhoods. While these areas are now home to mostly Hispanic and African American populations, it was once known as the Polish Downtown.
That's all for today, as I've probably rambled enough to drive anyone who reads this crazy. =)