US, Canadian, and Polish Records at the Family History Library

Today I spent most of the day researching vital records in Vermont, particularly the Gibson and Paradee surnames. I could have spent the entire day on these records, but I wanted to look at a couple of other records, too.

I searched the 1871 and 1881 Canadian census records for the Gibson family. I found three relevant Gibson families in the 1871 census, all related to John and Sarah Gibson, but I could only find the family of Willard Gibson in the 1881 census. I don’t know where everyone else was in 1881.

I also searched the San Jose city directories for two people who, according to the 1930 census, were residents of San Jose, California. The couple was listed in San Jose in the 1931 city directory, but not in later editions. From this information, I’m not sure if the couple moved out of San Jose or if one of them died. I’ll have to look at other records.

Finally, I searched the parish records for Wigry, Russia (now Poland) for records on the ancestors of the Izbicki family of Worcester, Massachusetts. I found a few records, but now I’m running out of time.  The library closes soon, so I’ll have to pack up and head back to the hotel.

Unfortunately, my laptop has been acting up ever since I arrived in Salt Lake City. It now shuts down by itself after a few minutes. I have been able to copy sufficient information to paper in order to keep my research going, but I’m rather concerned about this situation. I suspect the fan is malfunctioning and the computer is overheating. I’ll have to get the computer repaired, so blogging may be intermittent until things are fixed.

Tomorrow, I plan to spend some time relaxing in the morning and then spend some time at the Salt Lake City Public Library in the afternoon. I head back to the west coast in the evening.

All in all, it’s been a productive weekend.

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