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Sunday, August 21, 2016

Origins and Locations of People Who Share Your Last Name

You can locate current and sometimes historical locations of people who share your last name.  It is a great way to help you find where your ancestors originated.










Click on the link below and type in your own name to see the distribution.

ancestry.com/learn/facts

http://worldnames.publicprofiler.org

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Choose the country from the table below you are interested in, click on the link, type in your name, and take a look at the map.


Tracing Immigrant Origins  Gotoarrow.png  United States  Gotoarrow.png  Emigration and Immigration  Gotoarrow.png  Surname Distribution Maps 

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Sometimes it is possible to guess where a surname originated through surname distribution maps. These maps graphically display locations where surnames occurred at different periods in time. This strategy provides genealogists with a starting point for research in the birth country, when that information cannot be discovered through sources recorded in the new country of settlement. It works particularly well for less-common surnames and among families that have stayed in the same European locations for centuries.


Online Surname Distribution Maps

Country
Website
World Names
http://worldnames.publicprofiler.org/
Argentina
http://www.miparentela.com/mapas-ar/
Austria
http://christoph.stoepel.net/geogen/en/Default.aspx
Belgium
http://www.familienaam.be/
Canada
http://www.dynastree.ca/
Czech Republic
http://www.kdejsme.cz/
England
http://www.ancestry.com/learn/facts/default.aspx
England
http://gbnames.publicprofiler.org/
England ($)
http://www.rootsuk.com/
France
http://www.geopatronyme.com/
France
http://www.genealogie.com/v2/services-nom-de-famille/
France
http://www.familleunie.fr/cartes
Germany
http://christoph.stoepel.net/geogen/en/Default.aspx
Germany
http://www.verwandt.de/karten/
Germany
http://www.gen-evolu.de/
Ireland
http://www.irishtimes.com/ancestor/
Italy
http://gens.labo.net/en/cognomi/genera.html
Netherlands
http://www.verwant.nl/kaarten
Netherlands
http://www.meertens.knaw.nl/nfb/index.php?taal=eng
Poland
http://www.moikrewni.pl/mapa/
Spain
https://idapadron.ine.es/fapel/FAPEL.INICIO
Spain
http://www.miparentela.com/mapas
Spain
http://www.ine.es/daco/daco42/nombyapel/nombyapel.htm?L=0
Switzerland
http://www.verwandt.ch/karten/  
United Kingdom
http://www.dynastree.co.uk/maps
United Kingdom
http://www.forebears.co.uk/surnames
United States
http://www.ancestry.com/learn/facts/default.aspx
United States
http://www.dynastree.com/maps
Wales
http://www.ancestry.com/learn/facts/default.aspx
Wales
http://gbnames.publicprofiler.org/
Wales
http://www.rootsuk.com/

External links

Thursday, August 18, 2016

O'Hare is America's Most Dangerous Airport


Why O'Hare is America's most dangerous airport--and why it will get worse

And Midway is Number 12

A new study based on Federal Aviation Administration statistics shows that O'Hare International Airport is the nation's most dangerous airport.
The study is based on the number and potential severity near-collision between airplanes incidents at the airports.  (See the full methodology.)
Travel and Leisure Magazine, which conducted the study, cited a previously reported 2006 incident in which United Airlines Fllight 1015 , speeding down a runway for takeoff narrowly avoided crashing into an Atlas Air 757 cargo plane taxing directly into its path. (The Tribune has reported extensively on such runway "incursions," but this is the first time that I've seen a comparative list compiled of all America's airports.)
Click to read the full article:


History of O'Hare International Airport




Since the site was chosen for Chicago's new airport in 1945, O'Hare has quickly grown into one of the busiest and most well-known airports in the world. Take a look at how O'Hare has changed over the years, and how we continue to change and update Chicago's number one gateway to the world. 

FROM ORCHARD FIELD TO O'HARE INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT: 1945 - 1959



• In 1945, a Site Selection Committee appointed by Mayor Edward Kelly chose Orchard Field, the location of a Douglas aircraft assembly plant located on the northwest side of Chicago, as the site for a new Chicago airport. The site had four concrete runways.

• Temporary runway lights were added in 1946.

• In 1949, the Chicago City Council renamed Orchard Field as Chicago-O'Hare International Airport to honor naval aviator Lt. Cmdr. Edward H. "Butch" O'Hare, a Medal of Honor recipient from Chicago who died in World War II.

• O'Hare International Airport officially opened to commercial air traffic in 1955 and served 176,902 passengers in its first year.

Click to read more of the history of O'Hare International Airport.




O'Hare as it is today after billions of dollars of improvements.




Wednesday, August 17, 2016

Third Airport For Chicago - Land Acquisition



The map above shows land acquisition status for the planned third airport for Chicago. The red is the land already required while the green parcels are the land needed for the development of the inaugural two runway airport. The blue shows the land needed for the planned 6 runway airport.

I have been involved with this issue all of my professional career. The first planning document I ever read on the plan was in 1968 when it was planned to be located to the east of the present location.  The planning and environmental documents would probably fill a large room. The planned airport is south of Chicago, with access planned from I-57 and IL Route 50.

The planning for the airport was very difficult and controversial. Planning a major airport is much like bathing a large angry elephant. It is very large, difficult, and you can definitely get hurt.


To get a perspective on the size of this airport, here is one square mile which is the size of Midway Airport, once the busiest airport in the world and still a very busy second airport for Chicago. Environmental regulations require very large distances from new major airports far exceeding the distances of existing airports.

It will likely be some time before the airport is actually built. It requires airlines to commit to using the airport, and there are few developers with the capacity to build the airport. And the existing major airlines in Chicago do not want competition.

http://www.southsuburbanairport.com

http://www.southsuburbanairport.com/LandAcquisition/images/SSALandAcquistion_20160627.pdf

Tuesday, August 16, 2016

Centennial Homecoming Weekend


Homecoming Weekend Package - $140.00

Includes:
  • (1) Ticket to Homecoming Game
  • (1) Ticket to Centennial Gala
  • (1) Limited Edition Keepsake
  • (1) T-Shirt
  • (1) Hoodie
  • (1) Carnival Pass
* You may purchase items separately, however you save $20 by purchasing the whole package
HOST HOTEL: Alsip DoubleTree (5000 West 127th. St, Alsip, IL 60803)
Group Rate:  $130.00*/night
*You must book your room by September 7th, 2016 in order to lock in this rate
Reservations can be made at  www.alsipdoubletree.com or by calling 1-800-222-8733
The Group Booking Code is MPC
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Who Knew? The Location of the Fuel Door on your Rental Car

Gas Tanks: Why Aren’t All Fuel Doors on the Same Side?

Quick: On which side is your vehicle’s fuel door? Must you look at the little diamond-shaped arrow on the fuel gauge EVERY time you fill up to know which side holds the fuel filler? Have you ever pulled to the fuel island to discover you’re on the wrong side? Did you utter bad…Allstatehttps://blog.allstate.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/09/Fuel-Door-Thinkstock.jpg

Last week while driving a rental car, I pulled up at a gas station and experienced the dreaded “Oh no!” moment: I had no idea on which side of my car the gas cap was located. If you’re like me, the initial “Oh no!” is followed by a few moments of awkwardly craning your neck out the window in hopes of seeing (or not seeing) the gas door on the driver’s side. More often than not, however, I guess and just pull up to the pump – only to back up and circle around when my guess is wrong.


Arrow Indicators on New Cars?

Mistaking the gas cap location may seem like a minor inconvenience. But, what if there were a way to always know on which side it were located, without ever exiting the vehicle?
Good news: The secret to the gas cap location has been on our dashboards all along. If you are driving a newer car (as many rental cars are), then take a look at the arrow by the gas gauge on your dashboard. Depending on your car, it may look like a triangle pointing to the left or right.
What does this mysterious arrow mean? It’s a directional indicator that identifies which side of the vehicle the gas tank is located. For example, if the arrow points to the left, it means the gas cap is located on the left side, so the car should be parked to the right of the gas pump.

Click to read the full article:  https://blog.allstate.com/gas-tanks-arent-on-same-side/?cid=CSY-PB-ZM-PA-z1170380outbrain__008c008cc87ed9fc05c2a00070d487ce571z:gas_tanks_why_aretn_all_fuel_doors_on_the_same_side#allstate.com


South Shore Interurban Railway


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KeFTGqF_pX8


The "Old South Shore" Interurban railway still runs from downtown Chicago to Southbend, Indiana.  


It still has some flag stops where a passenger can ask the train to stop and pick them up from low volume stations. Back in the old days passengers would light a newspaper at night to signal the train to stop.


The South Shore Line has flag stops. Back in the good old days you would flag a train and it would stop and pick you up.

I did this at Calumet Harbor, a desolate spot with no sign of any kind of train station.  I simply waived my hand and the seven car train stopped from 70+ miles per hour. I ran to the train and hopped off and off we went. People were surprised to see the train stop to pick me up.

At night people would light a newspaper so the train would know that a passenger wanted them to stop. Now flag stops have a  
"push button located in or near the shelter to activate strobe light to signal train to stop. Please push button at least 5 minutes before scheduled departure time of train. Strobe light will turn off automatically after 10 minutes. Passengers should remain visible to engineer when standing at platform. There is no strobe at McCormick Place or 63rd St."



The interurban was an electric railway that was important in the eastern half of the United States from about 1890 to 1925. Interurbans provided passenger service between cities and towns.

Interurbans were a cross between a streetcar and a train. There were 15,500 miles of interurban rail in the US in 1915.


Interurbans in the Chicago region included the Chicago North Shore and Milwaukee Railroad (North Shore Line), the Chicago Aurora and Elgin Railroad, and the South Shore Line.




The South Shore Line that services Chicago to South Bend is one of the last operations still running in the US that began life as an interurban.  It still operates in Michigan City, Indiana down the middle of a street like a street car.  The equipment is now modern electric rail equipment.













 









WHAT IS AN INTERURBAN?

Comparing electric interurban railways and "steam railroads". The three major interurbans entering Chicago were not typical interurban lines, enabling them to survive well beyond the 1930's, when most interurban lines were abandoned.

SOUTH SHORE LINE

"America's Last Interurban" continues to operate between Chicago and South Bend, Indiana.

NORTH SHORE LINE

Operated until 1963 between Chicago and Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

CHICAGO AURORA AND ELGIN

Operated until 1957 west of Chicago.

SAMUEL INSULL

These three major interurban lines entering Chicago were once controlled by Samuel Insull, who also controlled various electric companies including Chicago's Commonwealth Edison, along with other interurban lines in Indiana, and the Chicago Rapid Transit Co.
Insull acquired control of the Chicago North Shore & Milwaukee Railroad Co. in 1916, the Chicago Aurora & Elgin Railroad Co. in 1926, and the Chicago South Shore & South Bend Railroad in 1925. Insull resigned from control of all companies in 1932.

MORE TYPICAL INTERURBAN LINES

The more traditional interurban lines were more local in nature, and were basically extensions of city streetcar lines into the country, and on to other cities. Such lines typically ran alongside country roads, which generally were not paved at the time. But the paving of such roads in the 1920's and 1930's made the local interurban lines obsolete, with buses able to do the job more economically.

SUBURBAN CHICAGO

The first local transit routes in Chicago's suburbs were electric railways, including streetcar and interurban lines. Nearly all of these routes were replaced with buses during the 1930's, evolving to today's Pace bus system.

NORTHERN ILLINOIS (BEYOND CHICAGO)

Local interurban lines did once extend beyond the Chicago area into northern Illinois. But outside the 6 county Chicago metropolitan area, public transit agencies were never approved, and local and interurban public transportation disappeared entirely.

INTERURBAN LINES BEYOND NORTHERN ILLINOIS

Some of America's most comprehensive interurban railway networks existed in the Midwest states beyond Chicago.

INTERURBAN LINES BEYOND THE MIDWEST

Beyond the Midwest, the development of interurban lines was generally quite fragmented, except in the densely populated northeastern United States, where many local electric railways existed and interconnected.

HOW DID THE INTERURBANS DIE?

The interurban industry is one of the most unsuccessful industries to ever exist in America. Included are misconceptions and myths, and what really happened to interurban transportation.

  1. Interurban - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

    en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Interurban

    Jump to Power collection by rolling stock – Most interurban cars and freight locomotives collected current from ... An example of this was the Chicago, Aurora, and Elgin where a ... AC transmission lines, and AC/DC conversion systems.

  2. CHICAGO INTERURBANS PAGE - chicago transit & railfan

    www.chicagorailfan.com/interxma.html

    When one thinks of an electric interurban railway, one usually thinks of the ChicagoSouth Shore and South Bend Railroad (South Shore Line), generally ...

  3. Interurban electric rail -- Chicago Tribune

    galleries.apps.chicagotribune.com/chi-130104-interurban-electric-rail-pi...

    The Chicago North Shore and Milwaukee Railroad, an electric interurban rail linethat carried passengers between Milwaukee and downtown Chicago, shut ...

  4. The Last Interurbans - Academic Web Server - Presbyterian College

    web.presby.edu › Academic Web Server › Jon Bell › Transit

    Jul 14, 2007 – A list of electric interurban railways in the US that survived until ... to Wisconsin, using a series of connecting interurban lines... 1957, Chicago, Aurora & Elgin, Illinois, Third-rail power; used 'L' tracks to reach Chicago's Loop ...

  5. Welcome to the Shore Line Interurban Historical Society

    www.shore-line.org/

    We invite you to join the Shore Line Interurban Historical Society and explore First & Fastest ... in what is now known as the Chicago Hub Network of Amtrak, and our special publications. ... Want to find out about our new electronic publication?

  6. Winnetka's “North Shore Line” Electric Inter-urban Service

    www.winnetkahistory.org/index.php?id=219

    Winnetka's “North Shore Line” Electric Inter-urban Service. Gazette ... Fifty years ago, an inter-urban, electrified railroad known as the Chicago, North Shore, and ...

  7. ELECTRIC INTERURBAN RAILWAYS | The Handbook of Texas ...

    www.tshaonline.org/handbook/online/articles/eqe12

    The electric interurban industry in Texas totaled nearly 500 miles, the second ...About 70 percent of the mileage was in the Dallas-Fort Worth area, where electric lines ... LeRoy O. King (Chicago: Central Electric Railfans' Association, 1982).

  8. Old South Shore (America's Last Classic Interurban Railway ...

    www.youtube.com/watch?v=1Hd4qqWZM4s

    Apr 10, 2008 - Uploaded by GreenFrogVideos
    Purchase at -- www.greenfrog.com By the late 1970s, theChicago, South Shore and ... been the sturdiest of ...
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  10. 6. THE ELECTRIC INTERURBAN IN ILLINOIS

    www.riverweb.uiuc.edu/.../Electric%20Interurban%20Rai8E6.html

    THE ELECTRIC INTERURBAN IN ILLINOIS ... Two of the interurban lines spreading outward from Chicago competed with the automobile for many years by ...

  11. Interurbans - Encyclopedia of Chicago

    www.encyclopedia.chicagohistory.org/pages/648.html

    By 1910 a network of interurban electric railways connected many of the cities ... to the Loop over the Chicago Elevated Railway's Northwestern line until 1919.




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