U.S., Chicago and North Western Railroad Employment Records, 1935-1970

This record collection in Ancestry Library Edition (Ancestry LE) indexes railroad employee records from the Chicago and North Western Railroad and the Chicago, St. Paul, Minneapolis & Omaha Railway. It was digitized from the collections of the Chicago & North Western Historical Society.

Terminals of the Chicago and Northwestern Railroad (loc.gov photo)
Terminals of the Chicago and Northwestern Railroad (loc.gov photo)

Since this record collection indexes more than 1 million records, it is useful both for its glimpses into railroad history, and the birth and parent information it provides. Its title is somewhat misleading, since thousands of persons included in this record collection were born prior to 1870 (and were thus likely not working for the railroad from 1935-1970). Clicking on View Record in search results provides the following information:

    Name
    Gender
    Race
    Birth Date
    Birth Place
    Father
    Mother
    Hire Date
    Record Date
    Record Place
    Occupation

Birth dates are generally day, month, and year (although birth dates prior to 1860 are sometimes year only); mother’s name generally includes given name and maiden name. You can search for specific individuals, or you can do searches for persons during specific years. The following birth year searches produce the following hits:

    SEARCH—BIRTH—YEAR 1830 (+ or – 10 years) 582 hits
    SEARCH—BIRTH—YEAR 1840 (+ or – 10 years) 1,694 hits
    SEARCH—BIRTH—YEAR 1850 (+ or – 10 years) 3,683 hits
    SEARCH—BIRTH—YEAR 1860 (+ or – 10 years) 6,038 hits
    SEARCH—BIRTH—YEAR 1870 (+ or – 10 years) 11.081 hits
    SEARCH—BIRTH—YEAR 1880 (+ or – 10 years) 32,597 hits
    SEARCH—BIRTH—YEAR 1890 (+ or – 10 years) 76,171 hits
    SEARCH—BIRTH—YEAR 1900 (+ or – 10 years) 120,916 hits

You can also do a search for birth locations:

SEARCH—BIRTH—LOCATION Saint Louis, Missouri, USA (Exact) 1,295 hits

SEARCH—BIRTH—LOCATION Kansas City, Jackson, Missouri, USA (Exact) 671 hits

You can use Ancestry LE at Central Library or any of our branches.

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