Wednesday, September 26, 2007

Genealogue Challenge #45

Tuesday was the anniversary of Shel Silverstein's birth.

When did his maternal grandfather die?


Sigmund Balkany died in Chicago 24 Dec 1924 from this site:


Sigmund Balkany died in Chicago on 23 Dec 1924.



I also note that Shel died on the sixth anniversary of the death of his mother, Helen Balkany Silverstein. 10 May.


Shel Silverstein's mother was named Helen Balkany Silverstein.

Her father was Sigmond Silverstein

(1920 census, Illinois, Cook Cty, Chicago ward 15, district 877, page 16B, line 59)

He died Dec. 23, 1924

(Illinois Statewide Death index 1916-1950


The third grade teacher in me had to solve this one! :)
First I did a search on for Shel Silverstein
Knowing that he was born in Chicago, I did a search on ancestry for the 1930 US Census Illinois, Chicago for Silverstein... only to discover there were too many Silversteins!
Then I searched on Google for Shel Silverstein and found within the first page this mention of his parents' names (Nathan and Helen)on a BBC site - 38k
Going back to Ancestry, I tried Nathan Silverstein in the 1930 Census and found four-only one was listed with a wife Helen. They were living in 1930 with her mother, Rae Balkany, who was a widow
From there, I looked at the 1920 US Census and found Rae and Sigmond Balkany living in Chicago with 3 daughters including Helen and narrowed down his death between 1920 and 1930.
I tried searching other databases in Ancestry and Rootsweb with no luck and googled the Balkany name.
Finally I tried and tried "Chicago Death Records" BINGO! Sigmund Balkany was listed in the database-date of death 1924-12-23
Now to get back to grading papers!! :)


Yes, it was Sigmund Balkany, and he died 23 Dec. 1924 in Chicago. Unless there were two men named Sigmund Balkany living in Chicago, which I kind of doubt.

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