Roman Catholic Union of America
Insurance Claim Records
About the Records
by James J. Czuchra
The Polish Roman Catholic Union of America was organized
in 1882 as a mutual benefit society. It began selling fraternal insurance
in 1887. While it started in Detroit, it later moved to Chicago.
Early death claims (before about 1912) are names entered
into ledger books. This is of little genealogical value. Death claims
afterward are valuable since a death certificate is usually part
of the claim. If the person became a PRCUA member prior to 1912,
it is unlikely that an insurance application exists. It is possible
to find applications in the claim packets of members who joined after
1912. The application is usually a good genealogical source, since
it may shed light on the Polish place of birth and information about
the number of people in the applicant's family.
Please Note: The PRCUA database displays
all records entered. The following are not available
1. Early records (1887-1912) were
ledger entries only - without documents.
2. Some documents were destroyed
by water or other damage.
3. Later records (#50200 and over)
and cash surrenders are not accessible.
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